Portfolio Spotlight: Jon Bischke, CEO of Entelo
Each month, Battery highlights a different portfolio-company CEO with our “Five Questions in Five Minutes” feature, showcasing the diversity of the Battery portfolio across investment stages, sectors and geographies.
What does your company do in 10 words or less?
Entelo uses machine learning to automate and optimize recruiting.
What is your favorite piece of management/leadership advice?
Expect the unexpected. Talented individuals who add to your company can be found in unexpected places. If you’re using a very rigid and traditional approach to recruiting, you’ll get the same candidates over and over again. If you have the courage to explore non-traditional places, that’s where you’ll find that diamond in the rough. And sometimes you think you’ve found the right candidate and it turns out not to be a culture-add. Great on paper on goes so far, so it’s important to not put all your trust in simply a stellar resume.
What’s the most underrated trend in technology, in your opinion?
Hiring is one of the biggest challenges at most companies and the most underrated trend right now is around how much technology can help.
From job boards and social recruiting to employer branding and recruitment marketing, talent-acquisition professionals have utilized multiple forms of technology in order to stay competitive in the war for talent. Today, a new set of technologies, powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, are setting the bar, yet again. In a new emerging category of “recruiting automation,” these fresh solutions are automating the more tedious aspects of the recruiting process and helping companies utilize an incredible amount of data to optimize hiring.
What Entelo accomplishment in the last 12 months are you most proud of?
Creating a recruiting solution does not make me exempt from the hiring challenges the plague nearly every company. The truth is, recruiting is hard, and getting the right team in place is something I think about constantly. Over the past year, we’ve added so many individuals to the team and boosted our executive leadership with key hires like Gaurav Kataria, who is launching a new Entelo product this week, thanks in part to partnerships garnered by our Head of Business Development, Yasmin Zarabi. We’ve also brought on Entelo Envoy GM and Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Trigg, who is spearheading the Recruiting Automation Summit this June. At the end of the day, there are so many Entelo accomplishments I’m proud of, but the most important one is hiring the incredible people who make up this company.
What’s the most adventurous non business-related thing you’ve done?
I’ve traveled to Africa three times, first to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2003. Next, on my honeymoon I decided to go back and do volunteer work in 2010, and the last time was with President Clinton as part of a delegation to witness humanitarian aid projects in 2013.