Roundup: Udacity Makes Money; SmartRecruiters Buys Jobpal

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Udacity reached profitability and signed a $75 million debt facility. Growth has been driven by business and government need for advanced technology skills, the company said. It also announced third-quarter total bookings increased 80% year-over-year.

SmartRecruiters acquired jobpal, an enterprise-grade chatbot provider that brings it into the world of recruitment process automation. The company said it will embed automation into “every step” of its recruiting workflow.

This week in #HRTech: @Udacity becomes profitable, borrows more money; @SmartRecruiters moves into automation; and more. #HR Share on X

HR platform Rippling launched a PEO targeting startups that need to hire remote workers. The company describes the program as “a turnkey solution.”  

Users of the ATS ApplicantPro can connect with video-screening platform Wedge through a new integration. The integration can be accessed without additional downloads, and allows candidates to connect through any device.

Arcoro, a provider of HR management solutions for high-risk industries announced, a partnership with construction-business software firm Sage. The integration allows users to connect employee data between both systems.

Top Echelon Software acquired ATS provider CATS Software. The acquisition expands Top Echelon’s customer and revenue base and strengthens its product offering, the company said. Top Echelon will continue to support CATS customers.


Limeade said Larry Colagiovanni became chief technology officer, responsible for evelopment and technical strategy. He joined Limeade as vice president of R&D in April. Before that, he was VP of marketing technology and general manager of eBay Seattle.

High-volume video recruiting and branding platform Heroes Jobs said Daniel Sullivan will join the company as vice president of sales and client success. He’s held positions at Monster and Professional Diversity Network.

Brent Skinner joined 3Sixty Insights as director and principal analyst of its HCM research practice. Most recently, he was a principal in Cornerstone OnDemand’s Global Thought Leadership & Advisory Services.

Jill Jones joined CrossCountry Consulting to head the firm’s Workday practice. Most recently, she worked at KPMG as a managing director leading sales, alliance and project teams.  

Financial services firm Alera Group named Brian Parker as vice president of employee benefits technology & services. Previously, he was a strategic advisor at Businessolver.

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