Guru.com is a marketplace for freelancers. It allows companies to find freelance workers for commissioned work. It was founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh as eMoonlighter.com and is still headquartered there. Later in 1999, Guru Inc. was founded San Francisco as an online clearing house for technical workers seeking short-term contracts. The company, led by brothers Jon and James Slavet, raised $3M in angel funding and a further $16M in a full venture round led by Greylock Partners and August Capital.
In 2002, Guru developed the SmartMatch technology which matches résumés and other information about job applicants to jobs. It also developed a candidate profiling system using techniques from industrial and organizational psychology to understand a candidate's suitability for a particular job.
In December 2002The company was acquired by Unicru, a human resources software company based in Portland, Oregon. Guru's technology and staff remained with Unicru, focused on software to help large employers assess and hire job applicants.
Guru for Businesses
Guru.com provides businesses the ability to find the help they need from a hundreds of thousands talented freelancers worldwide. The proprietary Guru recommended system leverages performance data to make the freelancer selection process easy and reliable – every time. Once connected, employers can securely pay freelancers through the SafePay system. By using SafePay, employers are guaranteed payment protection.
Guru for Freelancers
For freelancers, Guru offers the opportunity to market sought-after skills to a global audience. Innovative features, such as online portfolios, give freelancers a cutting edge platform to highlight their skills on and experience in attracting or retaining business. Total Marketing Score data teaches freelancers about their personal strengths and weaknesses so that every service provider on its site has support in becoming a successful free agent – an online entrepreneur with a core market niche.