Poolside – A staffing platform for restaurants to source and hire talent

Poolside – A staffing platform for restaurants to source and hire talent


Name: Poolside

Legal: Poolside, Inc 

Location: Chicago, IL

Founded: 2018

Founder(s): Maureen Burns and Rachel Brandenberger

Website: www.poolside.co 

Social Media Following: 67 Followers on Instagram, 141 Followers on Facebook,  723 Followers on Twitter, 59 Followers on LinkedIn

Industry – US Staffing Solutions Market

Size: $148.1B in 2018 (Source: Statista

Projection: $157.8B by 2020 (Source: Statista)


Poolside helps restaurants find the right fit for their establishment. Its proprietary staffing platform helps restaurants attract and retain talent by building a connection between them and the talent they hire based on time availability, motivations, goals, and most importantly skills. In addition, it also provides restaurants a continuous pipeline of talent through its in-built marketplace.

The Product

Poolside is bridging the gap in the staffing solutions space specifically for restaurateurs and talent. It helps find the right fit for both parties through efficient staff scheduling to meet workflow requirements and the feasibility for employees. The platform helps the restaurants create job-postings based on best practices such as writing effective job posts and descriptions, explaining work culture, and other details. They match the job posting with prospective hires based on their individual goals, priorities, and availability. Poolside also offers a scheduling platform that understands the restaurant’s work requirements and the talent availability to promote smooth scheduling and mutual understanding of each other’s needs.

Origin and Founding Team

Poolside is co-founded by Maureen Burns and Rachel Brandenburger, who were former colleagues at Doblin, a design firm owned by Deloitte.

Maureen Burns is the CEO at Poolside, while Rachel Brandenburger serves as the VP of Product and Design at the company. 

Performance and Trends

Co-founder, Maureen Burns was one of the 10 women selected to participate in 1871’s WiSTEM 2018 Fall Class – a 12-week program that provides support to startup founders in the form of mentorship, introductions to investors, curated programming, and workshops.

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