Uncubed Acquires Vetted Candidate Platform Finalist.io

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Expects surge in applications, will extend technology to digital college recruiting

Uncubed announced the acquisition of Finalist, a candidate experience platform and pre-vetted candidate marketplace.

The Finalist software allows companies to seamlessly refer top candidates to the private Finalist network. This delivers a better candidate experience to those highly qualified applicants that all but receive an offer from the referring company. By entering Finalist, candidates access opportunities at other participating companies. On the back-end, candidates are automatically matched, using AI-driven matching technology.

“The Finalist technology brings a network effect to our placement services that accelerates our ability to match pre-vetted talent to hiring companies,” Chief Creative Officer Tarek Pertew said.

Uncubed intends to extend the technology to both its outplacement and digital campus recruiting solutions, two areas where demand is surging amidst the widespread layoffs and the disruption of on-campus recruiting.

“We think Finalist can play a pivotal role in our digital campus recruiting efforts, where we’ve successfully placed hundreds of top candidates, and now can expand that network and deliver an enhanced candidate experience,” Pertew mentioned.

Similarly, Uncubed began investing in outplacement services in 2019 for companies laying off talent, and sees Finalist as a powerful addition to that service.

“We saw an immediate fit with Uncubed, and combination of tech-enabled service and unique content, to be able to broaden and accelerate our vision of Finalist,” said Finalist CEO, Richard Fay.

Finalist (https://finalist.io) is based in New York and was founded in 2017, and has served a range of high-growth technology companies across industries.

For more information, please write to contact@uncubed.com.


Uncubed is a digital talent attraction and engagement platform based in New York. A community of diverse, tech-driven professionals trusts Uncubed as a one-stop resource for career advancement, through its innovative job board, matching technology, editorial content, and online events. For employers, the Uncubed platform delivers access to the Uncubed talent network solutions, and related technology and services. Additionally, the company operates Uncubed Studios, an in-house employer brand and engagement studio. Uncubed also owns and operates Mediabistro (https://mediabistro.com), the leading careers site for media and content professionals. The company works with high-growth tech clients in addition to established industry leaders including IBM, NBC Universal, Peloton, AB InBev, Bloomberg, and more. To learn more about Uncubed, please visit http://www.uncubed.com.

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