John Sumser

John Sumser

Co Founder at Master Class in HCM

San Francisco Bay Area
Staffing and Recruiting

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John Sumser's Overview

  • Co Founder at Master Class in HCM
  • Principal Analyst at HRxAnalysts
  • Editor: HRExaminer at Two Color Hat

500+ connections


John Sumser's Summary

As an independent industry analyst, I follow HR, Recruiting and HR Tech. I advise companies and sit on boards. I give talks.

John Sumser's Experience

Co Founder

Master Class in HCM

June 2014Present (4 months)

The HCM and HR Technology markets have very unique subcultures, buying cycles, technical priorities, and ecosystems. Understanding that context is the learning curve for the competent people who arrive without market understanding. With co-founders Jeanne Achille and William Tincup, we deliver the one-day indoctrination in HR Tech market realities and opportunities.

Principal Analyst


October 2010Present (4 years)

HRTech Industry Analyst, advisor to firms in the industry

- GlassDoor
- HRSocialEars
- PeopleMatter
- Work4Labs

Editor: HRExaminer

Two Color Hat

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry

January 2009Present (5 years 9 months)

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry

June 2006Present (8 years 4 months)


Public Company; 201-500 employees; SLRY; Computer Software industry

November 1999November 2010 (11 years 1 month)

Member of the Board of Directors of from its earliest days through the IPO and up to the ultimate sale of the company

Executive Editor

May 2007June 2008 (1 year 2 months)

Managed the ongoing content development and operations for, a pioneering online community for the Recruiting Industry. Delivered daily material and coordinated the efforts of the support team with Jobster (the parent company).

Senior Analyst


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Computer Software industry

September 2007December 2007 (4 months)

Assess software and the state of the Recruiting Industry in daily columns.

Founder and CEO


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Computer Software industry

January 1994September 2007 (13 years 9 months)

Board of Advisors


19982003 (5 years)

Executive Director

Point Foundation

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

19901993 (3 years)

Various Executive Slots


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Oil & Energy industry

January 1977May 1992 (15 years 5 months)

John Sumser's Skills & Expertise

  1. Content Development
  2. User Experience
  3. Web 2.0
  4. Market Research
  5. Information Technology
  6. HRIS
  7. HR Technology
  8. Thought Leadership
  9. New Architecture of Work
  10. Recruiting
  11. Data Driven Employment Branding
  12. Social Technology in HR
  13. Gamification
  14. Skills Shortage
  15. Regional Culture'
  16. Recruiting is Regional
  17. Market Positioning
  18. Competitive Landscape in HRTech
  19. Trends in HR
  20. Talent Acquisition
  21. SharePoint
  22. Talent Management
  23. Human Resources
  24. Applicant Tracking Systems
  25. Analytics
  26. Change Management
  27. Business Intelligence
  28. SaaS
  29. Employer Branding
  30. Trends
  31. Data Driven Testing
  32. Culture
  33. Positioning
  34. Strategy
  35. Leadership
  36. Executive Management
  37. Consulting
  38. Start-ups
  39. Temporary Placement
  40. Organizational Development
  41. CRM
  42. Management
  43. Strategic Partnerships
  44. Product Marketing
  45. Marketing
  46. Interviews
  47. College Recruiting
  48. Workforce Planning
  49. Vendor Management
  50. Internet Recruiting

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John Sumser's Education

Loyola College of Baltimore

Business Administration and Management, General


The Johns Hopkins University

Applied Behavioral Sciences (OD)


Activities and Societies: Director LA-ABS (Learning Assemblies in Applied Behavioral Science) a monthly lecture - workshop designed to explore group dynamics in educational settings.

Control Data Institute

Programming Cerificate, Computer Programming


Grade: 99/100

500 classroom hours in programming.

The Catholic University of America

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology


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