Japanese social recruiting company Grooves fundraises $1.9 million



This is the abridged version of our original article in Japanese.

Tokyo-based Grooves, the company best known for its engineer recruiting platform called Forkwell, announced today that it has fundraised 220 million yen (about $1.85 million) from Japan Finance Corporation, Nippon Venture Capital, and Mitsui Sumitomo Insuarance Venture Capital.

Forkwell was launched as a service by Grooves, a Garbs subsidiary, fundraised an undisclosed sum from CyberAgent Ventures in November of 2011, and subsequently 60 million yen (about $600,000) from Nippon Venture Capital in April of 2012.

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While Garbs had been operating Crowd Agent, a platform that connects non-engineer job seekers with recruiting agents, Grooves had been operating engineer-focused recruiting site Forkwell. But the two companies thought that these two businesses can be operated under the same roof, and Garbs was merged into Grooves this April upon approvals from their existing investors.