Taking YesGraph in a New Direction

[Edit: since publishing this, we’ve Launched our new growth focused API. Check it out here!]

We’ve decided to take YesGraph in a new product direction. In this post I’ll cover what is changing, why it is changing, and say a little bit about what is coming down the road. If you want to jump ahead in line, go ahead and subscribe here to get updates about what is coming next.

We found that there were two kinds of users in YesGraph. Those that failed to onboard their team didn’t get their team’s referrals. Those that did, had a much higher volume of quality referrals. Unfortunately not enough people got that deep into the product.

So what went wrong? The core issue is that we asked teams to change the way they behaved, which is a challenge for product adoption. Recruiters want to fastidiously run their process without pushing out too much work to individual team members. This causes friction when trying to get the whole team more involved.

If we could keep access open and also build something new, we would. But we can’t risk our new direction with divided resources. In addition, it wouldn’t be fair to not support our current users with bug fixes and new features. So we’re going to allow 30 days from today for people to get their data out of YesGraph, and then access will be removed. We’ve removed any subscription paywalls, so everyone should be able to sign in to get access to all their data.

The best way to extract data from YesGraph is through the CSV export on each job page:


What’s coming next

We’re hard at working building a new service, but it isn’t about recruiting. It is a definitive continuation of our mission to connect people and companies with social data. If you want to learn more, subscribe to our mailing list here. 

We’re building something to help companies with growth. This is something I’ve been obsessed with over the last few years, so applying everything we’ve learned about social graph analysis to help other companies is really exciting. I’ll send out an update exclusively to that list within a few days. You’ll also find updates on AngelList here.

We hope to make this transition as easy as possible. Thanks for your feedback and help in building this together. We hope you’ll stick around to see what is coming next.


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  • http://HRTechAdvisor.com Ward Christman

    Best wishes on your new endeavors Ivan! Your efforts in the referral space were valiant – it is a tough space to get adoption, regardless of how great the product is – and yours was pretty darn great.

    • https://www.yesgraph.com/at/ik Ivan Kirigin


  • http://www.tonywright.com/ Tony Wright

    Love the clarity and honesty and (as a guy who has worked in recruiting software for a few years), totally agree with what you guys concluded. Look forward to seeing what’s next!

    • https://www.yesgraph.com/at/ik Ivan Kirigin

      Thanks Tony! I think someone can do it right, but the new direction is really exciting.

  • http://www.twitter.com/marmarlade Marie Steinthaler

    Hey Ivan – looking forward to your new direction. As one of the people who struggled to onboard everyone in the team, I can relate, and agree with your conclusion… though I was just working up to giving the onboarding another go! So again, I look forward to seeing what you come up next, and hope it’ll be just as slick as YesGraph to date. Thanks for the clarity & openness! Marie

  • http://gregbattle.com/ gbattle

    I’ll be waiting and watching Ivan. Intrigued that this new direction taps more directly into your passions. #killit

    • https://www.yesgraph.com/at/ik Ivan Kirigin

      Thanks Greg!

  • angelomilan

    This is going to be great!

  • James

    Hi Ivan,
    How different is the new direction of Yesgraph i.e. helping companies grow through identifying potential buyers using social data, different from what FB or linkein already do i.e allow companies to target their ads to audiences with common interests?