In the end, it didn’t quite take off. Candidates were into it, but companies not as much.
But the company most associated with the concept, NotchUp, lives on. The venture-funded startup is doing what founder Rob Ellis calls a “pivot.” Its new product, CloudFilter, is aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses who want help managing applicants (for free).
A restaurant is trying out the product in beta, as is a city tourism board in South Africa, a hiring manager at Motorola, and others.
Interestingly, NotchUp is launching a new paid add-on product, using crowdsourcing. With this “CloudFilter Pro” product, you create a job description, get resumes, and then send them out to a crowd of “talent scouts” for screening, rating them “qualified,” “unqualified,” or “spam.” They don’t see the contact information, so they can’t go stealing your applicants. This “Pro” plug-in should launch in about three weeks.