When the Hurff-Webb IT staffing company in Jacksonville, Fla., began to take off in 2004, the owners/recruiters, James Hurff and David Webb, decided that they needed new tools to help them optimally manage their business.
But neither their software provider nor a thorough exploration of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) marketplace yielded a solution that gave them the desired speed, simplicity and functionality they sought.
So, out of frustration, Hurff and Webb, who both had considerable software development skills of their own, decided to build their own ATS tools with the granular-reporting and data-analytic features that would result in better-informed business decisions – for themselves and their clients.
And they kept building and building, and refining and refining.
In less than six months of using their own products to run the staffing business, their clients started asking about the software for themselves. Thus, licensing the ATS software, which they called BrightMove, became a business of the same name.
After bootstrapping the new “software as a service” company, funding it from their profitable staffing business, Hurff and Webb left recruiting altogether so they weren’t competing with potential customers – staffing firms, recruitment outsourcing providers, and corporate HR departments.
While Hurff has moved on to another business, Webb, BrightMove president and CEO, continues the promise of technical innovation through customer feedback that they made together at the beginning. Always giving a voice to customers, the company solicits their opinions, requests, and desires, which inform software development, release updates and program modifications.
Hence the company’s tagline, “For recruiters, by recruiters.”