Koru Wins Startup of the Year at the Geekwire Awards!

The Geekwire Awards last night truly celebrated the hustle and heart of Seattle’s thriving tech community. We were proud to be there and cheer on the amazing work people in our city are doing every day.

Koru was nominated for Startup of the Year (along with four other awesome companies – Remitly, Shippable, Qumulo, and OfferUp). There was a two-week voting period, and we put the call out to our community of grads, colleges, companies, investors, and friends to spread the word and vote Koru.

And spoiler alert: We did it!

This award is a testament to our amazing community. We’ve got the greatest team in the world, the support of incredible college and company partners, and a community of gritty grads that inspires us continuously. We feel so lucky to come to work every day and tackle this problem head-on.

Our CEO, Kristen Hamilton, put it best last night:

Every year, people graduate from college and they do everything they can to get awesome GPAs … and actually, everything they’re working for is not what need. We at Koru believe in grit over grades. We’re working our asses off to transform the landscape to make sure that young people have opportunity based on what they show they can do, not just on a number that’s put on them.

Watch her full speech below:

Thank you to all who voted, thank you to Geekwire for putting on this great event every year, and thank you to the awesome Seattle tech community for welcoming and supporting us!

We are Koru. 

Kristen Hamilton is the Co-Founder and CEO of Koru, the leader in predictive hiring. As a technology entrepreneur and executive with a passion for impact, Kristen has a successful track record driving value for customers and investors. She co-founded e-commerce pioneer Onvia and took it public in 2000. Kristen built the organization to 500 people, raised over $300 million of investment capital, and led the M&A team to acquire and integrate four private companies in two years. Kristen then shifted focus to education and talent acquisition, as head of educator strategy at Microsoft, and COO of World Learning, where she ran operations in 66 countries.

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