Chatter: Craigslist’s New Fees, Authoria’s $22.5 Payday, Hanscome Joins HRchitect

Craigslist to Charge in Four More Markets…

Effective November 1, uber-popular website is adding a $25 fee for each job posting in Chicago; Orange County, California; Sacramento, California; and Portland, Oregon.

Whether recruiters choose to dip into their recruiting budgets and pay for this formerly free service in these four markets remains to be seen.

However, the company notes that when it added a $25 fee for NYC and L.A. job postings in August 2004, job ads dropped significantly and “questionable ads” vanished. By 2007, job postings had more than tripled in each city.

In October 2006, Craigslist started a similar $25 fee for Boston, Seattle, Washington, DC, and San Diego. After an initial drop-off, Craigslist reports the volume of legitimate job ads in these four cities has more than doubled.

$22.5 Million On Demand…

Authoria has secured a new round of financing totaling $22.5 million. New investors Horizon Technology Finance and Velocity Financial Group joined existing investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Austin Ventures, Van Wagoner Capital Management, CIBC Capital Partners, and others. Authoria plans to use the funding for product development in the talent-management market.

The company says it has increased total bookings by 40% versus the first half of 2006; increased total units sold by 70% versus the first half of 2006; and increased new-customer additions by 23%, including 3Com, Alcon Holdings, Becton, Dickinson and Co., Big Y Foods, GlaxoSmithKline, HCA, Hawker Beechcraft Corp., and L-3 Communications.

Hanscome Joins HRchitect…

Industry veteran Ron Hanscome is joining the HRchitect team as vice president of HCM Technology Strategy Consulting. Hanscome will work with consultants and companies in reviewing their HR systems and processes and in developing HCM technology strategies.

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For organizations that have one part of HR that doesn’t know what other HR functions or business groups are doing, Hanscome says he can provide some relief.

“Without our help, the typical evaluation and selection of HCM systems is myopically focused on individual or department needs rather than enterprise-wide needs, goals, and objectives. HRchitect is positioned to make a true difference for our clients,” he says.

Hanscome has over 23 years of experience in the human capital management software and consulting services industries, having served as a practitioner, consultant, software executive, and industry analyst. He has provided consulting services for Barclays Global Investors and Mayo Clinic, among others.

New COO at Gevity…

Gevity HR has named Michael J. Lavington as chief operating officer. In this newly created position, he will support the expansion of Gevity’s sales force and ensure client satisfaction.

Lavington, a U.K. citizen, has been working for Gevity since September 2006. The company notes, however, that his appointment to COO is subject to the approval of work authorization.

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.


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