Bangalore headquartered Vahan.ai, which uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and WhatsApp to help companies hire blue collared employees, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund and Pioneer Fund, reported Economic Times citing a top executive from the company.
The funds raised will be used by Vahan for scaling and expansion.
Founded in 2016, by Madhav Krishna, Vahan is backed by Y Combinator and leverage Machine Learning algorithms to match job seekers with employers inside messaging apps (currently WhatsApp). The startup counts Zomato, Swiggy, Dunzo and Domino’s among its clientele.
Madhav, who is an alumnus of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology of Delhi, has been part of Y Combinator 2019 batch to built an AI-driven virtual assistant integrated with WhatsApp to help businesses automate various aspects of workforce engagement. We specialize in high volume recruitment of on-demand workers.
In a statement to ET, Madhav said Vahan has 1.4 million users, and claimed it had helped 25,000 of them find blue-collared jobs. “We connect blue-collared job seekers to employers who need access to labour,” he said.
Vahan is backed by number prolific of angel investors such as Gokul Rajaram, Godfather of AdSense; Mekin Maheshwari, Former Head of Engineering at Flipkart; and Vir Kashyap, Co-founder of Babajob.
How Vahan.ai Works
Unskilled to semi-skilled job seekers gets on WhatsApp, adds Vahan.ai to his contact list and messages the account for job listings. the candidate simply needs to send a “hi” message to Vahan’s phone number on WhatsApp following which its bot qualifies them, answers their questions and even schedules an interview. The messaging bot of Vahan asks them to give the location. The bot then looks for jobs in the vicinity of the applicant and throws back results. Job seker then answer a few questions, take a short quiz, schedule a job interview.
As many job applicants also write Hindi in English (Hinglish), Vahan’s technology can understand that as well and the messaging bot can translate Hindi to English. The bot asks the applicants to upload their driver’s licence, verifies it against government databases, and requests them to upload their CV via WhatsApp. The CV is then sent to