Situation: intransparent market with expensive intermediaries. In these times you can just wait for competitive (online) concepts. Via LinkedIn, an employer can now dramatically shorten the application process and make it more effective. Challenges to both the HR departments of employers as well as to executive search firms. Especially the latter increasingly have to show their value add to their clients.

LinkedIn launched a new plugin yesterday that allows job seekers to apply for their next gig using the information in their LinkedIn profile.
Employers can add the buttons to their job boards and get an applicant's information emailed directly to them or submitted to a database.


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Social innovation is starting to be cool. Just setting up a company that not only is doing well, but also having a sustainable business model. The big difference with regular business: not profit maximization but optimization.

"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks." So says 28-year-old Cloudera founder, early Facebook veteran and one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek's "Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs" in 2010, Jeff Hammerbacher, in a refreshing insight about the present state of innovation.

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