• Swipe right for the best candidate? Recruitment enters the Tinder age

    Jul 14th, 2017

    Recruitment systems are evolving so candidates can use artificial intelligence to match themselves to roles in a similar way they might seek out a partner online. This has benefits for employers too, explains Cath Everett.

    Jeremy talks about how our aim is to place people in the right places based on their merit so it’s all about removing unconscious bias. We all know that having a diverse team is very valuable to business so it’s about making recruitment fairer.

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  • Four lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Silicon Valley

    Jul 14th, 2017

    Nicholas Shekerdemian created Headstart, a company that uses machine learning to help employers to find job candidates. BP and L’Oréal are among its clients.

    "Your elevator pitch must be so simple that someone could explain your product and vision to family and friends over dinner.”

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  • Headstart wants to better analyze candidates to fit them with the best jobs

    Jun 25th, 2017

    Nicholas Shekerdemian has a pretty typical startup story: he dropped out of college, met up with a technical co-founder and then ended up starting a company. But Shekerdemian, who at the time was helping match English teachers with Chinese citizens, wanted to start a company that would solve his own problem: actually getting a job at a cookie cutter company where everyone else applies.

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  • Thiel Foundation Announces 2017 Thiel Fellows

    Jun 16th, 2017

    The Thiel Foundation today named 25 people into the 2017 class of Thiel Fellows. The two-year fellowship provides young entrepreneurs with $100,000 and mentorship from the Thiel Foundation’s network of technology entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists. Launched in 2011, the program encourages fellows to pursue full-time entrepreneurship instead of going to college.

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  • Can an algorithm replace a recruiter?

    Jun 8th, 2017

    “If you were to sum up what machine learning is amazing at, it’s the ability to spot patterns in vast amounts of data and be able to make predictions based on those patterns,” says Jeremy Hindle, Co-founder and CTO at Headstart App. “There aren’t many bigger sets of data to analyse than ‘what or who a person is’ so it’s an ideal fit for machine learning.”

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  • How Big Data became the precursor to the Internet of Things

    May 30th, 2017

    Jeremy Hindle is CTO and Co-founder of Headstart the AI-based recruitment app, and details a few important technological breakthroughs which have allowed us to use Big Data to some of its potential...

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  • Up and coming: Jeremy Hindle, co-founder and CTO of Headstart App

    May 17th, 2017

    We chat to Jeremy Hindle, co-founder and CTO at Headstart App. He is a 28-year-old self-taught (polyglot) programmer who studied neuroscience at university before deciding that a medical career wasn’t for him.

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  • 22 year old’s ‘Headstart’ app recruits 20,000 students in first 6 months

    Apr 4th, 2017

    22-year-old undergraduate student Nicholas Shekerdemian has celebrated massive success and has been named as one of 2017’s 'most exciting young entrepreneurs to watch' in several reports, after his ground-breaking Headstart app was a finalist and award winner in the ‘Disrupt HR’ competition at HR Tech World in Paris.  Signing up over 20,000 students in just 6 months,  the app which he co-founded and launched with experienced tech entrepreneur Jeremy Hindle has been named as one of the 50 most disruptive companies in 2017.

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  • Meet the Co-founder of Headstart App

    Mar 31st, 2017

    Hi Nicholas, what do we need to know about the man behind Headstart App?
    I’m 22, hugely ambitious, and am passionate about inspiring young people to make the right choices early on; particularly with regard to their own career.

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  • HR Tech World: Why HR should embrace disruptive technology

    Mar 29th, 2017

    When we talk about “disruptive HR”, what do we mean? As technology to support HR professionals becomes ever more sophisticated, it’s come to mean anything from new models of working to artificial intelligence and robotic automation.

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  • Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch: Nicholas Shekerdemian

    Mar 28th, 2017

    Are entrepreneurs born or made? That’s the question we would pitch to 22 year-old Nicholas Shekerdemian whose analytical prowess at the ripe age of 13 saw him receive a scholarship to King’s College School in Wimbledon to study the International Baccalaureate.

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  • The 50 most disruptive UK companies in 2017

    Mar 27th, 2017

    Headstart App is chosen as one of the top companies that are making a difference in the UK as Real Business reveals the 50 most disruptive UK companies in 2017: It's the Future 50!

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  • Unconscious bias hinders diversity recruitment

    Feb 28th, 2017

    Even computer programs designed to eliminate human subjectivity sometimes fail. Bias in the hiring process is prevalent and hard to eradicate. Scientists have found evidence that data-driven recruitment algorithms have the potential to learn our prejudices. Unless carefully monitored, their filters detect patterns of underrepresentation and reproduce them, perpetuating biases against already disadvantaged groups such as older and disabled workers, women and ethnic minorities.

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  • Is applicant matching the future of graduate recruitment?

