Aspireship Raises $1.4M
to Launch a Next-Gen Career Training and Hiring Platform
Former Booker by MINDBODY Executive Christine Rogers Joins Aspireship As President & COO
Scottsdale, AZ – October 30, 2019 – Aspireship, an experiential professional development and career matching platform, today announced that it has raised $1.4M in pre-seed funding led by Story Ventures, with participation from TDF Ventures, Mana Ventures, Upfront Ventures Community Fund, Supernode Ventures, and Capital Factory. With talent shortages at their highest level since 2006 (source: Manpower Group), Aspireship aims to elevate talent quality and put job candidates on the fast track to successful careers.
Aspireship CEO and Founder Corey Kossack previously founded Frederick, the world’s first AI-powered marketing platform for local service businesses that sold to Booker & MINDBODY. Kossack’s journey growing Frederick exposed him to challenges faced by less tenured team members trying to navigate their careers.
In this fast-paced world where technology is transforming industries overnight, entire generations are being thrown into roles they’re not fully prepared for and find themselves stuck and unclear on how to navigate. We created Aspireship to bridge the gap to a successful and fulfilling career, and designed a brand new learning experience that speaks to digital-first audiences, said Kossack.
Taking a technology-driven approach to career training and recruiting at scale, the on-demand curriculum offers a variety of instructional formats, from quizzes and assessments, to virtual simulations recorded for candidate portfolios, to a unique library of video interviews with SaaS luminaries like Skip Miller, author of Proactive Selling. Candidates who pass the program are given additional coaching and mentorship before being matched with employers through a network of hiring SaaS companies, who partner with Aspireship to access pre-trained talent without traditional pay-per-hire recruiting fees.
Bringing an extensive background in recruiting, training, and mentoring SaaS go-to-market talent, Christine Rogers, former sales leader at Booker by MINDBODY and Infusionsoft, is joining Aspireship as President & COO. In addition to overseeing company operations and the design of future Aspireship programs, she will spearhead the rollout of the SaaS Account Executive Aspireship, with the objective of creating pipeline for one of the most in-demand, yet difficult to retain, sales positions at technology companies. The program trains candidates how to ask the right questions, navigate objections and run effective software demos, while also preparing them to enter the role with the right expectations.
From day one, any hire from Aspireship is someone who’s set up for long-term success. We’re providing candidates with the intensive training and soft skills they need to become the most valuable asset in any SaaS organization, said Rogers.
Aspireship is an experiential professional development and career matching platform founded by former Frederick Founder Corey Kossack and former PayPal engineering leader Jason Riedel. Backed by leading venture capitalists and SaaS sales and marketing leaders, Aspireship trains future leaders for prosperous careers, and proactively matches them with fast-growth employers in need of talented and ambitious professionals. To learn more, visit aspireship.com.
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