VC Firm Jobs Page

VC firms typically don't hire very many people. But our portfolio companies sure do. So what you typically see when you go to a VC firm's website is a jobs page that showcases jobs from their portfolio companies. USV's jobs page is here. I blogged about it here.

Earlier this week Foundry Group rolled out a similar jobs page. Brad Feld blogged about it here.

As Brad said in his post:

This page is built on top of Indeed, in our opinion the best job search engine. We are not investors in Indeed, but our friends at Union Square Ventures are. They led the way on this one, working with Indeed and hacking together some code to make a dynamic jobs page. We looked at several options but kept coming back to the USV Jobs page. Kelly Collins and Ross Carlson in our office did all the work. They had help from Gary Chou at USV who generously provided all the code he’d written along with advice, as well as Matt Molinari from Indeed who helped Kelly and Ross figure out all the nuances of the integration.

If you would like a jobs page like the ones at USV and Foundry Group, we can help you get it done. Email me using the "Contact" link at the bottom of this blog and I will put you in touch with the people who can help you make it happen.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    These are great resources Fred.I’ve sent them along to friends on both the VC side and job seekers.

  2. gorbachev

    550 open job positions. That’s amazing!

    1. fredwilson

      there are sectors of the economy that are producing jobs like crazybut there are many others that are shedding them just as quickly



  3. Guest

    Congratulations on using Indeed, I hadn’t seen your job page before and it’s way more usable than most VC’s job pages I know. Keep up the good work coming up with all those vacancies!

  4. RacerRick

    Seems like it should be easy to setup a page like that. Maybe it’s Brad’s reliance on WordPress.

  5. Emil

    I really like this eco system!

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  7. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    Looks like Zynga tops the list.The exhaustive list shows that USV’s investment thesis is working like a magic. Good luck and let the trend continue …

  8. paramendra

    Great idea. 

  9. Chris

    Would be really interesting to know how well a job listing on a VC site works for finding talent as opposed to on the Startup site or job boards – do the startups see a higher calibre of application through the VC referral? Perhaps this is purely an academic debate but I’m curious…Great post as usual! 

    1. fredwilson

      we have a lot of click data but not data on actual hires

      1. RichardF

        do you ask your portfolio co’s for standardised info (quarterly, every six months) ?  

        1. fredwilson

          what do you mean by standardized info?

          1. RichardF

            kpi’s, number of employees, positions open etcOne of the VC backed co’s I used to work for got all of it’s portfolio co’s to submit a quarterly standardised report.

          2. fredwilson

            that’s making portfolio companies do our workwe don’t do thatwe just deal with the info they present to us in the board meetings

  10. Steve Ward

    As a current job seeker, resources like these are invaluable. Thanks to Brad and Fred.Is there a way I can hack this into an RSS feed to keep updated on new listings? I already use RSS from Indeed for specific job searches, but a feed with all the USV companies would be nice.

    1. ShanaC

      Second this.

    2. fredwilson

      interesting ideai will ask about that

    3. Gary Chou

      We feature a number of jobs per day via the @usvjobs:twitter twitter account.Here is an RSS from Indeed for the USV companies:… 

      1. Steve Ward

        Thanks for the link Gary. I should’ve thought of just using logical operators in the Indeed search engine to pile it all into one feed. Works great.

  11. ShanaC

    What if you’ve never heard of a VC firm, or a company in them. How do you get around that barrier to find qualified people?

    1. GLHoffman

      We have taken a slightly different approach than Indeed or Simply Hired.  Instead of aggregating jobs from other job boards, where they both get most of the jobs, we only aggregate jobs off company websites.  So we welcome Fred’s help in getting the word out that the best place to find a job is on the company’s own website.  On it’s all we have.

      1. fredwilson

        i believe that a significant majority of jobs in Indeed’s index comes fromcompany websitescertainly all of the jobs on the USV jobs pages comes from company websites

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          1. ShanaC

            that may be a function of how jobs are posted….in order to catch the widest net….

          2. Donna Brewington White

            several contingency recruiters may be given an opportunity to fill the same job…so multiple/duplicate postingsmaybe more so in tech or other “hot” markets where it becomes a bit of a feeding frenzy

          3. Donna Brewington White

            You can do an advanced search and exclude jobs from “staffing firms” — you can also elect only to search company websites. Still may be 90% from recruiters, but at least you don’t have to wade through them.

        2. Glhoffman

          Not really Fred.  I don’t want to argue but most of the jobs on the Indeed site come from spidering other job boards,even though some of the jobs do come only from company websites.  It is still a great service that Indeed provides, giving job seekers one spot to find these jobs.  Some job seekers however, like to go directly to the company’s own application process without having to wade through a bunch of scam jobs or duplicate jobs.We tell people to job search using both…Indeed and

          1. fredwilson

            i know the numbers and i assure you that you are wrong

      2. Donna Brewington White

        I agree that the ideal place to find a job listing is the company’s website, but a lot of companies still do not post their jobs on their own site — especially some of the smaller companies which includes startups.  They just don’t have someone available in-house to maintain a “careers” page.BTW, the job boards you mention do aggregate from company websites.

  12. gorilla44

    You can debate the usefulness of companies like Zynga and Twitter but you cannot debate the economic impact of the thousands of high-paying jobs that USV-backed companies create.

  13. Amanda Maksymiw (@amandamaks)

    Fred, Thanks for sharing this info in today’s post.  My firm recently rolled out a similar style job board based on Indeed to showcase all of the open positions within our portfolio companies.  We’ve found it to be the easiest way to get all of the jobs posted quickly.…Cheers, Amanda MaksymiwOpenView Partners

    1. Donna Brewington White

      Amanda — Your firm is commendable in some of the steps taken to support your portfolio companies — OpenView seems to be leading out in this regard.  Very impressive.  Very cool.  I’ve been watching (and taking notes).

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    1. fredwilson

      i suspect they will do something like that but they have a big productroadmap they are already working on



    2. Mohammad

      Indeed should be creating something like this as a widget – I am sure there will be demand for it in many small businesses.

  15. Greg Gentschev

    On a tangent, it’s interesting to see VC firms developing little applications related to their portfolios.  How much do investors think about automating their own processes?  Do you have any IT support for portfolio companies submitting reporting data, asking for advice, tapping your networks, sharing questions or processes with other portfolio firms, etc.?  It may be that this is old news, but I would think there is a lot of potential for investors to differentiate themselves based on simplifying investor-portfolio interactions that have traditionally been manual and ad hoc.

    1. fredwilson

      we are trying to automate as much as we can to be more efficient in how weprovide support to our companiesgary leads this effort for us

  16. Project Management Certificati

    Perhaps this is old news, but I think there is great potential for investors to differentiate themselves based on a simplification of the portfolio investor PMP Exam

  17. markslater

    Its a great way to look at what your investment does for the economy. your are currently creating 628 new opportunities from nothing. there must be some interesting data here – seeing these numbers broken down by sector, location etc. interesting to know how much investment it takes to “create another job”. for every 100K invested, 2.x positions are created etc etc

  18. Tom

    everytime i read something from you it gets me thinking and that is good

  19. Drew Meyers

    I’d like some help with this if possible to add to a VC’s personal site I put together. Was it built as a WordPress plugin?