It’s a new dawn for Moonlighting.com.
The gig platform founded in 2014 and based in Charlottesville, Virginia has been acquired by Arlington, Virginia and Palo Alto-based CareerGig, also a platform that matches freelancers with employers.
The companies will combine business operations within the next few months under the name CareerGig, so it’s probably safe to assume the Moonlighting brand will die a slow death. Moonlighting cofounder and now fomer CEO Jeff Tennery – who’s been interviewed on this podcast, by the way (check the archives at chadcheese.com) – will join CareerGig as Chief Business Development Officer, and will lead efforts to grow B2B sales and partnerships.
In a release, Tennery said, “CareerGig is the ideal partner for Moonlighting to take this next step in supporting freelancers around the world. Their team shares our same passion and vision to deliver the best marketplace platform for the gig economy.” CareerGig’s CEO and Co-Founder Greg Kihlstrom added, “The combined technologies of both CareerGig and Moonlighting will further enhance our capabilities to offer enhanced sourcing, matching, hiring, and retention to companies looking to hire contractors and freelancers.”
Both companies are also really into blockchain, and you may even remember when Moonlighting toyed around with the idea of having their own cryptocurrency. Founded in just July 2020, CareerGig has raised only an undisclosed seed round, according to Crunchbase, while Moonlighting had raised $8.8 million dollars since it’s founding. And if you think a start-up barely out of diapers making such an acquisition is a bot odd, well, you’re not alone.