Mingle acquires Affinity Circles

Mingle, a career-focused software and services company and parent company of Climber.com, has acquired Affinity Circles, an affinity group-focused recruiting network based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Climber.com provides professionals hands-on, proactive career management and access to hundreds of thousands of recruiters. The transaction was completed on November 18, and is a merger deal with Climber.com buying shares of existing shareholders. Affinity Circles will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Mingle LLC.

“Adding Affinity Circles to the Climber.com network allows us to reach millions of talented professionals looking for career opportunities in the high-paying category,” said Michael C. O’Brien, CEO of Mingle LLC. “Our recruiters and clients will now be able to target potential hires by campus, location, specialty and other affinity groups to reach a highly desirable group of job seekers.”

Affinity Circles began in 2002 as a way for Stanford University students to stay in touch with their friends and colleagues. What quickly developed was the Web’s first private and completely secure online social network.

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