While completing their bachelors’ degrees, James Hurff (mechanical engineering at FSU) and David Webb (information systems at UNF) were hired to co-develop one of the world’s first electronic job boards still in existence today. Thus, began their fascination with recruitment software and the challenge of finding the right talent for a particular position.
By 2004, Jacksonville, Florida had become a center of excellence for HR and recruitment in the US, so they decided to move over to the recruiter side of the business and started their own IT staffing company. They soon discovered they needed new tools to help them optimally manage the business. 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.
Hurff and Webb decided to build their own ATS tools with the granular-reporting and data-analytics features that would result in better-informed business decisions – for themselves and their clients. In less than six months of using their own products to run the staffing business, their clients started asking if they could buy the software. They began licensing the ATS software and BrightMove began.
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. They stepped up their momentum on the software side with three-week development cycles by recruiting additional bright minded people who wanted to work and surf on the beautiful northeastern coast of Florida.
Today, with 1,000’s of users across four continents, the BrightMove team (still led by the co-founders) honors the founding promises - to stay ahead of - or lead the next innovation wave, thoughtfully consider customer feedback, offer a transparent, affordable pricing structure and world-class customer support.
BrightMove is still made here in Florida “for recruiters, by recruiters” and they wouldn’t have it any other way.