DURHAM — Another fast-growing startup is expanding into the Bull City.
hatch I.T, a Virginia-based recruitment firm covering the Washington, D.C. metro area, has set up a second office in Durham’s American Underground. Its mission: to connect software engineers with tech startups using “hyper-local, highly specialized recruiting models.” That includes
“hatch has developed a platform that provides a roadmap to guide startups from MVP through all stages of growth. After proving this model with dozens of startups across DC, Maryland, & Virginia, we realized it was needed in all emerging startup markets,” explained Chris Mills, hatch I.T’s data marketing strategist. “With the momentum we saw in the Triangle, it was a no brainer to expand into Raleigh/Durham.”
It all started back in 2013 when its founder and CEO Tim Winkler, realized that traditional staffing models didn’t align with the growth needs of startups.
“Working with those firms felt transactional and the costs were way outside a startup’s budget. There was a need for a solution that was relational, community driven, and flexibly priced. With this in mind, hatch I.T. was formed,” Mills recalled.
Fast forward to today: the boot-strapped startup has grown to include 10 employees at its main headquarters in Vienna, Virginia, with big plans to build its team in Durham.
The satellite office will be headed up by Chas Feuss, an MBA graduate from UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School and is the founder of Artup Ventures Previously, he was the director of Innovation and Strategy at Mindsumo, a Google Ventures-backed startup based in Raleigh.
The startup plans in the near term include three additional hires: a Community Engagement Specialist, Technical Recruiter, and Marketing & Event Interns.
“We’re passionate about the local startup scene and believe that software startup recruiting is ripe for disruption. Bringing Chas onboard will allow hatch I.T. to continue to expand and bring our unique, hyper-local, highly specialized recruiting models to more incredible startups,” Mills said.