Ones to Watch – Starcircle is searching for hidden talent

Ones to Watch | Fri 4 Feb | Author – Business & Finance

Pictured (L-R): Starcircle CEO James Galvin, Chief Revenue Officer Ciara Byrne and Chief Commercial Officer Colin Hickey

The rise of social media was accompanied by an explosion of tools and technology promising a silver bullet to solve talent sourcing needs. Starcircle has developed a better way of sourcing talent, one that is enabled by technology, informed by data, and guided by expertise. 


What is it? 

Starcircle is a talent sourcing technology provider that facilitates companies to source and engage with hidden talent. Starcircle’s core philosophy is helping clients go broader in their searches, to find ‘hidden stars’. This is achieved by deploying the latest AI technology and talent analytics to identify high-potential candidates which may otherwise have been overlooked.

 Starcircle is a category creator that takes a unique approach to solve critical talent challenges for major global clients.  Informed by deep data and guided by human expertise Starcircle is particularly successful at supporting clients who need to recruit talent at scale. This often occurs as a result of significant up-scaling or as part of diversity hiring initiatives.

Starcircle, whose clients are some of the world’s biggest names – Marvel, Meta, Amazon, Epic Games, Sonos, Dropbox, Doordash, and Paypal, has enabled companies to see further and expand their field of vision to find diverse talent. 

Starcircle uses advanced technology to deliver top-class candidates from the talent universe to its customers. Our proprietary technology identifies candidates that would not be discovered via standard searching technologies. Starcircle is continuously refining the process to deliver the candidates that companies require in highly competitive employment markets. In response to client needs, Starcircle develops innovative technologies to enhance the client experience.

Starcircle offers clients an engine to drive true dexterity and diversity in their hiring process. This is proving to be a highly effective and results-driven strategy for building effective teams.

Who’s behind it? 

Starcircle was founded in 2007 by CEO, James Galvin, originally from Cork. James has founded and run several companies and also has been involved as a co-founder, investor, and advisor to numerous startups in Ireland, the UK, the US, and Asia. James began his career with a passion for coding.

From 2007 onwards, most of his work was related to HR and staffing industry. Back then, he found that recruitment systems were very outdated. Recruiters wasted far too much time on manual tasks that could have been automated or outsourced. Interviewers relied too much on instinct and did not use data to drive better decision-making. James felt that a little bit of tech knowledge could go a long way.

When James founded Starcircle back in 2007, it was to primarily search for resumes on job boards, matching and submitting to active requirements. Over the years, a new way of sourcing has gradually unfolded. The rise of social media was accompanied by an explosion of tools and technology promising a silver bullet to solve talent sourcing needs. Starcircle has developed a better way of sourcing talent, one that is enabled by technology, informed by data, and guided by expertise. 

The company has doubled its workforce in 2021 across its locations in Ireland, Singapore, North America, and Vietnam. Starcircle delivers for clients through a diverse international team of dedicated talent analysts and expert advisors who listen, analyse and respond to the specific needs of each of their clients.

How is it funded? 

The company has received support from a number of private investors as well as Enterprise Ireland.

Future plans? 

Starcircle is entering an exciting period of ambitious growth and expansion and is on course to create 100 new jobs.

2021 saw significant growth for Starcircle. Annual company revenue increased by 45% and Starcircle added a number of major international clients to its portfolio. The war on talent and revealed shortages in key areas of the workforce such as technical recruitment and engineering, which has enabled this growth. 

In 2022 we are excited to launch our Sourcing Lab. This innovation hub will enable us to reimagine the way that we deliver quality candidates to our clients’ expectations directly aligned to their needs. 

We will also launch our first sourcing hackathon in 2022. We employ some of the world’s best talent sourcers on our teams so this should be fun and collaborative. 

We are very much looking forward to hosting a number of client events in 2022 as we have missed that face-to-face client interaction.  2022 should be a pivotal year for us.