The Gathering: There Will Be Beer


The boys invaded Banff in Canada last week and not only evaded arrest, but were able to record a damned good weekly show full of news, surprise guests and lots of Canadian strange brew. Enjoy and give our sponsors some love, eh? Sovren, Canvas and JobAdX make us all warm and fuzzy ... even in the Canadian Rockies.

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Joel: What's up, boys and girls? We're going to do the weekly Chad and Cheese Podcast slightly differently this week. Chad and I are coming to you on day three. Let's call it the hungover edition of the Gathering in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Chad: Dude, we're sitting here in the beautiful Rundle Room in Fairmont. If you've ever been to this place-

Joel: Think of the Shining.

Chad: ... you know exactly what I'm talking about. It is incredibly beautiful. We've got snow-capped mountains-

Joel: Here's Johnny.

Chad: Dude, you can't beat that shit. This is amazing and [crosstalk 00:01:41].

Joel: It's great. So we're day three. We're a little bit slaphappy. We're on two or three beers at this point. So yeah, we figured-

Chad: What the fuck?

Joel: ... our audience, our listeners will not care if we don't do the show in a typical fashion.

Joel: So let's get to shoutouts. Shoutout to the show the Gathering, cultgathering.com. It's primarily a marketing, branding, cult brand show. They had us on sort of a leap of faith for them to have two HR recruiting guys come on the show. We did a panel with Paul Darcy, CMO at Indeed.

Chad: Yeah, Justin.

Joel: Founder of Working Not Working-

Chad: Yeah, Justin Gignac.

Joel: ... a platform for creative folks to find work. Think of it as Upwork for creatives. And Ryan Gill, who is the guy behind the Gathering, has a startup called Communo, was on the panel. Full house. Really engaged audience. It was so exciting to be the recruiting guys at a marketing show.

Chad: Yeah, I have to say we are the only ones. So Marvel Studios and Airbnb and all these big keynotes, they had their own videos that were produced for them.

Joel: They had their own hype videos.

Chad: Their own hype videos.

Joel: So Chad and I need a hype video.

Chad: We need a hype video, but we were the only ones with walk-in music.

Joel: Also the only ones that gave beer out to people because when you're in Canada, you better show up with beer.

Chad: Beer, and you always bribe the audience. There's no reason-

Joel: It's more like our show is much better if people are drinking and drunk. Particularly if you're drunk, it's really good.

Chad: I mean, it's better if we're a little drunk as well.

Joel: More shoutouts to Canada. I married one, a Canadian, and I love coming back. She's probably skiing the slopes as we speak. She's enjoying herself. So shoutout to Canada, the city of Banff.

Chad: I have to say that Julie ... So my wife, she came along, go figure, because Banff is fucking beautiful, but it's cold as hell and she hates cold. She actually said to me-

Joel: It doesn't help when she wears heels with no socks.

Chad: And I agree.

Joel: Get that girl some heels with socks.

Chad: You don't wear heels with socks. But I agree. This is the best conference I've been to in years. It is ridiculous.

Joel: Chad morphed into a 13 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

Chad: I was a total fanboy.

Joel: Assuming Justin Bieber is still cool.

Chad: Yes, it's fucking ridiculous. But anyway, we'll talk about this a little bit later in the pod, get a little deeper into it. Let's go into some news.

Joel: All right. Short shoutouts. Let's go to news.

Chad: Yeah, fuck the shoutouts. I don't have time for that.

Joel: Primarily, it was a slow news week. Even though we were traveling, it was a slow news week. Notably this week, some friends of ours, HiringSolved and ZipRecruiter, were recognized by Fast Company magazine.

Chad: HiringSolved, number two.

Joel: Assuming they still have a magazine, but they are still a great brand.

Chad: Yeah, yeah. HiringSolved, number two in the AI category. We're talking about overall AI, right?

Joel: Only Nvidia, a big ass public company-

Chad: Holy fuck.

