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Ideal, an AI for Recruiting Company, Selected for C100’s “48 Hours in the Valley”

Ideal, an AI technology for high-volume recruiting, announces their selection as one of the top Canadian tech startups chosen to participate in “48 Hours in the Valley.”

TORONTO, ON (October 31, 2016) – Ideal announced today that they have been selected to participate in the “48 Hours in the Valley” program organized by C100. The “48 Hours in the Valley” program brings Canada’s most promising startups to Silicon Valley and gives them tools, mentors and strategic introductions to accelerate their success.

A company to watch in the world of AI technology, Ideal’s software uses artificial intelligence to instantly identify and screen top candidates for employers overwhelmed with applicants. Continue reading

When to Quit Your Job to Start a Business

There’s a misconception that entrepreneurs are huge risk takers. Sure, a few outliers quit their jobs (or school), rolled the dice Vegas-style, started a business and made it big. Yes, that happens. But it doesn’t happen often.

I only have my own experience, but having talked to a lot of entrepreneurs, most of them quit their day jobs in a calculated and methodical fashion. I was 27, had what would be considered a great job in the capital markets, and took a calculated risk to quit and pursue my entrepreneurial dream. Quitting is all about taking a calculated risk.

Here are three rules I used to quit my job. Continue reading

Why Job Matching Works: Explained

You’ve heard it again and again: The hiring process is time-consuming, ineffective, and frustrating for both job candidates and employers. To complicate matters, everyone seems to have an opinion on how to fix it. As the lead research analyst at Ideal, I’ve taken a look at the data behind the broken system. By understanding what makes the process so complex, we are able to understand what both job seekers and hiring managers are looking for and create a better process.

A Typical Hiring System An employer posts a job listing internally, on their website, and on job boards. The job listing attracts, on average, 250 applications (with some job listings receiving thousands of resumes). Continue reading

2014 Becel Ride For Heart: Team Ideal Candidate

Team Ideal Candidate got up a little earlier than usual yesterday to take part in the 2014 Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart in Toronto.

The sold-out ride was a huge success, raising over $6M for heart and stroke research and holding strong as Canada’s largest charity cycling event. We were happy to be a few of the approximately 14,000 riders cruising down the highway as the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway were cleared for the morning.

We were pretty proud to have clocked a combined 250km before brunch and after we take a couple days to recover, we’ll be setting next year’s goal—500km? Continue reading

The New Ideal Candidate Office: 26 Soho

We like to think 96 Harbord earned us some solid startup street cred. However, once we could no longer power all our monitors and have the modern convenience of a microwave simultaneously—it was time to move.

We hope you enjoy our photo timeline and if you’re a startup still in the attic, keep pushing! Many of today’s most profitable companies started out in less than 400 square ft.

November 2013

January 2014

April 2014

Moving Day begins, May 2014

Drake and Ji-A overseeing the move

See ya later 96 Harbord

U-Haul selfie caught in action

Kayla and Blair working hard


Fit the whole office in

Nightclub or back of the U-Haul? Continue reading

Blair Kelly Joins Ideal Candidate

We are pleased to announce that Blair Kelly has joined the Ideal Candidate team as a software engineer.

Fixing sales hiring is no simple task and we have a lot of work to do. Currently, a lot of that work involves software development and we’re still looking for talented people to add to the team.

Blair comes to us with a background in computer science and communications studies and multimedia. He will be working on the “front end” of Ideal Candidate predominantly but he’s not opposed to writing the odd SQL query.


Unsure of Blair’s geek cred? Check him out tinkering with Aduino projects to put to bed any concerns:

Welcome Blair! Continue reading

Introducing Ideal Candidate – A Better Way to Recruit Salespeople

It’s been a little over 12 months since the acquisition of our last company, Field ID. While building Field ID, my co-founder Shaun and I learned two things about ourselves very quickly:

We love startups and building companies We love solving real world business problems

At our core, we are B2B guys. We didn’t waste any time launching our new startup and today I’m very pleased to introduce Ideal Candidate to the world. This time around we’re solving a problem that we, and many other companies, experience daily: recruiting and identifying top salespeople.

The Problem with Sales Recruiting

While at Field ID, we had an extremely hard time finding the right salespeople. Continue reading