Patreon, a platform that links artists, designers and other creators with paying followers, acquired the technology recruiting firm Clear Talent. The company intends to rapidly expand its talent acquisition efforts and build a “best-in-class” engineering, product and design team.

Clear Talent will bring nearly 40 technical recruiters, sourcers and HR professionals to Patreon, the company said. Clear Talent CEO Rockman Ha will join the company as head of talent acquisition. Chief People Officer Tiffany Stevenson told Reuters that Clear Talent’s employees will quadruple the size of Patreon’s current recruiting team.

Patreon said the acquisition is “a critical investment” as it continues to develops itself as a platform that helps creators build their businesses and connect with their audience.

“Clear Talent brings an impressive track record of recruiting top technical talent along with strong alignment with Patreon’s core company values,” said Stevenson.

The acquisition is the latest development for Patreon after a year of growth and investment in its platform. In April, the company announced that it had raised a Series F financing round of $155 million, bringing its total valuation to $4 billion. On the product side, the company launched support for a series of new languages and currencies, along with updates to creators’ income dashboards.

Founded in 2013, the company pioneered development the “creator economy,” allowing videographers, podcasters and other creative types to earn money directly from their audiences.

In the months ahead, Patreon plans to expand its platform’s capabilities on desktop and mobile devices, increase international offerings and create new content consumption tools.

As creators harness a range of new apps to bring in money, Patreon is transforming itself into a platform that helps users manage their business in single place, Julian Gutman, the company’s chief product officer, told Reuters. “We’re in a growth phase,” he said. “We need to build a much bigger team than we have right now, he said.”

Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer is executive editor of RecruitingDaily and the HCM Technology Report. He’s written for TechTarget, HR Magazine, SHRM, Dice Insights, and TalentCulture, as well as Dow Jones, Bloomberg and Staffing Industry Analysts. He likes schnauzers, sailing and Kentucky-distilled beverages.


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