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We use friendly science to make hiring more predictable and personalize soft skills development .

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Software
  • Location Denver, CO, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded December 2012
  • Employees 10
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
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Company Summary

PAIRIN is a cloud-based service that prioritizes applicants and personalizes professional development with the most complete soft skills measurement system in existence. PAIRIN was named by Business Insider as one of 2015's "50 coolest new companies" in America. In 2017 we were named Denver Startup of the Year and a CO Company to Watch. We doubled revenue in 2016, and are on track to double again in 2017. We also won the 2016 VilCap accelerator.


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    Co-Founder and CEO

    Michael is an intrapreneur turned entrepreneur, 15 years an executive coach; and led product divisions, marketing and strategy for some of the fastest growing tech companies in the US. He led a new product line from $0-250m division in 3 years at Novell while working directly with Eric Schmidt. As CMO at SalesLogix, the fastest growing CRM company in the US at the time, he helped raise revenue from $43m-106m in 1 year. Company sold for $260m.

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    Ron C Young, PhD
    Founder and Chief Science Officer

    Was SVP of Org. Development for WH Bass, founded and ran two successful startup services companies, has 20 years experience as executive coach, is highly sought after measurement expert, and designed the initial PAIRIN product. He has a Masters in Counseling and a Doctorate in Psychology.

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    Director of Curriculum Integration

    Tara Laughlin spent the first decade of her career as a teacher. She holds an M.Ed in Divergent Learning, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Innovation, and Educational Reform. Her dissertation research proved her methodology for systematic integration of social emotional learning into classroom content.

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    Lead Developer

    Was the founding developer at RoundPegg and as a full stack Ruby on Rails developer, he heads up all of Pairin's product engineering.

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    Director of Marketing

    As a self-funded, first-generation college graduate (who changed her major five times), Carli’s passion for connecting education with life-long success is demonstrated in her work with PAIRIN. With
    more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications, and event planning, Carli helped launch, develop, and grow brands from national non profits to billion dollar investment firms to international associations.

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    Director of Customer Success

    Allison's project management experience includes building the manufacturing and fulfillment process for a small retail company, leading the business merger of two healthcare companies and organizing the creation of online curriculum for international students. Allison founded , EduKate, was Product Innovation Director for the Foundation for Global Scholars and consulted with several start-ups on process, systems and strategy.

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    Product Director

    Brandon is all about bringing momentum. He enjoys leading multidisciplinary teams to create great products that surprise and delight users and has spent the past 10+ years of his career delivering technical products and experiences. Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, graduated from Startup Institute in 2015, and is passionate about Design Thinking and emerging technologies.

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    Vp of Biz Dev

    Prior to joining PAIRIN, he held many positions with an education focus, and performed localization strategies in China and Singapore. He has been successful as an individual contributor as well as managing a variety of sales channels. In addition, he has more than 20 years of experience working
    with multinational companies within a variety of industries, bringing these ideas and best practices to the college and career readiness market.

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    Coach and Trainer

    Susan engaged in 10,000+ hours of research and coaching related to social-emotional development. Merging theory and practice she’s translated technical bodies of knowledge into consumable content for the PAIRIN system. She’s instrumental in the ongoing development and validation of the PAIRIN measure as well as their coach certification course.

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    Front End Developer

    Sebastian has 6+ years of experience in software development and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Network Engineering and Systems Management from the University of Great Falls in Montana. He has led multiple teams in the study abroad and wedding industries.
    Why PAIRIN? Its great working on something that can make the world better, its been so much more fulfilling than trying to find new ways to push advertisements at people.


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    Scott Miraglia
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    Remigio Arteaga
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    Ed Bailey
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    Justin Livingston

Previous Investors

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    Huw Jenkins
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    Dale Hughes, former SVP Strategic Investments Cox Enterprises; DG Elmore of Elmore Companies
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    3 Partners with Dow Lohnes Law Group, Ralph Boardman, Lee McCutchan, Boulder Impact Angels
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    Jeff Jones
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    New Markets Venture Partners
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    Gray Matters Capital