Executive Shake-Up Going Down at Crowded.com

Changes are coming to the executive suite at New York-based startup, Crowded.

Co-founded by Howie Schwartz and Joe Rubin in 2015, the software company’s mission is to help revive old resumes within a company’s ATS. Details are sparse at the moment, but here’s what I’ve learned:

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  • A number of executives at the top of the organization have either resigned or have been fired. No confirmation yet on Schwartz’ status, although his LinkedIn profile has yet to reflect a change.
  • Investors still believe in the company and the product.
  • Now-former head of sales, Mike Wiston, left the company last month after serving a year and six months.
  • Co-founder Joe Rubin still has Crowded as a present job on his LinkedIn profile.
  • Industry veteran Steve Levy is staying with the company and has reiterated his confidence in the company and the product.

Stay tuned for more updates, as this story is developing.

Joel Cheesman has over 20 years experience in the online recruitment space. He worked for both international and local job boards in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. In 2005, Cheesman founded HRSEO, a search engine marketing company for HR, as well as launching an award-winning industry blog called Cheezhead. He has been featured in Fast Company and US News and World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to Jobing.com. He was employed by EmployeeScreenIQ, a background check company. He is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews. He is married and the father of three children. He lives in Indianapolis.


3 Comments on “Executive Shake-Up Going Down at Crowded.com

  1. Joel, thanks for the chat this morning; after all these years knowing each other, I can still trust you with doing the right thing for the industry. Yes all – I’m not going anywhere and am continuing to work with our dev team to continue to improve our ATS/CRM mining for future employees. With the investors completely committed to supporting Crowded’s platform as well as expanding our product suite that solve the problems that recruiting organizations know they have, know the potential impact of solving these problems, but are scratching their heads on how to solve them, we’re going to be the secret sauce that feeds purple squirrel hunting for many moons to come.

    If you have questions, I can be reached at steve@crowded.com. Oh, and my understanding there’s going to be a Chad & Cheese Podcast coming up soon – happy to come on board if you want.

  2. I wanted to post an animated .gif of The Mask shaking it as Cuban Pete with his maracas, but alas, no animated .gifs here (step up your game Disqus!). That said, the Crowded product / offering is the best it’s ever been, the team is solid, and I’m sure they are going to absolutely crush it in 2019. Excited to see where they can take it.

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