A Manila Based Startup Raises $1.9M from Ebay Founder, Globe


Kalibrr a Manila (Philippines) based startup raised $1.9 M from some big investors like eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Omidyar Network, Siemer Ventures, Learn Capital and Globe Telecom’s Kickstart Ventures.

Kalibrr aims to streamline the way companies discover, screen, and develop talent through a dynamic and predictive assessment that is deployed online as part of the job application process. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Omidyar Network is pleased to make this investment in Kalibrr,” said Mallika Singh, Omidyar Network, director, investments.  “Kalibrr’s singular focus on unleashing the potential of the youth and job-seeking population in the Philippines by providing access to high-quality jobs is an effective way to transform and empower individuals and entire communities.”

The investment in Kalibrr is through Omidyar Network’s Education initiative and is a reflection of the firm’s commitment to increase access to learning and employment opportunities adapted for all life stages. Across all its initiatives, Omidyar Network supports more than 40 organizations in South and Southeast Asia.

Kalibrr was founded by Ligot-Gordon, a workforce development professional with 10 years experience in the US; Rivera, an ex-Googler and former founder of a BPO; Timothy Trutna, a former chief software architect with a US biotech company; and Danny Castonguay, an MIT graduate and former UP Diliman lecturer.

Paul Rivera, Co-Founder, Kalibrr said, “We want to revolutionize the job-search process, enabling jobseekers to demonstrate their skills, and employers to discover new talent and screen them more efficiently. We are aligned with Omidyar Network’s mission in empowering individuals to make their own lives better.”

Through its assessment and recruiting platform, Kalibrr creates a level playing field by standardizing the assessment process and delivers significant social impact by providing access to opportunities for young people who otherwise have limited scope for securing formal jobs.  Kalibrr is the first start-up from the Philippines to be accelerated by Silicon Valley-based Y Combinator.  For more information about Kalibrr, please visit: www.kalibrr.com


Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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