PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- HackerRank, a platform that ranks engineers based on their coding skills and helps companies discover talent faster, announced today the hire of Mike Asher as Chief Financial Officer. Asher will be responsible for overseeing the financial planning and operations at HackerRank. With his proven track record of scaling high-growth startups, he is well positioned to help HackerRank, which is growing at a rate rivaling the fastest-growing software startups in the world, enter its next phase of growth and international expansion.
"Every company I've ever worked at, partnered with or even just heard about has had problems hiring software engineers. I have long believed there should be a more efficient way to evaluate, find, and hire skilled technical people," said Asher. "The need for technical talent is only increasing, as more and more industries embrace software and as traditionally non-technical roles like customer success, marketing, and even HR are looking for more technical people."
HackerRank is a technical talent platform used by software developers around the world to hone their coding skills, compete in engineering challenges, and ultimately find jobs. Thousands of companies like Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb use HackerRank to source, evaluate, interview, and hire software engineers, disproving the widely-held perception that there is a shortage of skilled software engineers.
"The demand for tech jobs is outstripping the traditional supply. That's why companies need to start looking at nontraditional engineers to build their teams," said Vivek Ravisankar, co-founder and CEO of HackerRank. "We're on a mission to change the way every single company builds their engineering teams, and Mike's deep experience will ensure that we grow and scale really fast this year."
Asher has over 20 years of finance experience at small and large companies, both public and private. Most recently Asher served as the CFO of Platfora, and he previously held CFO roles at Appcelerator, Greenplum, and Newscale. Over his career, Asher has helped companies successfully scale operations, expand internationally, raise financing, and successfully exit the market.
Asher's appointment comes on the heels of HackerRank's latest product release, HackerRank Jobs, the first job search app that connects companies with skilled software engineers while offering engineers a guaranteed response from companies within five business days. Asher is the latest in a string of executives – including VP of Product David Park, COO Grady Burnett, head of talent Scott Gilfoil, and senior engineer Ahmed Aly – joining HackerRank as the company scales its operations, product, growth, and engineering teams.
HackerRank is a platform that ranks engineers based solely on their coding skills and helps companies discover talent and save time to hire. We're driving a new paradigm shift by eliminating resumes and creating opportunities for hundreds of thousands of programmers worldwide. Over 1,000 companies use HackerRank to build strong engineering teams.