The 2015 Tech Impact Awards: Emerging Tech



Location: Seattle | Employees: 8

The best candidate for a job may be the person who isn’t looking for one. Anthology, a cross between LinkedIn and eHarmony, lets passive job candidates — those contented but curious about opportunities — anonymously connect with potential employers.

Applicants make known their requirements for a possible new opportunity, and can “favorite” companies they have interest in without being identified to employers. If a match turns up, Anthology can set up communication with the company, which remains anonymous until the candidate is ready to commit to more.

Companies struggling to hire and retain employees with sought-after skills may feel conflicted about it, but CEO Tom Leung says employers learn a lot about their recruitment strengths and weaknesses. One company learned that women engineers weren’t feeling welcome — an example of honest feedback that Leung says was seldom available before. 

In its first eight months, Anthology, which recently changed its name from Poachable, helped more than 35,000 candidates explore matched opportunities, working with some 250 top employers, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Zulily. In the process, Leung says, “We’re learning a lot of insights about what people want and don’t want.” 


Location: Bellevue | Employees: 290

Nintex has become the kind of company it was designed to serve, spawning offices in Melbourne, Tokyo and Dubai, with workers and processes spread across the globe. Its innovations in workflow automation software foster better management of common company procedures like employee onboarding, help desks and procurement and expense approvals. Integrating with popular cloud-based collaborative services like DocuSign and Salesforce ensures enduring impact as it serves nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies and eight million end users in 90 countries. 

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