Former Monster and DirectEmployers VP Joins Powderkeg as CTO 

Digital tech community hires new CTO to support further development of culture-focused job search tool 

Rick Wehrle Former Monster and DirectEmployers VP Joins Powderkeg as CTO

To support further development of its community-powered job matching platform, Powderkeg, a digital community for tech companies, investors, and professionals, welcomes Rick Wehrle as Chief Technology Officer.

Wehrle brings more than two decades of experience in software engineering, web analytics, and product development to the role. Early in his career, he built the first job board on the internet, which became He went on to become the VP of Product Development at DirectEmployers, one of the largest employment networks in the world, and later founded mobile recruiting startup WorkHere, before transitioning into his new role at Powderkeg.

“Today’s top tech talent and job opportunities aren’t bound by geography. With the massive shifts in the workforce that we’ve seen over the past year, the demand for better job matching has never been higher,” said Matt Hunckler, CEO of Powderkeg. “Rick joins our team at a critical time not only for Powderkeg, but the industry as a whole. The software industry alone provides nearly 16 million jobs to the U.S. economy and is growing faster than the overall GDP. I’m confident Rick’s expertise and talent in the HR-tech space will help us make an even bigger impact with our product and connect many, many more people with jobs they love.”

Powderkeg’s resources include the Tech Culture Directory, a discovery tool that makes it easy to explore innovative tech companies and discover the attributes that make each company’s culture unique. Community-powered job matching tools also include Matches, a new product that helps candidates connect with job opportunities at startups while helping top tech employers plug into diverse pipelines of top talent. Powderkeg Matches uses data from its Culture Directory and cultivated network to pair prospective employees with companies based on culture preferences like location, core values, tech stack, and more.

Powderkeg Team - Former Monster and DirectEmployers VP Joins Powderkeg as CTO

“I’ve been a member of the Powderkeg community since the early days, so I’m super excited to join the team,” said Wehrle. “I’m ready and eager to help the team continue to build out the platform and grow the Unvalley tech community.”

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