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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Jobs seems to be all that Washington wants to talk about right now. And for good reason. A lot of people are out of work. And incumbent Presidents don't often get reelected when 10% of the workforce is out of work. I've said my piece on that whole thing already. I'm not looking for Washington to solve the jobs issue. I'm looking for entrepreneurs to solve it. And they will in time.

One thing entrepreneurs can do is to make it easier for people to find a job. And we have a company in our portfolio that does exactly that. It is called Indeed and is located in Austin, TX and the Stamford, CT.  We've been investors in Indeed for five or six years now. And it is one of our best investments by any metric you'd want to use. We love the Indeed team, the Indeed product, and the Indeed mission, which is to make it easier for people to find jobs.

Indeed's job search is used by between 30mm and 40mm people worldwide every month according to comScore. That's a lot of people looking for work. If you haven't used Indeed's job search, you should check it out. It's by far the most popular job search in the world.

Today, Indeed is launching a new service called Indeed Resume. They posted about it on their blog. It works just like Indeed job search. What and Where. That's it. But it returns resumes instead of jobs. So it's search built for employers instead of employees. I really like the way they showcase the resume in the right rail when you hover over a search result, like this:

Indeed resume screen shot

If you'd like your resume to show up in Indeed Resume, post your resume here.

We can sit around arguing about how to solve the jobs issue in this country or we can do something about it. I'm happy to see some entrepreneurs doing something about it. And making money along the way. That's the way out of this jobs mess.

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Of all the things we have done at USV this year so far, the thing I am most proud of is the work of Gary Chou on our USV Jobs page. Gary wrote a bunch of code that hits the Indeed jobs service (Indeed is a USV portfolio company) and finds all the open jobs across our entire portfolio. The code then parses through the jobs, finds out where the jobs are, what kind of job it is, what the job title is, etc. And then all of the jobs are published and sorted on

Right now, 24 of our 32 active portfolio companies are hiring. There are 557 jobs open across 27 cities and several continents. I am proud of Gary's work on this service and I am proud that our firm is helping to facilitate that kind of job creation activity.

All of us at USV constantly get emails from people who want to work in our portfolio. We love getting these emails because our companies are always in search of great talent to hire. Often these emails come via an introduction from a trusted relationship. And often they come in unsolicited. But they almost always come without much context. So it requires a fair bit of work to take that initial email and turn it into a good lead for our portfolio companies.

Our hope is that can change that. If you want to work in a USV portfolio company or if you have a friend or contact that wants to do that, a visit to before you send the email can help a lot. There's a big difference between an email that says "I'd like to work in one of your portfolio companies" and one that says "WorkMarket is looking for a QA Engineer and I know of a really good one I'd like to intro you to."

We are all hoping that will result in a lot more of the latter and a bit less of the former. And if you know of a great QA Engineer in the NYC market, please send me an email.

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