    Feb 14th, 2017

    Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have been around for many years. And, for many years, they have served a great purpose at large corporations, helping track candidates internally after the point of application, says Nicholas Shekerdemiam, CEO and Co Founder of Headstart App. However, there is a growing school of thought that believes that technological advancements and adoption over the last decade has created a new, more intelligent and candidate friendly form of the ATS: the AMS or Applicant Matching System.

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  • Ten of the most exciting young entrepreneurs to watch

    Jan 12th, 2017

    Recent research into the entrepreneurial zeal of Britain’s younger generation found that half of all 25 to 34 year-olds secretly harbour thoughts of becoming exciting young entrepreneurs by turning their passion into a thriving new business.

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  • Rise of the machines: Are robots after your job?

    Jan 12th, 2017

    Should marketers fear for their jobs or embrace the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, so they can adapt now and stay relevant in the future?

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  • The recruitment app levelling the playing field for SMEs: Headstart

    Jan 3rd, 2017

    Shekerdemian co-founded Headstart App with tech entrepreneur Jeremy Hindle last year, after having identified several problems smaller businesses face when it comes to recruiting recent graduates.

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  • Ensuring Future Talent Succeeds at Vodafone

    Dec 14th, 2016

    How is Vodafone leading the way in technology and innovation and using this to attract future talent? Vodafone’s global head of resourcing and employer brand, Catalina Schveninger, explains how Headstart is helping ensure that happens. 

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  • 5 Reasons Every Startup Needs a Co-founder

    Nov 22nd, 2016

    It may be a cliché but two heads really are better than one for those looking to start their own business. This is according to Nick Shekerdemian, CEO & Co-Founder at Headstart – a platform designed to match students with jobs in a more fair and efficient way.

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  • How to build a diverse workforce

    Nov 8th, 2016

    Accepting diversity in the workplace so men and women from all backgrounds belong together, not only promotes social cohesion – it’s good for business. [Featured in Raconteur's Diversity and Inclusion section in the Times].

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  • My top 10 disruptHR’ers at HR Tech World Congress

    Oct 24th, 2016

    Faye Holland, HRN Blog's disruptHR lead blogger, gives her top 10 disruptHR’ers for HR Tech World in the run up to HR Tech World Congress.

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  • Using Headstart’s machine learning to predict graduate candidate suitability

    Oct 23rd, 2016

    Faye Holland, disruptHR lead blogger interviews Nicholas Shekerdemian, Co-Founder and CEO at Headstart App to find out how they are turning the traditional application processes for students on its head.

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  • A Match For You

    Oct 3rd, 2016

    INNOVATION - Nicholas Shekerdemian, Co-founder, Headstart App on how an AMS can help diversify the workforce. 

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  • Man against the machine: the struggle against unconscious bias

    Sep 29th, 2016

    Recruitment processes must advance to exploit new technologies. A move away from the ‘old boys network’ to a fairer and more inclusive, technology-driven strategy is key and effective machine learning can enable that change - for the better.

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  • Giving Yourself a Headstart - Graduate Recruitment Is About to Change Forever

    Sep 15th, 2016

    Success in the 21st century will require creativity and that can only come through diversity - not just diversity in ethnicities, sexualities and genders (although these are key drivers) but diversity in backgrounds, experiences and ideas. In order to meet these demands...

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  • Banks shake up hiring process

    Sep 7th, 2016

    Derek Walker — who worked in graduate recruitment for leading investment banks from 1998 to 2008 and is now an adviser to Headstart, a UK start-up that profiles graduates and recommends them to employers — discusses how the UK industry needs a further shake-up.

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  • Graduate jobs - a one-stop shop

    Aug 8th, 2016

    A free app to help students find the most suited job for them without filling out endless application forms is to be launched in September by Wadham undergraduate, Nicholas Shekerdemian (Chinese, 2013).

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  • Undergraduate aged just 21 launches new entry-level recruitment app

    Jul 19th, 2016

    A 21-year-old undergraduate student still in the middle of his degree course at Oxford University, Nicholas Shekerdemian has created what is being touted as the future of entry-level recruitment; a simple, automated, one-stop solution that will integrate with existing corporate recruitment systems and ensure accurate, non-discriminatory job matching.

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  • Headstart App matches up to blue-chip firms

    Jul 17th, 2016

    Graduate job matching solution Headstart App is currently being trialled by blue-chip organisations.

    The app, created by Nicholas Shekerdemian, an undergraduate at Oxford University, integrates with existing corporate recruitment systems and aims to ensure accurate, non-discriminatory job matching.

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  • HeadStart: The Easier Way To Find Graduate Employment

    Jul 1st, 2016

    Nicholas Shekerdemian explains how his app makes getting a post-graduation job easy.

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