May 24, 2012

PoachBase: Another stupid recruiting start-up

Filed under: Stuff I worry about, Stupid HR Tricks, Video, We all need a laugh

You can’t make this stuff up. Now your company can recruit losers, and hire recruiters who can do it more easily.

Featured at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference: A pitch by a start-up calling itself PoachBase. The “company’s” tag-line: Poach talent from dying companies. The idea is to monitor other start-ups for death rattles and then go steal their employees.

Here’s the pitch:

Now here’s the question: Why would anyone want to recruit employees that are still hanging around a loser company?

My advice (free, no software required): It’s more fun to recruit people from good companies while they’re hanging around the local watering hole after work. (Well, beer might be software.)

Recruiting-industry watcher Joel Cheesman’s explains the problem clearly:

“The playbook for start-ups in the recruiting space usually goes something like this: Group of young, educated people — usually coming of [sic] their own job search, which apparently qualifies as experience in the employment space — come up with an idea to ‘make things better.’”

This is kind of reminiscent of the job applicant whose resume emphasizes, “I want to work with people in a good company.” Maybe they’re all the same bunch.

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6 Comments on “PoachBase: Another stupid recruiting start-up”
By Joel
May 25, 2012 at 2:06 am

Thanks for making my day, Nick.

By Dave
May 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

They must be really hard up for business and willing to try anything.

I don’t think their tag line instills confidence though.

On the flip side, the ecomony still hasn’t fully recovered and many companies are still hurting.

By Lucille
May 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

When I went to see who I could poach, Poachbase didn’t even link to the dying companies.

tsk, tsk, tsk

Do the poachees know they are on the list?

By G
May 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

One thing PoachBase had going for it is very poor taste. They list a ‘dying company’ that is not, in fact, dying but did recently lose one of its founders to suicide. Really inappropriate.

I also note that they are so far from ready for prime time that their URL is http://radiant-leaf-5808.heroku.com which is a temporary URL assigned by the PaaS provider.

These people are not professionals, to put it mildly.

By Nick Corcodilos
May 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

@G: As I was watching the video, I noted the speaker dropped the f-bomb early — and it occurred to me this might be a goof… But as Joel Cheesman points out, this approach to starting a recruiting company is so real it’s classic.

By Chris
May 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I find it really funny that the website lists companies with 0 employees with a high “poachability.”

I guess they’re promising something from nothing….hmmm, I think that ringing phone is the 90s and they want their business model back.

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