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An AI company helping Ford & Cisco find the best freelance programmers
Business find hiring full time programmers a competitive & lengthy process. That's one main reason there is increasing demand for freelancers and consultants. Forrester predicts that there will be rise of 6% in outsourced software help in 2018.
To find the best possible talent large firms like Cisco, Ford & others are using artificial intelligence from a San-Jose startup called Tara Intelligence.
Tara AI helps match projects with freelance programmers who have the exact skills required to complete the project. For doing so, they developed a "scraping engine" that constantly scours the open web and figures out who worked on code that resembles a project that a business needs to get done.
According to Tara AI CEO and co-founder Iba Masood: "Developers give us access to their Github. We see projects similar in nature to what you are trying to build. And then we connect you to the right and available talent."
Tara AI's software also helps businesses automatically scope out and manage projects with freelancers, monitoring the pace and quality of their work, and making sure contractors are paid on-time for their code commits, for example.
Developers who score work via Tara AI are paid flat rates, which are set automatically and correspond with a project's level of difficulty. Whether they're men, women, retirees or twenty-somethings with a fresh undergraduate degree, developers get paid the same wages for the same work.
"Some people are better at negotiating," Masood said. "But we think developers should be paid based on their actual abilities and the work they deliver."
Tara AI faces competition from large tech consultancies like Tata or Insight Global, and freelancer and developer marketplaces online like Upwork, Codementor and Gigster.
Masood says her company has just raised $3 million in seed funding to make its platform the go-to resource for businesses in need of contractors with specialized programming skills, especially in data analytics, machine learning and mobile.
Some of the investors in Tara AI include - Moment Ventures, Y Combinator, Lattice VC, GSV & more.
The new funding promises to help Tara AI grow from a team of dozen full time employees today to 30 or more in the next year. They can then establish an office in Buffalo & New York. The company is also working on a set of bug prediction algorithms that can help augment the skills of the programmers and thereby reduce the time it takes them to finalize the code.