Joel: ... ranked ahead of them. So that's a huge win for HiringSolved.

Chad: Yeah. We'll get to Zip here in a second, but I want to break this down.

Joel: Break it down.

Chad: We're talking about a crew ... How big is HiringSolved? It's not a huge organization, but they are-

Joel: I don't know. If it's over 30 people, I'd be surprised.

Chad: It is incredibly focused on one mission, and that is to be able to help recruiters and then also dig that AI into applicant tracking system databases to be able to help recruiters find great fucking talent. It's focused.

Joel: Minimally funded, particularly with their peers and Entelo and other sourcing tools. But yeah, for them to be recognized ... And we know Shon, the CEO. We love Jeremy and the whole team over there.

Chad: Oh yeah. Jackie.

Joel: We've done their show. Full disclosure. But this was a big win for them, and I think that if investors aren't going to start looking at them really hard, I'd be really surprised. I think for those at Entelo, Mya, the other AI, this really ups the game to say, "Get on par with HiringSolved at this point because they've been recognized as a major player in the market."

Chad: Yeah. Well, to me, it goes further than that because we keep hearing HR people saying, "What is AI?" Well, Fast Company just said, "Guess what? Nvidia, Hiring-fucking-Solved." I mean, it's fucking simple. So when we're talking about, "There is no AI in recruiting," guess what? There is AI in recruiting. I mean, we'll talk about Zip, but to be number two, it's ridiculous.

Joel: Another thing that stood out for me is Fast Company highlighted HiringSolved's sort of voice command system-

Chad: Yeah, Ray.

Joel: ... as well as their mobile features that they have. I think we've both been talking a little bit about voice and voice assistants and where that's going, and this sort of highlighted that voice is getting recognized as a feasible feature in technology. I think HiringSolved has done a good job, obviously, of adding that to their portfolio.

Chad: Yeah. I mean, you have to get into the NLP area, and they're really focusing on ... Again, it's focus. That's one fucking word. They don't have any distractions. They are focused, and I have to give them huge fucking props because it is very hard in this industry in this time with all the noise that's going on to say, "Oh God, our investors want this. Wait a minute, a recruiter said this. Wait, a podcaster said this." They said, "Fuck all of that."

Joel: Chad and Cheese said this.

Chad: Well, no, I didn't say that because we know what the fuck we're talking about. But they really focused, and I've got to give them props for that.

Joel: I think it wasn't really highlighted in the Fast Company article because it's so new is their, I guess, version two of Prophet.

Chad: Yep.

Joel: Prophet, highly used by probably every recruiter out there. Let's be honest. Every sourcer is using Prophet Chrome extension. It's free now as far as I know.

Chad: Prophet 2.

Joel: Prophet 2.

Chad: Yeah.

Joel: Electric boogaloo. I think there's a hundred testers right now. I'm not sure that it's been released to the masses yet. But HiringSolved is doing great things out in little bitty Phoenix, not Silicon Valley. They're doing it in the desert, so kudos to them. We'll be looking at what you're doing in the future for sure.

Chad: Yes. This Grizzly IPA is for you.

Joel: Unavailable in pretty much everywhere that you're listening.

Chad: That's exactly right, unless you're in sunny Banff.

Joel: Sunny two below Banff.

Chad: So Zip. So Zip.

Joel: So Zip. No surprise. In the enterprise category.

Chad: Yes.

Joel: ZipRecruiter, number nine in terms of most innovative. Slack was also mentioned, but Slack is sort of dancing in the workforce thing. ZipRecruiter's clearly employment focused. Fast Company liked their mobile operations, what they're doing mobilely. We've talked about them ramping up in Israel for their AI staff. They're not fucking around. So Zip, kudos to you. You definitely deserve to be on Fast Company's top 10 innovators in the enterprise category.

