Douglas Johnson

Jobaline raises $3.5 million to expand hourly jobs platform and grow its team by 25% – GeekWire

Jobaline raises $3.5 million to expand hourly jobs platform and grow its team by 25% – GeekWire

Jobaline CEO Douglas Johnson. (Jobaline Photo)

Jobaline has secured $3.5 million in new funding to expand its bilingual marketplace for hourly jobs and grow its Kirkland, Wash. team.

Returning investors Madrona Venture Group, Trilogy Equity Partners, Founder’s Co-op, and Seattle super angel Rudy Gadre led the round. Several additional Northwest angel investors also participated, according to Jobaline CEO Doug Johnson.

Johnson oversaw the investment round in one of his first big wins since taking over as CEO in September.

“As hourly workers continue to grow as a percentage of America’s workforce, employers struggle to find the right employees,” he said. “Finding those employees is tough, they aren’t on LinkedIn, or circulating resumes. Jobaline works to find those employees and deliver quality prospects to employers. Jobaline’s platform fits into systems these large companies already have in place to process and track applicants so we are bridging a very important gap in the recruiting process.”

Jobaline is planning to use the cash infusion to “step on the gas,” Johnson says, expanding the startup’s customer base, platform, and growing the team by 25 percent in 2017.

The platform is designed to help employers find qualified hourly workers for roles like dishwashing, landscaping, and construction. Candidates can enter information over the phone or via text message and the data is presented to employers in a web interface.

Jobaline has raised $18.5 million to date and its service is available in cities across the country.

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