SOURCE: Readyforce


August 23, 2012 14:27 ET

Start-Up Community and Universities Across the Country Embrace Readyforce Hacker Tour 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2012) -  Readyforce is announcing tremendous support and momentum for Hacker Tour 2012, making news earlier this month. The college recruitment tour for tech companies is rapidly expanding with new sponsors from throughout the country's tech community.

Readyforce is also announcing two pro-bono slots for non-profit technology companies and three seats for very early stage seed capital companies to make it possible for them to participate. Hacker Tour offers fast-growing tech companies a chance to connect with college students through a 25-campus college tour, which launches September 10th at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

"We're really excited about the sponsorship interest we've had from great companies," said Anna Binder, vice president, Client Services, Readyforce. "We're talking to companies of all sizes, stages and industries. The Readyforce Hacker Tour 2012 will offer variety and opportunity to the students we'll be meeting across the country."

Hacker Tour 2012 sponsors include early stage companies like Red Owl Analytics, Codeacademy and Quixey and later stage organizations like Etsy and Sonos. Sponsoring companies are located across the U.S. Obvious geographies, like the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, are well represented, along with diverse companies in Baltimore, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, all offering a wide range of products and services.

The reaction from schools across the country has been enthusiastic and welcoming. "I believe the Readyforce Hacker Tour will provide students with options that they don't typically have information about or access to," said Judy Fisher, director, Office of Career Services, Harvey Mudd College. "We're delighted to have Harvey Mudd on the Hacker Tour itinerary."

"CoStart is a new movement at The Ohio State University that aims to equip students with the necessary resources to go from spark to startup. An opportunity to work at an early-stage company that has successfully closed funding rounds and is already in the user/customer acquisition phase is a hugely beneficial experience for young, potential techpreneurs," said Corbett Morgan, startup analyst at the Technology Commercialization & Knowledge Transfer Office, The Ohio State University. "Readyforce is the progressive, soon to be widely adopted, method for students to interface with startups; the Readyforce Hacker Tour makes this opportunity tangible. Telling a talented student, 'Startups want you and your skills. They are coming to you and they want to meet YOU,' is a powerful message and undoubtedly bridges the disconnect inherent in the outdated apply-online recruitment method."

Readyforce invites companies interested in joining Hacker Tour 2012 to learn more and register today:

More Praise for Hacker Tour 2012

"At Elance, we create opportunities for students to work for themselves while they build an online portfolio that gives them an edge in the competitive job market," said Rich Pearson, Chief Marketing Officer, Elance. "We are excited to be a part of the inaugural Hacker Tour because it is a unique way to tell students about a unique job opportunity."

"Etsy's engineering environment gives product hackers an awesome platform for making changes quickly and learning from them in a supportive, fast-moving, humane environment," said Marc Hedlund, SVP of Product Development at Etsy. "We're excited to join the Hacker Tour and show students how our work at Etsy helps support creative, independent businesses around the world as we build a people-powered economy. Come help us make it better."

"Quirky is placing a strong emphasis toward on-campus recruitment this year and The Hacker Tour is an ideal way to gain widespread campus exposure." Nikki Kaufman, Head of People and Culture at Quirky adds that, "Quirky's team is passionate, talented and knows how to get the job done. We are excited to meet candidates through the Hacker Tour who want to help make invention accessible!"

"At SoundCloud, we are always looking to hear from talented and motivated individuals across all disciplines, so sponsoring Readyforce's Hacker Tour represents a natural fit for us," said Eric Wahlforss, CTO and co-founder, SoundCloud. "To be involved with such a fantastic initiative in its debut year excites us enormously, and we're grateful for the opportunity to speak to some of the developer superstars of tomorrow on how we hack harder."

"College Recruiting is a challenge for start-ups; without brand recognition, attracting the best and brightest university students can be quite difficult. ZestFinance is delighted to join the Hacker Tour 2012 to showcase not only the challenging problems our employees solve every day and the real difference we make in people's lives, but our dynamic and quirky culture as well," says Adam Redlich, Head of Talent Acquisition at ZestFinance. "Partnering with ReadyForce on the Hacker Tour will expose ZestFinance to thousands more students across a much more diverse set of universities than we would be able to accomplish on our own."

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Readyforce is building the easiest way for companies to hire college students for internships and jobs. Companies search and review profiles and connect directly with students from around the country. Readyforce investors include Menlo Ventures, US Venture Partners, Pivot North, Founder Collective and First Round Capital. 

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