Ryan Ozonian, founder and CEO, Mention Mobile, Los Angeles
We're a year-and-a-half-old mobile game developer startup funded by Mark Cuban, but we received $250,000 in funding, not $10 million, so we're always looking for ways to save money. We needed programmers, but they're hard to find and expensive--especially mobile development programmers. When you use a recruiter, you have to pay a $30,000 commission on a $100,000 salary.
I learned about my alma mater's new program, Trojans Hiring Trojans, named for our mascot, where University of Southern California alumni can post job opportunities for new graduates. USC also has a new master's program for game developers that is very well-respected, so I knew we could find good people there. By working through the school's alumni office, we found two excellent programmers and saved at least $60,000 in recruiter commissions.