India-based HackerEarth secures $500K in seed funding round

February 25
8:44 AM 2014

HackerEarth, an India-based platform that matches programmers with startups looking for technical talent, received a $500,000 from Angelprime for its seed funding round, TechCrunch reported. 

Sachin Gupta, a former engineer at Google, and his IIT batchmate Vivek Prakash launched HackerEarth in 2012. The startup aims to aid growth stage startups in India in looking for programming engineers. If programmers in Silicon Valley would prefer to work for a promising young company, the opposite is true in India where startups have to exert more effort in getting engineers to their team. This is because programmers there would rather choose to work with the bigger and more established technology firms, the report said.

While in some ways similar to GItHub, HackerEarth is not just focused on Open Source projects. Gupta told TechCrunch in an interview, "For developers, LinkedIn profiles does not matter as much as a platform where they can showcase their work, and GitHub is mostly about Open Source projects."

HackerEarth was able to help India-based startup InMobi get a programmer in Taiwan for Python and Ruby recently. Now, HackerEarth is setting its sights in markets in Eastern Europe and Asia. Gupta said, "Back in 2008, Java was hot around here. But now, many newer startups are looking to hire programmers who know Ruby, Python and even HTML in Javascript for front-end applications."

InterviewStreet, a graduate of YC, and others rival with HackerEarth in the recruitment arena but the latter says that what sets them apart from the rest is that they are intent on getting the right technical talent. It reviews a programmer's qualifications on even basic criteria like computing memory footprint and code quality by conducting programming challenges, the report said.

Angelprime is a incubator backed by several investors in Silicon Valley, including Mayfield, Jerry Yang and Social+Capital Partnership. HackerEarth is the fourth company incubated by Angelprime, the first three being ZipDial, Ezetap and SmartOwner, the report said. 

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