Take the Interview Takes Manhattan in Strategic and Practical Maneuver

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In a strategic play to be closer to existing investors, potential backers, and her own personal support system, Danielle Weinblatt, the CEO of Take the Interview, has moved her startup from Cambridge, MA, to New York City and is on the hunt for more funding.

Take the Interview has developed a platform for recruiters to screen candidates with video interviews. Human resources management is a very competitive market, but Weinblatt says her company differentiates itself from others by helping recruiters be more efficient and get a more thorough grasp of who they hire. Along with Weinblatt’s latest fundraising efforts, Take the Interview is out to compete for New York’s top tech talent to help the company grow.

For Weinblatt, a New York native, the move from Dogpatch Labs Cambridge to Projective Space, a co-working space above a deli in SoHo, was a homecoming as well as a business decision. “It was more practical. A lot of the meetings I was conducting were in New York,” she says. “Most of our investor base is from New York.” She says she also wanted to be part of the rising tech community in the city. Weinblatt says she wants to raise new funding in part to have more resources to attract talent in the city.

Take the Interview previously raised about $1 million from angel investors, Weinblatt says, which includes a $775,000 seed round last September. That round closed a few weeks after her company graduated from the Dreamit Ventures startup accelerator program last summer.

Weinblatt, a former investment banking analyst, says being in New York puts her back among the Dreamit Venture community. She will be an advisor to the Dreamit Israel program, which will bring startups from Israel to New York for three months this year.

Though Weinblatt just started her latest fundraising efforts, she has already begun interviewing candidates for a chief technology officer position. She says she plans to … Next Page »

João-Pierre S. Ruth is the editor of Xconomy New York. He can be reached at jpruth@xconomy.com and followed on Twitter @jpruth. Follow @jpruth

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