Yahoo! buys technical recruiting company Distill

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Yahoo! has acquired Distill, a technical recruiting startup that combines video interviews with programming challenges. Prior to the acquisition, Distill raised $1.3 million in funding from investors like Felicis Ventures, Innovation Works, and DN Capital.

Distill was founded by Deng-Kai Chen and Ken MacInnis. The two of them launched Distill because they built up engineering teams before and were frustrated with managing technical interviews.

Distill combines a video chat service with a text editor and file upload space so that the interview can walk a candidate through a collaborative coding session. The two of them will likely work on the mobile ad products for Yahoo!

Here is a message that the team wrote on their website:

We are excited to share the news that the Distill team is off to start a new adventure! We are joining Yahoo. Prior to creating Distill, we were part of the original team behind the creation of Tapjoy, a mobile performance-based advertising platform that drove deep engagement and monetization opportunities for mobile app publishers. We?ll be drawing upon our expertise from the Tapjoy days to help build out Yahoo?s mobile advertising solutions.

As of today, we have stopped development of Distill Schedule and Distill Interview. You will still be able to schedule interviews through the end of February, and the Distill platform will remain available through March 30, 2014. If you have any questions, concerns, or data requests, please contact us at, or reach out to your account manager directly.

We want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone at the awesome companies we have been working with, as well as the candidates who have met their future employers through Distill. It?s been a fun ride for us, and we couldn?t have gotten this far without your help. Thank you!!

[Source: TechCrunch]