For Bengaluru-based predictive outbound hiring start-up Belong, every day is a fresh day chasing new talents. Belong helps organisations discover, engage and hire top talents. Its powerful recruiting software Belong Hire helps talent acquisition teams build data-driven capabilities to spot highly relevant candidates, and proactively engage and hire them through personalised interactions. “We are focusing on technology or technology-enabled companies that are seeing scale or and have significant hiring requirements primarily in senior engineering, product management, data science, digital marketing, sales and design,” says Vijay Sharma, CEO and co-founder, Belong. The start-up’s newly-launched Belong Experts solution offers fast-growing companies end-to-end hiring support from domain-specific talent experts on top of Belong’s predictive platform. Belong today supports the hiring needs of some of the world’s most innovative enterprises, including Cisco, Amazon, ThoughtWorks and Tesco.Co-founders Vijay Sharma, Sudheendra Chilappagari, Rishabh Kaul and Saiteja Veera, come from India’s technology ecosystem—where they spent much of their time hiring and scaling organisations across functions. The outbound hiring approach Belong is pioneering—leveraging social and public data to discover and engage top talent—grew from this experience.
“While at Practo and Exotel, I spent a substantial amount of time hiring. While doing this, I immediately understood the pain points of a recruiter in trying to find the right fit for a role,” said Sharma. “I eventually partnered with Sudheendra Chilappagari, who was then interning at Exotel, to conclude that what a recruiter does manually in a hiring process could be automated with much ease and could eventually be made into a product. This experience resulted in the idea of Belong. The firm was started in the year 2014 with Sudheendra Chilappagari, Saiteja Veera and Rishabh Kaul and I as the co-founders.”
Belong has received two rounds of funding. The Series A round of $5 million was led by Matrix Partners with participation from Blume Ventures, and angel investors Phanindra Sama, Kunal Bahl, Raju Reddy and many others in June 2015. The Series B funding of $ 10 million was led by Sequoia Capital India, with participation from existing investor Matrix Partners India in February 2017.