As the creator of a performance recruiting software startup, Don Charlton, 38, has built a multimillion-dollar venture with more than 3,000 customers.
Charlton’s dream as a teen was to become an artist, but he also had a secret love for coding. When speaking with a guidance counselor, he learned how to combine those two passions. Throughout his education at Rochester School of Technology, he painted classrooms and worked in fast-food restaurants to support his family.
Luis Salguero, account executive at Highwire Public Relations, wrote that Charlton’s hard work during school is “that same kind of perseverance and daring spirit that led him to start The Resumator,” which has recently been renamed as Jazz.
The software that Charlton created profiles candidates and plans out the recruiting process for companies. Jazz's website says the software uses a performer-centric approach.
It started out in Pittsburgh, which isn’t known as a hub for technology, and the company has remained competitive by opening a second office in the technologically competitive San Francisco area. Jazz has also gained the support of presidential campaigns, with the 2012 Obama and Romney campaigns using the software.
A customer of his, Tara Ronel of SnapRetail, wrote that Charlton’s success comes from following his own advice: “If you want great people to work for you, you have to make working for you great.”