Google Ventures-backed talent engagement startup Sense raises $16 mn

The Bengaluru-based startup said it would use the funds for its technology centre and expand its data sciences, product and engineering teams.
Sense India, a startup, has raised $16 million in a funding round led by Avataar Ventures, with participation from existing investors Accel and Google Ventures.

The company, which specialises in artificial intelligence-driven talent engagement and communication, announced new members to its leadership team after the Series C round. Sanjay Dharmani, a former InMobi executive, joins Sense as Managing Director and Nishant Rao, founder of Avataar Venture Partners, joins the company’s board.

The Bengaluru-based startup said it would use the funds for its technology centre and expand its data sciences, product and engineering teams.

Sense--founded by Anil Dharni and Panjaj Jindal in 2015-- provides technology for talent acquisition. It enables personalised communication and automates manual tasks for recruiters. The company said in 2020 it doubled revenue and employee headcount, serving more than 400 customers across the globe including Amazon and Kelly Services.

“We see India as a highly strategic market for us. This global expansion allows us to tap into that rich talent market to grow our product and engineering team as well as a dedicated marketing and customer success team,” said Dharni.

“Based on my extended stint running LinkedIn in the region and thereby developing a great appreciation for HR tech, I’m really excited about the immense potential Sense holds,” said Rao.


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