At Checkr we are building software to help companies hire at scale, and our background checks are a big part of what makes that possible. On the surface a background check seems straightforward — you might think it’s as simple as looking up records in a database and returning some data, but in practice it’s messy and slow.
At a very high level, a background check falls into two phases:
The goal of this blog post is to help reveal a little about how Checkr builds software to manage this complexity and help modernize background checks…
My brother and I bought an Axidraw v3 a few months ago. Axidraw is a modern day pen plotter – a machine that will move a pen or marker or pencil or crayon around on a piece of paper and precisely draw lines sent by a computer program.
The first plotters appeared in the 1950s and 60s and quickly died out with the rise of inkjet printers. However, according to wikipedia: “in the mid-to-late 2000s artists and hackers began to rediscover pen plotters as quirky, customizable output devices.”
Indeed we did, wikipedia. Indeed we did.
I created isitbrunchtimeyet.com a few years ago as a joke. It has since been used mostly as a funny and/or slightly passive aggressive way to ask people to brunch. When I created it I arbitrarily set the brunch time to be 10:15am to 11:45am. It is that decision which leads us here — I want to do better than arbitrary.
Twitter is a platform that allows users to “get real-time updates about what matters to you.” If we assume people generally tweet about things while they are doing those things then we can assume tweets containing “brunch” are generally happening…
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