The first employee to take the stage for Zenefits was sending a message to the almost-1,000 people in the audience at the company’s first user conference at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel. Bud Bowlin, a Zenefits senior benefits advisor and “older millennial” (he’s easily north of 50), sent the message that there’s clear benefits experience at the company. One of the first things he said was also a clear message: “We have a CEO who believes that doing the right thing is the only way to do business.”
The hot 2016 market for acquisitions continued this week with the announcement of Randstad’s acquisition of Monster. While not “Microsoft-LinkedIn big,” the acquisition was still noteworthy because of what it says about the direction of HR technology and the talent acquisition category.
Microsoft announcing its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn on Monday made for great headlines. Unfortunately, those headlines were mostly focused on the wrong things.