Our mission is to build the operating system for modern recruiting

We’re committed to building talent acquisition solutions that simplify workflows, automate tasks, and give you the data you need to optimize your outreach, understand your pipeline, and nurture relationships with top talent.


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Company values


We talk to customers to decide what to build and drive the most value.


Transparency by default, so everyone can make the best decisions.


We move fast, we're scrappy, and we take calculated risks to keep up with the transforming industry.


Diverse perspectives lead to better outcomes. We value it in both our culture and product.

The Gem Story

When co-founders Steve Bartel and Nick Bushak were working as engineering managers at Dropbox and Facebook, both companies were looking to rapidly hire and expand. But there wasn't an effective way to track passive talent relationships before talent was ready to apply... and the best people already had jobs. So, engineers, hiring managers, and recruiters built spreadsheets to keep track of the best of the best. These were their “Gems.”

Steve and Nick knew that managing and nurturing relationships with top talent was soon going to require more than a spreadsheet. It was going to require software—built specifically for recruiters—that could automate tasks, track touchpoints, show pipeline views, and offer analytics for forecasting hires. They recognized recruiting teams deserved more than the piecemeal tools they currently had. That recognition was where Gem was born.

Leadership Team

Steve Bartel

Co-Founder & CEO

Nick Bushak

Co-Founder & CTO

Richard Cho

Chief Recruiting Officer

Heather Dunn

Chief People Officer

Shella Neba

General Counsel

Susan Phan

Chief Financial Officer

Lesley Young

Chief Revenue Officer