the Talentpair Story

With decades of recruiting experience for the leading technology companies in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and Austin, Talentpair founder Joe Kosakowski wanted to transform the way companies recruit talent and how candidates find jobs.  Joe realized that he could help create better workplaces if he could match companies with better candidates at scale.

He teamed up with successful Silicon Valley founder and Stanford alum Jeremy Robin to uncover patterns that discover the attributes of a successful hire. Together as a team of engineers, data scientists, and product nerds, we've built out a powerful platform that combines the best of artificial intelligence with the best of people to deliver the future of talent acquisition like you've never experienced it before.



we believe that when people bring the best of themselves to work, they make the world better.


 A photo of Kathryn's desk in Portland where she keeps all of the good inspirational office reading. 

A photo of Kathryn's desk in Portland where she keeps all of the good inspirational office reading. 

Our Leadership


Joe Kosakowski

Founder, CEO

Joe Kosakowski is a seasoned founder and CEO with over 20 years of experience leading his recruiting teams to success.  Joe's strong relationships with the most innovative and successful venture capital firms around the country helped him understand the need for getting better talent matches at scale for busy, growing startups.  Joe is dedicated to his family and community, giving his time and money to causes like the Tim Tebow Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Veterans, and the Boise Rescue Mission. 


Jeremy Robin


Jeremy Robin is an engineering executive who has spent more than 10 years building and managing software development, engineering operations, and support services for technology companies.  Before coming to Talentpair, he was the co-founder and director of engineering at Hitpost, a mobile sports network which was acquired by Yahoo. He is an active participant in the Portland software development community and holds a BA in Computer science from Dartmouth and an MS from Stanford. When he's not at work or being a dad, he loves whitewater kayaking and playing bluegrass.


our team


Cole Howard 


Machine Learning Engineer

Cole studied Mathematics at the University of Michigan before venturing into the world of Data Science.  He is co-author of Natural Language Processing in Action.  Cole believes that the ever evolving space of data science can will be a huge boon for social good. He is a lecturer and teaching assistant for Hack Oregon University. Cole enjoys playing Go and finding patterns where none should exist.


John Skelton 


Senior Product Designer

John sprinkles design magic across all Talentpair interactions and products.  John's 20 year career in UX and product design spans both the agency and startup worlds, where he has worked on products like BuddyUp, a social network to help students to find study partners that was listed as one of Portland's most prominent startups.  John enjoys creating fonts, curries, and spell casters.


Kathryn Hermann


Social Product Marketing

Kathryn loves the thrill of working with early stage startups and bringing innovative products to market. Before joining Talentpair, she founded ScoutSavvy, a diversity recruiting mobile app that earned her an Oregon Technology Award in 2017.  She likes working in her family winery and is working toward running her first ultra marathon.  


Ben Brandt

Frontend Engineer

Ben has a film degree, which he put to use working as a production coordinator at DreamWorks Animation. He even has a short IMDB page.  As a frontend developer for Talentpair, he enjoys working on the product and keeping the frontend infrastructure in tip-top shape.  Ben is a happy new dad, and his hobbies include brewing beer and baking bread.


Dan Fellin

Lead Software Engineer - Backend

Dan previously worked at Veelo (née Mobilepaks). As one of the early engineering team members at Talentpair, Dan is the resident office Git wizard who continues to build the future of Talentpair as Technical Lead.  He enjoys traveling, small airplanes, and Dungeons & Dragons. Dan has an M.A. in History and was an accountant in a past career. 


Eric Biewener

Software Engineer

Eric was a full-stack engineer for Klaviyo, a Boston-based ecommerce marketing insights startup, before moving to the Pacific NW and joining Talentpair.  He has also worked in edTech for Harvard University and the Educational Development Center in Massachessettes.  After solving the hiring process, Eric hopes Talentpair's AI will learn to fold his laundry.

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Aaron Goin

Junior Software Engineer

Aaron is a recent graduate of WSU with a B.S. in Computer Science with Honors. As a Machine Learning research assistant in school, he studied deep neural networks in distributed systems. Aaron joined the team after being matched with our open Junior Developer job on Talentpair. Aaron travels with his own ping-pong paddle and case, and is always up for a game.

Where We Work


We are headquartered in Portland, Oregon with offices in Boise, Idaho and Austin, Texas (coming soon!)

In Portland, we are on the east side of the Willamette River in the Central Industrial District, which is quickly becoming one of the coolest places to work in the city. 

If you are ever in town, look us up! We'd be happy to meet you.

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