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