It was winter in Minnesota
And the gentle breezes blow,
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below
At the temperature that polar bears would choose to hibernate in their den, Trong Dong was leading the development of an internal iPad recruiting app for campus recruiters. Thanks to the freezing winter! His software was “bug-free” and fortunately won the Innovation Award.
Trong then gave the software project a little break while pursuing his graduate degree in Medical Devices Innovation at University of Minnesota, where he met Ngan Pham, his soon-to-be Co-Founder of Rakuna. During their time in the StartUp class, they reached out to both campus recruiters and students and confronted one of the biggest issues in present-day recruiting: the disconnect between offline and online experiences.
“Companies go to colleges to recruit, and they come back with a stack of resumes and handwritten notes, which then have to manually be entered into a computer. Many students don’t hear back for weeks – or ever. This experience is broken.”
It was then that they decided to turn the software project to a business. Their goal is to enable a fully engaging experience between candidates and recruiters, merge offline and online recruitment, and streamline candidate information into an easy-to-use platform.
Rakuna was founded.
And the rest is history
Founded in Minnesota
Received a National Science Foundation grant
Set up the board of advisors
Opened San Francisco office
Opened APAC office in Vietnam
Released Recruit Mobile - iOS App
First paid customer & many more to come
Released Recruit Dashboard
Launched Recruit Mobile App for Android
Unlocked the 10K-user milestone
Launched 2 products: Interview Management and Recruiting CRM
Released OCR 2.0 to improve resume processing performance
Served 300+ companies worldwide
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