Chad: Yes, and this says a lot for recruitment tech because we've always said that recruitment tech is behind the curve. I mean, we have, and there are two in the top 10. That's awesome. I mean, that's awesome. Not to mention, I mean, just kudos from a startup standpoint and a money standpoint and an investing standpoint on the focus.

Joel: When you think about AI, I mean, robotics, self-driving cars, all these things that are going on in AI, and it's a little bitty recruiting solution that gets recognized as the number two AI innovator by Fast Company.

Chad: Yeah, number two. Number nine, I wouldn't say is little bitty because I can't fucking listen to a podcast without hearing ZipRecruiter other than our podcast.

Joel: Actually, Fast Company poked fun at the ubiquity of airwaves that ZipRecruiter has. If you've listened to a podcast, any podcast except ours because they don't sponsor us-

Chad: Sons of bitches.

Joel: Yeah, what's up with that? Yeah, if you've listened to a podcast other than ours, you've heard a ZipRecruiter ad.

Chad: I need to take a step back and take a drink.

Joel: I'm a little low. Let's take a beer break.

Chad: Let's take a beer break.

Joel: Let's hear from Canvas, someone who should've been on the most innovative list from Fast Company-

Chad: Good call.

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Chad: And we're back.

Joel: We're back.

Chad: We're back. Wait, I'm going on Facebook Live.

Joel: Full beers.

Chad: Beers and-

Joel: Does this microphone make me look fat? No, your belly makes you look fat.

Chad: So we're going to talk about freaking Beamery. Workday. What's going on here?

Joel: I love this. On the heels on iCIMS acquires TextRecruit, Jobvite backs up the Brinks truck with $200 million and buys a trifecta of companies.

Chad: That was fucking ridiculous.

Joel: Now we have word that Workday is a, I don't know, special partner relationship and have given some money. The whisper number on the investment was five million, I guess we're saying at this point.

Chad: Yeah.

Joel: So you see this evolution of the ATS, the talent management solution, becoming more of a marketing platform. I think Workday getting in bed with Beamery is just another step towards all these ATSes, all these companies, need to be more than just 'manage people and let them apply' and compliance. We need our users to be able to actually market to these folks. So they're getting in bed and acquiring and investing in companies like Beamery, Canvas, etc.

Chad: This is ridiculous, folks. So much fucking money in this industry, and the next thing ... I mean, we were talking about Canvas last week, weren't we? Canvas, RolePoint, Telemetry getting all rolled up. So, I mean, this is ridiculous, but we're at a branding/marketing event, and I guarantee you none of these motherfuckers know any of those names.

Joel: You're probably right. Yeah, they know the Marketos. They know the HubSpots. But more and more as recruiting bleeds into marketing, this is going to happen. I think the Candidate.IDs of the world, those marketing kind of people platforms, if they're not on your radar as an ATS to bring into the fold as a more marketing-centric platform, you're going to be left behind because apparently none of these companies can build it themselves. Workday is a big-ass company and had to get in bed with Beamery to have the solutions that they have.

Chad: Yes. Over at Candidate.ID-

Joel: Scotch is on you, buddy.

Chad: Scotch is on you. Yeah, and so are kilts. We're going to see you. Death Match. Be ready.

Joel: You will not take our freedom. I can't wait to see him in Lisbon. I can't wait for Lisbon, man.

Chad: I cannot wait.

Joel: We got a recruiting robot.

Chad: Adam Gordon.

Joel: We got a mad Scot.

Chad: Adam Gordon, yeah.

Joel: Who else do we got for ... We got someone else, don't we?

Chad: At Death Match?

Joel: At Lisbon in Death Match. Yeah.

Chad: Oh yeah. We've got Tengai, the TNG.

Joel: Yeah, I mentioned them. We've got somebody else, don't we?

Chad: Oh, we've got Opening.io.

Joel: Oh yeah. That's them.

Chad: Andrea.

Joel: Dude, it's going down in Lisbon. It's on in Lisbon.

