Exclusive RH : Clustree promotes internal mobility thanks to Big Data
Clustree promotes internal mobility thanks to Big Data
Launched a year ago, Clustree has seen a very promising start... Its internal mobility tool, which values the transversality of professional career paths, recently earned it its first big client - GDF Suez - and raised € 600,000 with some well-known investors.
Some naysayers might see Clustree as just another talent management solution... However, the approach of the Parisian startup, which has just celebrated its first anniversary, is different compared to the other players on the market. Created by a former consultant specializing in strategy and business development, Clustree markets a tool dedicated to internal mobility based on the analysis of 15 million international profiles (mostly executives) from specialized sites (like APEC, etc.) and professional social networks (LinkedIn, Viadeo...). For each of its profiles, the skills, training, performance, soft skills, etc., were examined very closely.
Big Data applied to mobility
"While the majority of publishers based their solution on a simple matching tool, we seek to break down silos in businesses, by valuing the possible transversalities between different career paths," says Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan, the founder. In practice, this means that using career development scenario analysis and HR data specific to each customer company, the solution is capable of revealing, using a score sheet, relevant paths that HR might not want to consider. Or, in other words, to generate suggestions for matching between talents, positions, and careers.
The solution, which is aimed primarily at large accounts with more than 2000 employees, thus allows companies to further optimize their internal mobility strategy, and also to retain their employees by offering them original paths, creating savings by limiting the use of external recruitment... "Our approach also helps companies better prepare for the future by identifying profiles that could potentially fill tomorrow’s digital jobs," she says. These are arguments that convinced GDF Suez, a company that just finished implementing this solution in SaaS mode, whose annual rates are confidential at the present time.
Ambitions at the international level
This approach has recently attracted several renowned business angels including the likes of Xavier Niel (Free), Frédéric Montagnon (OverBlog), Jean-David Blanc (Allociné), as well as Alven Capital funds. Last July, Clustree employed 4 people including data scientists, and held its first fundraising for an amount of € 600,000. And this is just the beginning, according to Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan, who hopes to have 20 customers and between 1.5 and 2 million euros in revenues next year. "Our goal is to have a second discussion in late 2015 or early 2016, in order to launch our tool in new markets, at the international level," she concludes.