LinkedIn today announced in its earnings statement that it has acquired Connectifier, a startup with technology for helping recruiters find talent.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

“The acquisition of Connectifier, announced this afternoon, will further strengthen our core products and accelerate our product roadmap, leveraging powerful machine learning-based searching and matching technology to help recruiters and hiring managers find the perfect talent fit,” LinkedIn said in the earnings statement.

Connectifier built search technology that draws on artificial intelligence, and the search index contains profiles for more than 400 million job candidates. Founders Ben McCann and John Jersin previously worked at Google.

Last year Connectifier raised $6 million in funding. Investors include Goldcrest Investments, K5 Ventures, Okapi Venture Capital, True Ventures, Andrew Chen, and James Hong. Founded in 2012 and based in Costa Mesa, California, the startup has profiles for 47 people on its website.

The entire team is not joining LinkedIn, according to a blog post today from Jersin.

“While some of the team will be freely pursuing their next adventure, our R&D team will be relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area to play a large role in the future of the LinkedIn Talent Solutions product line,” Jersin wrote.

Connectifier’s customers include Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, PayPal, Salesforce, Twitter, and VMware.

The Connectifier product, which has free and premium tiers, will remain available in the near future.

“Over the coming weeks, we will continue to support Connectifier’s existing products while we focus on making this integration successful — this involves determining how we can best integrate Connectifier to create the most value for our members, customers, and business,” Jersin wrote.

Other recent LinkedIn acquisitions include Fliptop and


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