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Inside Geektime: How a new app helped us recruit our latest tech reporter

Without sounding too promotional, Silo, a new app where users ask for and give quick favors, helped us do something that’s pretty hard: recruiting

How Silo works
Silo wants to be the network where folks will ask for things, similar to how Google is where individuals search and Facebook is where users share. Originally designed for people to do good by providing, easy “5-minute favors,” for those within their professional network, founders Moshik Raccah and Tal Moshayov quickly saw that people were largely using it for hiring requests, recommendations for products or services, and general business related questions. The name is pronounced “sylo” after the grain, a metaphor for how grains are stored most of the time and only used when you need them, similar to members of one’s professional network.

Based in Israel and Silicon Valley, Silo launched in private beta in June, 2014 after raising an undisclosed seed round from prominent Israeli angel investors Oren Zeev, Gigi Levy, Henit Vitos, iAngels, and Lior and Shai Delgo. It became available to the public in June of this year and folks can sign up for the platform on desktop and mobile by visiting their website.

How does it differ from LinkedIn or Quora?
Moshik Raccah explains to Geektime that both networks have what he calls a “dirty water effect: Your request gets lost in a sea of other things that are less important.”

Instead, “Silo will flow your question back up if it hasn’t gotten any answers.” Unlike Quora, where everyone’s answer to a question is shown in the order it was written, on Silo, “There are never any more than three pictures of people helping so that way others are encouraged to answer,” as shown below.

People answer in private conversations, which is again different from Quora. Take this “ask” from Moshik, which I can answer privately.

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