Greenhouse founders Daniel Chait and Jon Stross. Image credit: Greenhouse
The hiring and onboarding platform Greenhouse has been around since 2012. Co-founded by two college friends Daniel Chait and Jon Stross, its onboarding and applicant-tracking software is used by major tech companies like Airbnb, Uber and Pinterest.
It’s raised over $110 million in funding and is backed by Frontline Ventures, Riverwood Capital and Benchmark. Though the org has expanded to over 250 employees, some of its earliest hires still remain with the company.
“As a ‘start-up,’ I love seeing names of people who have been with us for many years!” Senior Manager of Media & Analyst Relations Kim Maynard said. “The fact we have hires who are still here is so cool, in my opinion.”
Take a look at Chait and Stross's hiring strategy when building out their own hiring platform.
Daniel Chait and Jon Stross
As the first two official employees of their new startup Before Greenhouse, Chait co-founded Lab49, a global firm providing technology consulting solutions for investment banks, while Stross had spent his whole career in product, most recently working as a General Manager of International for Baby Center — a Johnson & Johnson-owned company.
“We realized we both had this experience, not as recruiters, of saying ‘how do you build an awesome company? Or how do you become awesome at hiring?’” Stross said. “If we could bridge that gap, and help people become great at hiring, that would be really valuable.”
Mike Boufford wrote the first line of code at Greenhouse in May 2012. He’s been with the company for more than nine years and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer and runs all of R&D, Data Science, Security, Tech Support and IT. Earlier at Greenhouse, he also ran customer support for two years.
Currently a Software Engineer on the Product team, Mike O'Neil joined his fellow Mike as a technical lead in May 2012.
Formerly a lead software engineer on the product team, Tim Frey joined in 2013 as part of the next wave of technical hires. He now works as a Staff Software Engineer on the Product team.
After a solid product and engineering team was built out, Greenhouse brought on Jean Walters as one of its first customer success managers toward the end of 2013. She's worked her way up through the customer success team and today leads as Director of Customer Enablement.