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"I applied to the all the big hiring websites," Qureshi wrote. "Hired rejected me from their platform. I got no bites anywhere on AngelList or LinkedIn — not even cold e-mails from recruiters. Nothing from WhiteTruffle or SmartHires. Not a breath of interest anywhere."
Ultimately, over 50% of the companies Qureshi applied to rejected him outright. It wasn't until he began using TripleByte, a technical recruiting/screening platform for engineers, that his job search gained momentum.
Essentially, TripleByte serves as a middleman. It tested and screened Qureshi for a variety of qualifications and then pitched him as available talent to companies like Stripe, Twitch, and Airbnb. Because TripleByte was founded by a former partner of startup accelerator Y Combinator, it is particularly successful at placing candidates at YC companies.