Guru.com

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Guru
Private
Industry Internet
Service Marketplace
Workforce Management
Crowdsourcing
Founded Pittsburgh
1998
Founder Inder Guglani
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Website Guru.com
Guru.com
Alexa rank
positive decrease 3,517 (April 2014)[1]

Guru.com is a freelance marketplace.[2] It allows companies to find freelance workers for commissioned work. Founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh as eMoonlighter.com and still headquartered there.

History[edit]

Guru Inc. was founded in 1999[3] in San Francisco as an online clearing house for high tech workers seeking short-term contracts. The company, led by brothers Jon and James Slavet, raised $3M in angel funding and a further $16M in a full venture round led by Greylock Partners and August Capital.[3] In a May 2000 interview, Paul Saffo cited Guru.com as an example of a company using the Internet to provide new kinds of services where individuals negotiated directly with potential employers.[4]

In May 2001, Ray Marcy, who had been the CEO at Spherion, a Florida staffing company, became CEO of Guru Inc. He hired industrial psychologist Janz and artificial intelligence expert Dan Crow to develop new software.[5]

In February 2002, Guru unveiled its SmartMatch technology, which matched résumés and other information about job applicants to jobs.[6] The company also developed a candidate profiling system using techniques from Industrial and organizational psychology to better understand a candidate's suitability for a particular job.

The company was acquired[7] in December 2002 by Unicru, a human resources software company based in Portland, Oregon. Guru's technology and staff remained with Unicru, focused on software to help large employers assess and hire job applicants.

Merger & Present day[edit]

Unicru sold the Guru.com domain name and logo to eMoonlighter.com, and eMoonlighter was renamed Guru.com. Guru.com directly connects businesses and employees in 160 different fields.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Guru.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Guru.com puts freelancers to workPC World
  3. ^ a b "The New-Boy Network". Inc magazine. 1 January 2000. 
  4. ^ Walker, Leslie (May 18, 2000). "Discussion with Paul Saffo, Director, Institute For The Future". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Clifford, Stephanie (July 2002). "Guru's Gamble". Business 2.0. 
  6. ^ Crow, D.; Desanto, J. (2004). "A hybrid approach to concept extraction and recognition-based matching in the domain of human resources". 16th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence. p. 535. doi:10.1109/ICTAI.2004.12. ISBN 0-7695-2236-X.  edit
  7. ^ Earnshaw, Aliza (4 August 2003). "Unicru expands capabilities with two acquisitions". Portland Business Journal. 

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