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Posted: 2016-04-23 01:30
Hey guys,

Just came across an interesting startup called Wall Street Scout ( and wanted to hear your thoughts! They seem to hack the job search and allow you to send out a tonne of emails to banks, PE funds and hedge funds.

What are your thoughts?

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Posted: 2016-04-23 08:39
Checked it out.

I've a few questions.

You wouldn't by any chance be connected to that company would you? The concept appears to be using some AI (I think a better buzzword is ML these days) methods to match skills to employer needs. I think there's a lot of tools out there to do that, although none of them are that good I'd admit. Why would this one be better? I would also think that just with LinkedIn and other sources it's pretty easy to query for banks/HFs etc. but maybe there's some secret db they use? If someone is "in the industry" it seems to me that person already knows 99% of the interesting universe of banks/HFs/prop shops. Nowadays it's hard to have pockets of super secret hidden hedge funds/Prop Shops/banks. On the automated letter writing, wouldn't an employer start noticing some patterns letters/emails coming from users of this service and wouldn't that be sort of a turn-off for the employer? Why the cost model? I'm not sure how well that works, but maybe I'm wrong. Also, I wonder if the founders have checked various jurisdiction's law on this kind of service. In the UK, it's actually illegal to charge prospects a fee to "find them a job". Maybe this service gets around that by offering ancillary services linked to job search, but as we all know English Law can be very open to interpretations.

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Posted: 2016-04-23 13:29
In the XXIst century who would like a job anyway...

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Posted: 2016-04-23 16:08
I can carpet bomb the Street with my CV? I wish headhunters could do that.

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Posted: 2016-04-23 21:40
I thought the point of headhunters is to provide at least a modicum of screening to prevent the carpet-bombing that this startup being touted by a "disinterested observer" is proposing..

I know a guy who runs a a somewhat similar kind of thing ( - similar in terms of intelligent job search, not in terms of email spam) - the idea here is to search for jobs based on the content of your resume. I tried it out last year when I was looking around..was good in that it identified potentially interesting roles that I would not have initially thought of, but in the end I ended up getting the most traction from a headhunter I met via the site.

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Posted: 2016-04-23 23:01
Goldarak has a point. The way things are going, and maybe this is a 1200 bc thing (see ref in Open Topics), or maybe this is human evolution, a "job" as in being "employed" might go down the path of the horse and buggy. Working for someone might be for future humans the equivalent of using AOL to use the internet. Perhaps the right framework is that ideas plus implementations are done on an "as-needed-basis", mini contracts, think Mechanical Turk but for proper "work". blah blah.

maybe there could be some sort of machine learning algorithm that uses 25K deep convolutional NNs and which you'd do a brain-computer mind-meld and have your entire abilities/pyschometry/knowledge etc beamed out to billions and billions of nodes in the internet just like that, such that, even transferrable skills such as trading/coding/quant/bullshit artist/asshole could be streamed out, bifurcated, and recombined. You might end up with a micro contract to risk manage some dark web risks, or Las Vegas casinos, or startups involving space travel to Andromeda. Something like that.

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Posted: 2016-11-12 12:22
BlakeMr: "Just came across an interesting startup called Wall Street Scout ( and wanted to hear your thoughts!"

10 seconds Google search: "Wallstreetscout Blake" yields this:

"Hey guys! It's Blake here, product manager at Wall Street Scout ("

I think we take a particularly dim view of people trying to do that sort of thing here, Mr. Blake. We also take a dim view of people that are ,well, so dim-witted that their feeble attempt at self-marketing can be revealed by an eight-year old with a browser....

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