Chad: It's not until May, right? Is it May? It's May.

Joel: Yeah. If you're in Europe and you're a startup and you want to bring your shit to the Death Match, you think you've got the juice, bring it.

Chad: There you go.

Joel: There's got to be a good German company that wants to bring it, or maybe a Russian.

Chad: Oh, Wolfgang.

Joel: Maybe a Russian company. Somebody. Iceland has to have some sick startup that wants to come on Death Match.

Chad: So anybody who doesn't know, I mean, we're going to be Portugal. We're going to be in Lisbon in May, dude, and it's going to fucking kick ass.

Joel: And we're going to be in Paris.

Chad: We've got Death Match in Portugal. We're in Paris in October for Unleash. That's going to be off the fucking chain.

Joel: That's going to be lit. We're going to be in London.

Chad: So let's talk about London real quick.

Joel: I love London.

Chad: We're going to be in London.

Joel: Great fish and chips.

Chad: We have some things that we're going to keep under the covers right now because we don't want to let that out yet. But yeah, we're going to be at RecFest drinking their beer and enjoying the London skyline, pretty much.

Joel: We're going to give Charney a wedgie on stage. I think that's going to be a highlight.

Chad: Charney walks around with a fucking wedgie.

Joel: That might be true. He's a little tight. He's making diamonds up there.

Chad: He's a t-back kind of guy. So last but not least-

Joel: He and I are going to find a good Oasis cover band while we're out there, I think.

Chad: Oh, you guys are both-

Joel: That's what I'm talking about.

Chad: Yeah, you're made for each other.

Chad: So, Pepsi. Did you hear about this Pepsi thing?

Joel: Yeah, that's your lane. Tell us about Pepsi.

Chad: Dude, so we keep talking about how automation is going to kill humans. They're not going to kill humans. Well, they could Terminator-wise, but-

Joel: I'll be back.

Chad: We see Pepsi spending billions of dollars to reorganize.

Joel: That's with a B.

Chad: With a fucking B, dude.

Joel: A fucking B.

Chad: So to reorganize, and guess what?

Joel: What?

Chad: Automation. Robots. Fucking no more people. Fucking guess what? People take sick days. People need benefits, that kind of shit. Pepsi, dude, they're all in, and they say they are aggressively going after automation.

Joel: Do they know robots don't drink Pepsi or eat Cheetos?

Chad: I don't think they know that.

Joel: Just saying.

Chad: I don't think they know that, and to be a cult brand, you've got to have people that actually drink your shit.

Joel: Yeah, that's important.

Chad: Isn't that important? Does it piss people off when you tell them to get the fuck out and that you're going to replace them by robots?

Joel: Hell no. If I got fired by Pepsi, I might not drink Pepsi anymore.

Chad: It's a possibility. You might go Coke.

Joel: I might Coke it up.

Chad: Or you might just ... a good water. I don't know. Some shit like that.

Joel: I can't stop eating these pretzels.

Chad: Well. Okay, so go ahead, Joel. You continue to eat. Good God.

Joel: So we'll take a quick pretzel break.

Chad: Pretzel break. I'm going to drink some more IPA.

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Chad: Where's our server at? Because we need another beer. Tess. Where's Tess at?

Joel: [inaudible 00:18:43] final and stuff.

Chad: So once again, we are in what Joel would call Brampf. It is Banff.

Joel: Were you livecasting there for a second?

Chad: Banff. Huh?

Joel: Were you livecasting the show?

Chad: Yeah, I was.

Joel: Was anybody watching?

Chad: I don't know, but they might later.

Joel: Thank God LinkedIn now has livestreaming. People might actually watch that are recruiters on LinkedIn.

Chad: Yeah, so we're going to end the show with some highlights of the Gathering. So we were actually found by Ryan Gill, who is the co-founder kind of like idea guy behind what the Gathering has become.

Joel: The heart and soul, I would say, of the event.