SmartRecruiters Acquires Berlin Data Science Startup Jobspotting

Acquisition establishes new world leader in data-driven recruiting

San Francisco and Berlin, January 31, 2017 – SmartRecruiters Inc., the leading provider of recruiting solutions, today announced the acquisition of Berlin startup Jobspotting GmbH. Active in 10 countries, Jobspotting is a recommendation engine driven by big data and artificial intelligence. To date, it has matched three million users with relevant jobs.

By combining Jobspotting’s advanced matching technologies with SmartRecruiters’ internationally-recognized Talent Acquisition Suite, a new global leader in data-driven recruiting has been established, according to Jerome Ternynck, SmartRecruiters Founder and CEO. “Jobspotting is a pioneer in the recruiting market, having built a compelling business based on big data and machine learning technology.” He further explained, “Hiring success rests on three groups of people: candidates, hiring managers and recruiters. By successfully harnessing existing data, we can make the hiring process work for everybody, helping companies find the best talent for their teams. Technology can unify the components of the hiring process, and that is why we believe that Jobspotting is the perfect partner to accelerate the process of delivering hiring success to our customers.”

Supporting the acquisition, Jeff Liebermann, Partner at Insight Venture Partners, added, “Big data and deep learning have a huge potential to empower recruiters to focus on human interaction and relationship building. We are thrilled to see SmartRecruiters continue to disrupt the status quo and build a better world for recruiters and candidates. Their acquisition of Jobspotting underlines their place at the leading edge of this market.”

The Jobspotting team will continue to operate out of Berlin and to develop data-driven products to be incorporated into SmartRecruiters’ existing suite of recruiting tools. Robin Haak, co-founder and COO at Jobspotting, said, “We share a common vision with SmartRecruiters, which is to solve unemployment worldwide. Both companies have been working on this from different perspectives, and our partnership brings together the best of both worlds.” Haak’s sentiments were enthusiastically echoed by Hessam Lavi, co-founder and CEO at Jobspotting, who commented, “Jerome and his team at SmartRecruiters are just as obsessed as we are about bringing technology to the old-school world of online recruiting. Our focus so far has been on improving the experience of job seekers worldwide. Through this partnership we enter the next big chapter, which is to open up our matching technology to recruiters as well.”


Jobspotting is a data-driven job board that matches users with relevant career opportunities. Using data science and machine learning, it offers recommendations based on personal preferences and improves over time through user feedback. Based in Berlin, the company was founded in 2013 by Hessam Lavi, Jan Backes, Manuel Holtz and Robin Haak. The founding team has many years of experience with Google, Axel Springer and other startups.

About SmartRecruiters

As a global leader in enterprise recruitment software, SmartRecruiters offers a cloud-based global Talent Acquisition Suite that allows teams to attract, select, and hire the best talent. 4,000 companies worldwide rely on SmartRecruiters to achieve hiring success—including brands like Bosch, LinkedIn, Skechers, and Visa—using recruitment marketing, CRM, AI, ATS, and a marketplace of 600+ connected vendors all within one scalable platform.

True to its mission of connecting people to jobs at scale, SmartRecruiters was recognized by Forbes as one of the Best Employers in 2020. For more information, visit or follow @SmartRecruiters on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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