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When it comes to diversity, referrals get a pretty bad rep. It’s easy to see why. Birds of a feather do flock together. Your employees will probably refer people who are similar to them. Before you know it, you have a diversity problem. So you like referrals, but you also like diversity. Are you being forced to choose between your favorite children? Maybe not. Tons of companies are exploring ways that referral programs can improve diversity. Seattle-based company Glowforge had an all-male software engineering team. They introduced a new external referral program. Nine months later, that same team was 50 percent female. This wasn’t just some fluke. According to Lightspeed Ventures, referral programs are one of the top, low-cost methods to[…]

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Lola Travel: At a glance Lola travel is a trip planning iPhone app that provides users with a virtual travel assistant. In just six months, Lola used the Drafted referral network to: Hire 10 employees in under 6 months, including: 4 Software Engineers 4 Travel Consultants 1 Product Manager 1 Technical Recruiter Save $70,000 Reduce hiring time by 50% Lola’s hiring story Lola Travel is on the rise. Founded by former Kayak CTO, Paul English, Lola is revolutionizing the $150B offline travel industry. Lola makes it easy to plan trips using a handy mobile app with a direct line to travel experts. App users communicate with virtual travel assistants who can book every part of your trip: Hotels, flights, events… you name[…]