FIRING SQUAD:'s CEO, Aida Fazylova

The RUSSIANS are coming!! We were totally unprepared for this chatbot startup. Mostly, because of the mere fact that they're so far off the radar. They sound more like a Marvel villain.

Boy, we did not see the Firing Squad that unfolded coming. How'd it go?

Gotta listen to this Talroo exclusive.


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Chad: Hey, Joel.

Joel: What up?

Chad: Would you say that companies find it hard to attract the right candidates to apply for their jobs?

Joel: Well, Jobs2Careers thought so.

Chad: Jobs2Careers? You mean Talroo.

Joel: Talroo?

Chad: Yeah, Talroo. T-A-L-R-O-O.

Joel: What is that, like a cross between talent and a kangaroo?

Chad: No. It's a cross between talent and recruiting.

Joel: But-

Chad: Talroo is focused on predicting, optimizing, and delivering talent directly to your email or ATS.

Joel: Ah, okay, so it's totally data driven talent attraction, which means the Talroo platform enables recruiters to reach the right talent at the right time and at the right price.

Chad: Okay, so that was weirdly intuitive, but yes. Guess what the best part is?

Joel: Let me take a shot here. You only pay for the candidates Talroo delivers.

Chad: Holy shit. Okay, so you've heard this before. So if you're out there listening in podcast land and you are attracting the wrong candidates, and we know you are.

Joel: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Chad: Or you feel like you're in a recruiting hamster wheel and there's just no where to go, you can go to Again, that's and learn how Talroo can get you better candidates for less cash.

Joel: Or just go to and click on the Talroo logo. I'm all about the


Chad: You are a simple man.

Thad: Yes, my precious, yes. My most precious candidates sweet, precious, yes.

Announcer: Like Shark Tank? Then you'll love Firing Squad. Chad Sowash and Joel Cheesman are here to put the recruiting industry's bravest, ballsiest, and baddest startups through the gauntlet to see if they've got what it takes to make it out alive. Dig a foxhole and duck for cover, kids. The Chad and Cheese podcast is taking it to a whole other level.

Joel: Yeah.

Chad: There it is.

Joel: It's been too long since we've had a Firing Squad.

Chad: Damn.

Joel: Hey everybody, this is Cheese and that guy, whatever, is Chad. Our special guest today, special startup today is XOR.AI.

Chad: XOR.

Joel: We'll get to the name in a second, but representing XOR is their CEO and

founder, Aida Fazylova. Aida, how are you?

Aida: I'm good, thank you.

Joel: Good. Love that you're here. Give our audience a quick elevator pitch on you and then we'll get to the rules and then get to your company.

Aida: Yeah, sure. My name is Aida, I'm founder of XOR. Prior to founding XOR, I've been working in IT recruitment for six years, and the company was born out of by personal pain.

Joel: That's good.

Aida: What frustrated me was working as a recruiter was that 60% of my working hours I was spending doing routine and repeated tasks like prescreening the resumes, scheduling the interviews, so this is why I found a co-founder two years ago and we founded this company.

Chad: Cool.

Joel: Aida is Russian if you couldn't tell from the accent but lives in Austin, Texas, which I think is very cool.

Chad: Yeah. Our first Russian.

Joel: Our first Russian, yes. We're very international on the Firing Squad. Chad, read her the rules and we'll get to XOR.

Chad: Okay, Aida. You will have two minutes to pitch At the end of two minutes, you will hear the bell, then Joel and I will hit you up with rapid fire Q&A. If your answers aren't concise enough, Joel is either gonna hit you with the bell or crickets, which means you need to tighten up your game, quit being so long in the-

Joel: Move it on.

Chad: Yeah, keep it moving on. At the end of Q&A, you're gonna receive one of three, big applause.

Joel: Oh, you'd go with that one first. It's the last one on the sound board.

Chad: Which means you've exceeded expectations and you're kicking ass, taking names, or we believe you're going to. A golf clap, you're on your way but you do have a lot of work to do, or last but not least, the firing squad.

Joel: No.

Chad: Which means it's probably time to pack your shit up and go home. So that's the Firing Squad. It's time to carve up your jack-o-lantern and show it to the judges. Okay, Joel, are you ready to-

Joel: Halloween reference, I like that.

Chad: You like that? Are you ready to start that pitch timer?

Joel: I think Aida's still here. Okay Aida, you've got two minutes starting.

Aida: Yeah. So at XOR, we help employees to accelerate and streamline their recruiting efforts using chatbots and AI, so we automate the initial candidate engagement, prescreening, scheduling, answering frequently asked questions, and work with cold candidate database from your ATS. The implementation of our customers experience three main things,