This billion-dollar startup is giving companies a leg up in the highly competitive search for software engineers. The brainchild of Mohit Bhende WG08 and Jeffrey Spector, Karat is accelerating the hiring process to help businesses land top talent before it gets swept up by other employers.

With its unique platform and a team of “interview engineers,” Karat conducts technical-assessment interviews on behalf of companies at the start of the hiring process. The 24/7 service touts its ability to conduct 50,000-plus online interviewing hours each month and is designed to give job candidates more flexibility to schedule interviews while freeing up time for software engineers to do more developing.

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