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Who We Are

Just like a sprocket in a machine, our hiring platform determines which applicants are the right fit for your business — whether they will succeed like your top performers, work harmoniously in their unique environments, and stay long-term — so you can focus on daily operations. We are so confident in our solution that we use it to hire and retain our own team members.

Sprockets Team Members


Core Values and Mission Statement

Our mission is to transform the traditional hiring process into an equitable one; we believe everyone deserves a fair chance. Sprockets’ AI-powered platform identifies the ideal applicants without the need for resumes or interviews, eliminating potential bias.

Commitment

Sprockstars don’t take transforming the hiring process into an equitable one lightly. We’re committed to you, our customers, team, and hourly employees alike.

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Grind

We’ve already tackled a pandemic, labor crisis, and transitioned completely remote, but our team consistently continues to persevere. #BringItOn

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Excellence

Our team strives to be known as leaders and innovators within the hiring tech industry. We challenge the process and product in our continuous pursuit of excellence.

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Balance

We pride ourselves on our emphasis on a healthy work-life balance. During business hours, our Sprockstars work hard and play hard — that’s no accident. #OwnIt

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Integrity

Integrity creates trust. It’s the constant choice to infuse every action with honesty, fairness, and respect for customers and colleagues alike.

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Winning

Our team strives to be known as leaders and innovators within the hiring tech industry. We challenge the process and product in our continuous pursuit of excellence.


Our Leadership Team

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AJ Richichi
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AJ Richichi

Co-Founder & CEO

Richichi’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Yahoo! Finance, International Business Times, and Vogue. After winning the New York State Business Plan Competition in 2015, Richichi was named as 40 under 40 recipient and “Technology Executive of the Year” in New York. 

Richichi is currently on the board of Charleston Open Source and founded the global human resources conference DisruptHR in Greenville. He also volunteers as a mentor at the College of Charleston “ImpactX Program” and the Citadel “Bulldog Business Bowl”.

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Pete Richichi

Co-Founder & CEO

Pete Richichi is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Sprockets, where he works closely with the CEO on overall business strategy and execution. He personally oversees the management of the company’s enterprise business and partner programs. Pete is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur. He grew his last business from a small regional distributor in the metro New York City area to a nationally recognized distributor of technology products with annual revenue of over a billion dollars. Pete brings an understanding of the value of personal relationships in business, the importance of a clear corporate vision, and the criticality of flawless execution. Pete lives in Folly Beach, SC, with his wife of 35 years. They have four grown children. In his spare time, he collects antiquarian books from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.

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Chadwick Troutman

CMO

Chad Troutman has made a career of moving tech companies to acquisition through marketing demand generation. After spending six years in the Boston area, Chad returned home to Charleston with the hopes of turning it into the Silicon Valley of the South. When not hustling for work, he can be found kayaking some creek in the Low Country or having a beer with his dog Bentley on the back porch.


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Griffin Shay

Director of Sales

Richichi’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Yahoo! Finance, International Business Times, and Vogue. After winning the New York State Business Plan Competition in 2015, Richichi was named as 40 under 40 recipient and “Technology Executive of the Year” in New York. 

Richichi is currently on the board of Charleston Open Source and founded the global human resources conference DisruptHR in Greenville. He also volunteers as a mentor at the College of Charleston “ImpactX Program” and the Citadel “Bulldog Business Bowl”.

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Zach Matook

Director of Marketing

Pete Richichi is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Sprockets, where he works closely with the CEO on overall business strategy and execution. He personally oversees the management of the company’s enterprise business and partner programs. Pete is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur. He grew his last business from a small regional distributor in the metro New York City area to a nationally recognized distributor of technology products with annual revenue of over a billion dollars. Pete brings an understanding of the value of personal relationships in business, the importance of a clear corporate vision, and the criticality of flawless execution. Pete lives in Folly Beach, SC, with his wife of 35 years. They have four grown children. In his spare time, he collects antiquarian books from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.

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Tyler Yoon

Director of Customer Success

Chad Troutman has made a career of moving tech companies to acquisition through marketing demand generation. After spending six years in the Boston area, Chad returned home to Charleston with the hopes of turning it into the Silicon Valley of the South. When not hustling for work, he can be found kayaking some creek in the Low Country or having a beer with his dog Bentley on the back porch.


