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Talented developers are like white tigers — rare, expensive, and in high demand. Gild, an HR tool that helps companies evaluate developers, has snagged a significant $2 million in seed financing to simplify the tough recruitment process.

The ability of developers to masterfully execute product vision can make or break a startup, and companies are willing to pay massive amounts to have good programmers on their team. However, a portfolio or a conversation is not necessarily efficient to determine whether a potential hire is worth their weight.

There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve found a unicorn, only to find it is a white pony in a birthday hat.

Gild capitalizes on this need by offering technology that identifies, measures, and profiles developer talent. Waving the flag of “meritocracy”, this hiring solution provides an objective barometer of skill based on analysis of open source code, community interaction, peer feedback, and code sampling.

High profile clients like Facebook, Box, Amazon, and Salesforce are already using Gild’s service, which offers a far more efficient alternative to trawling through Github for flecks of gold, relying on HR reps to gauge a developers’ programming prowess, or throwing caution and 100K+ salaries to the wind.

The round was led by Globespan Capital Partners and investor Mark Kvamme. Gild was launched in 2011 and is based in San Francisco.

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