San Francisco, CA – November 13, 2013: Gild, which brings meritocracy to tech hiring through innovative recruiting technologies, today announced another breakthrough in its mission to help companies hire developers based on talent: Gild can now uncover which schools produce the best developers for any industry, and aside from a few predictable standouts, top developer schools include public universities and little-known colleges. The results are surprising and should allow – or force – recruiters and hiring managers to cast aside preconceived and wide spread biases for university pedigrees. The link to the results can be found here: Gild Heat Diffusion Model Study.

“It’s unsurprising that schools like Stanford and Berkeley produce talent for companies like Twitter or Amazon,” said Sheeroy Desai, CEO and co-founder of Gild. “What should start some conversations is the excellent caliber of talent emerging from schools that don’t make it into any of the traditional top 25 lists – lists that are based on outdated data points.”

Using heat diffusion technology to determine the correlation between a graduate’s place of education and future employment, Gild’s expert science team built a bipartite graph with people on one side and companies or universities on the other. Using 400,000 employee profiles from their own Gild Source platform, which ranks developers based on demonstrated coding talent, Gild mapped the movements of developers between companies they worked for, positions they held, skills they attained and the universities they attended. The results tracked over 3,000 companies and 2,400 schools.

“The applications of this heat diffusion model are endless and show how data and science can overthrow preconceived ideas around schools, companies, and who’s got talent,” said Dr. Vivienne Ming, Chief Scientist, Gild. “Even with built-in biases, Gild’s science helps companies discover hidden talent by ensuring that candidates stand out on their proven abilities.”

The results of Gild’s study challenge conventional thinking about schools and talent. For example, the University of Phoenix and San Jose State University both rank within the top 20 schools producing developers for top companies. The heat diffusion model can be applied to companies in any industry; helping to identify the most promising talent regardless of education.

“This breakthrough approach to understanding the relationships between education and work history will help us evolve our product offering to make hiring more merit-driven,” said Desai.

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