Machine learning powered automated job offer negotiator

Stephanie Young

CEO & co-founder

David Lax


People are alone when it comes to their careers. Smart and talented Stanford graduates are wracked with anxiety about negotiating their first job. Imagine what’s happening to the rest of the country?

Every year 5M college graduates and 41M people changing jobs are faced with the dilemma of negotiating their job offers. Staffing firm Robert Half estimates nearly two-thirds of workers failed to negotiate their salary during their last job offer. Glassdoor estimates that the average American worker leaves $7500 on the table by failing to negotiate.

This means every year Americans suffered $188B in forgone compensation by failing to negotiate.

This is disproportionately true for women. Research shows that women are less likely to engage in negotiations and when they do are less likely to be successful. In a Carnegie Mellon study the compensation of male participants exceeded that of females by nearly 8%. Only 7% of women chose to negotiate after receiving their initial offer while 57% of male participants chose to negotiate.

Riva is a machine learning powered automated negotiator designed to help. We combine the expertise of a team of negotiations professors from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon with machine learning to build a product that automates the negotiations process. A customer uploads his / her offer letter & email correspondence with their recruiter / HR. We aggregate data, generate attributes, and use machine learning to generate a series of emails and phone scripts to respond to their recruiter / HR.

Riva is partnering with schools such as Stanford, engineering communities such as San Francisco Engineering Leadership Community (1700+ group of engineering managers), and professionals organizations such as American Association of Colleges of Nursing (represents 810 nursing programs) to provide our service to students and young professionals across the country.

Stephanie Young has four degrees from Stanford University including an MBA and a graduate degree in computer science. She has a wealth of experience launching great products including Google’s AdWords Express’ first mobile app. David Lax is a former professor at Harvard Business School. He’s advised numerous companies such as Shell and Novartis. He’s also written several negotiations books and co-founded several negotiations programs at Harvard.

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