Announcing a Community for Talent Market Makers

I left Triplebyte last week after almost 2 years of transitioning the company from a Hired-clone agency model to a Linkedin competitor: The Linkedin for Engineers. It was a great experience and I got a chance to work with passionate people on a problem that I deeply cared about.

Leaving Triplebyte was both sad and invigorating. When I began exploring options in the market, I realized that things had changed. Back in 2019, when I joined Triplebyte, it felt like talent communities were in the decline.  Many of the top competitors in the space had struggled, pivoted, or shutdown. Triplebyte was one of the few companies able to raise a good deal of capital to keep the dream alive of finding everyone, or at least engineers, a job that they loved.

This go around it was like a new world. Talent communities of every stripe had popped up. This confirmed what I knew deep down that this was an important problem and community was the way to solve it.

With that said, most of these companies are pretty early in their journeys. I know that they are facing problems: problems that I had faced. Problems that others in the business have been facing and solving over the last 10 years. Ultimately, I could only go to one company yet I wanted to stay in connection with the great folks I met through my job exploration.

That's why, today, I am announcing the creation of our own community; A community for Talent Market Makers. This is a place for talent marketplace leaders to congregate and learn from each other to solve the thorny problems that every talent marketplace faces.

This community has been deeply influenced by the Retied from Hired alumni community that has existed on Slack since 2015, when we had our first regrettable attrition. Retired has been a wonderful place for past colleagues to connect, share what they are up to, find new opportunity and feel like they are still a part of a culture that for many felt was the pinnacle of their careers.

Talent Market Makers is different. It is for the operator, and for that I have learned from the Operator's Guild, another great community that spans organizations and allows for those in the field to lean on others to find resources, solve problems and connect with peers they would have otherwise never met.

My vision for Talent Market Makers is to create a tight knit community like Retired oriented at solving real problems in talent marketplaces like the Operator's Guild does for predominately SaaS companies.

If this sounds like you, head over to and sign up. We are currently admitting anyone that has prior operating experience (even if it was in the past) in a talent or labor marketplace. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Trent Krupp

Founded Threaded: The personal rolodex built from your existing data. Previously, Head of Product at Impact, a market network serving the entertainment industry as well as Head of Revenue at Triplebyte and Hired. Founded an agency in my 20's, sold it to Hired and became employee 5. Recruited for VCs, growth and public companies. Helped the founders of recruitment tech startups, Trusted Health, Terminal and Beacon in the early days.