Netherlands-based Randstad NV has acquired Boston, Massachusetts-based generative AI (GenAI)-powered talent marketplace Torc, according to a press release from the former. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 2021, Torc describes itself as “a specialized network where nearshore remote developers working on the most advanced, cloud-native technologies can find great work and help one another advance their careers … [it] uses intelligent processes to identify, match and manage talent and empower customers to measure success based on productivity metrics.”

Randstad CEO Sander van’ t Noordende said: “The Torc acquisition strengthens Randstad’s partner for talent strategy in our Digital specialization. Digital transformation needs access to specialized talent at scale and speed globally. Torc, with its enterprise-grade AI-powered talent marketplace, will redefine the talent experience and speed of delivery and strengthen Randstad Digital’s capabilities in enabling our client’s digital transformation.”

Randsand Digital CEO Venu Lambu added: “As enterprises redefine the digital business model, the demand for specialized skills in AI, Cloud, Data, and CX, continues to increase. The acquisition of Torc is a direct response to this evolution and client needs. It expands our access to a diverse range of talent skill sets and a robust developer community from assessment to productivity. We are extremely excited to welcome an industry thought leader in open talent platforms, Michael Morris, Torc CEO and co-founder, and his team to Randstad Digital.”

In a December 2023 press release, Torc said its community had exceeded 20,000, with an average join rate of two developers per hour and Latin America emerging as a major source of growth.

“These two objectives — LATAM expansion and AI advancement — run parallel and fuel Torc’s roadmap for growth as a global talent network. The ability to quickly and accurately find coveted pockets of superior remote talent, as well as high-demand jobs to offer them, improve enterprise software development by optimizing time and performance,” Torc co-founder and CTO Dave Messinger commented at the time.

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