SilkRoad grabs $16M to push forward cloud-based HR and talent apps

Above: A lot of money in cloud software these days

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SilkRoad, a provider of human resources and talent management software in the cloud, has raised $16 million in new funding, the company announced today.

Successful businesses such as Workday and Taleo (now owned by Oracle) have already shown that HR-focused software provided via the cloud can be extraordinarily valuable, so SilkRoad is in a ripe market. Research firm IDC forecasts the worldwide human capital management (HCM) market at $11 billion for 2016. In 2011, the HCM market was $7.5 billion.

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Chicago-based SilkRoad focuses on software that helps small- and medium-sized companies find, develop, and retain the best employees. The company now has 1,800 customers across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

“SilkRoad is at the forefront of a growing global opportunity to serve the evolving HR needs of the mid-market,” SilkRoad CEO and President John Shackleton said in a statement. “We’ve forged a distinctive path as an HCM provider by offering industry-leading innovation to under-served markets, and we’re poised for continued growth.”

The new $16 million in funding for SilkRoad was led by Foundation Capital, with participation by Intel Capital, Azure Capital Partners, Keating Capital, and Crosslink Ventures. This brings SilkRoad’s total funds raised to $145 million.

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