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Chad Mealey

Co-Founder & COO

stPete Richichi is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Sprockets, where he works closely with the CEO on overall business strategy and execution. He personally oversees the management of the company’s enterprise business and partner programs. Pete is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur. He grew his last business from a small regional distributor in the metro New York City area to a nationally recognized distributor of technology products with annual revenue of over a billion dollars. Pete brings an understanding of the value of personal relationships in business, the importance of a clear corporate vision, and the criticality of flawless execution. Pete lives in Folly Beach, SC, with his wife of 35 years. They have four grown children. In his spare time, he collects antiquarian books from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.

Hear From Some of Our Sprockstars

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Our technology can make a difference and be a complete game changer.

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Griffin Shay
Director of Sales

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We really have a team that's competitive, yet supportive.

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Sami McClish
Key Account Manager

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I love how everyone is willing to help one another obtain their goals.

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Brianna Keitt
Sales Development Representative

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I love the genuine camaraderie displayed every day across the board.

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Will Hanahan
Sales Development Representative

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I love the electric energy each person brings to our team.

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Julie Quinn
Content Specialist

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Sprockets is the perfect storm of a company, whose leadership and employees alike are passionate and driven to succeed.

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Dave Wills
Sales Development Representative

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I love the friendships I’ve created, and the healthy work environment.

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Bria Morgan
Customer Success Representative

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I love the diversity of our team and the energy we create each day!

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Director of Marketing

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I feel like I'm a part of a team even when I'm working from home.

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Jaclyn Maziarz
Customer Success Representative

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I love the ability to socialize with all of my co-workers.

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Will Owen
Sales Development Representative

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The people that I’ve met here at Sprockets are amazing and so supportive of one another.

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Hale Alston
Sales Development Representative

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I love the transparency, innovativeness, and the vibe [of Sprockets] in general.

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Salonne Carter
Customer Success Representative

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Everyone is willing to help one another improve at their job.

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Mark Donohue
Sales Development Representative

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Whenever I meet a Sprockstar in person, I feel an immediate connection with them.

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Morgan Lee
Sales Development Representative

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We’re really transforming a broken hiring process.

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Matthew Kuraska
Digital Marketing Specialist

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Our Investors

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Forté Ventures is an institutional venture capital firm uniquely focused on collaborating and co-investing with Corporate Venture Capital groups. We believe that the right corporate strategic investors can act as a force multiplier for startups, and we work alongside our corporate partners to ensure the realization of those benefits.

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Healthy Ventures invests in infrastructural solutions that enable technologies to scale healthcare. These are often enterprise- and developer-facing products.

Broadly speaking, our investment criteria maps to the intersection among management, market size, and market readiness.

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Founded in 2009, Thayer Ventures has built the preeminent venture platform for travel and transportation entrepreneurs to leverage unequaled counsel from our experienced team, strategic LPs, industry-leading advisors and the entire Thayer portfolio ecosystem.

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Lytical Ventures is a New York City-based venture firm investing in Corporate Intelligence, comprising cybersecurity, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. Lytical’s professionals have decades of experience in direct investing generally and in Corporate Intelligence specifically.

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We are a select team of entrepreneurs and operators who are investing our time and money to help founders maximize their potential in building a successful company. After 10 years and over $90 million invested, we have created a vibrant ecosystem of founding teams and companies.

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VentureSouth is an early-stage venture firm that provides capital and expertise to Southeastern startups through our angel investment network and funds.

With over 400 members and a total of $60M+ deployed in over 90 companies, we are consistently rated one of the Top 10 early-stage investment organizations in North America.

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Established in 2006, SC Launch, Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation affiliated with SCRA, which provides loans and investments to selected South Carolina-based companies participating in the SC Launch Program.

Our Investors

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Founded in 2009, Thayer Ventures has built the preeminent venture platform for travel and transportation entrepreneurs to leverage unequaled counsel from our experienced team, strategic LPs, industry-leading advisors and the entire Thayer portfolio ecosystem.

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Predict applicant success with Sprockets. Our Applicant Matching System reveals what makes your best employees tick, empowering you to hire more people like your current top performers.

Hire the Best Workers Every Time

Predict applicant success with Sprockets. Our Applicant Matching System reveals what makes your best employees tick, empowering you to hire more people like your current top performers.