There’s no question the hyperlocal industry is bucking the national unemployment rate. Not only is there an explosion of companies, but the growing digital ad market, plus increased M&A heat and at least $117 million in funding in April alone seems to be driving a healthy pace of hiring. Especially among those with ambitions to become the next Facebook. Or, at least, Groupon.
Street Fight’s new hyperlocal job listings board, powered by StartUpHire, is Exhibit A. Several companies have multiple listings in operations, sales and tech, including Mashery, Factual, Loopt, OneSpot, Yipit, JiWire, Half-Off Depot, Inc., and EveryScape. The most aggressive prospective employers are Mashery with nine openings; Factual, eight openings; and Loopt, eight openings. Below is a more detailed look at the notable hirers.
- API developer Mashery, which has teamed up with companies such as Quora, Patch and, most recently, Travelocity, is searching for a new vice president of engineering as the company seeks to separate itself from other developers, such as Factual, CityGrid and Foursquare. If you’ve got at least seven years of engineering management experience and five additional years of software development leadership, they will want to talk to you.
- Factual, on the heels of the release of its new Geopulse API in May, is seeking to beef up its staff in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, with software engineer and strategic enterprise sales executive positions in each city. Want to get in on the ground floor? Factual is on the hunt for a software engineering intern for the summer. Software candidates are expected to bring fluency in Java or Ruby; strong algorithm and data structure knowledge; and mad Unix skills. The company seeks sales exec candidates with at least five years of experience in enterprise software sales and a track record of over-selling quota as requirements (indeed!).
- Loopt made waves in March with its $43 million sale to reloadable prepaid card company Green Dot, and now, amid much hype over mobile payments, the company is staffing up on the technical side, with seven engineering or developer openings. The company also seeks a product manager, someone with between five and seven years of product marketing experience in online consumer services to facilitate communication between its various internal teams and coordinate product schedules.
- Yipit — Here is a company to watch. As CityPockets closes and Groupon sort of struggles, some have questioned the solvency of daily deals, but aggregator Yipit might be averting the trend. The company, which draws from more than 300 deals services and then aggregates offers per user preferences, aims to be the Nielsen of the local e-commerce space, which it predicts might be a multi-trillion dollar industry in the next decade. Join them now, they have three open positions, most notably a data product analyst. This person would work with the domain, public relations, sales, customer and product development, and operations teams.