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Google’s former HR boss is launching a jobs startup called Humu

It sounds HR-related.

Humu fish

Google’s former head of human relations is launching a startup that appears to be related to job satisfaction and work-life balance.

Laszlo Bock, who stepped down from his role as SVP of people operations at Google in the middle of 2016, announced on LinkedIn today that he’s starting a company called Humu with former Google director of engineering Wayne Crosby, who also disclosed his move on LinkedIn.

Crosby joined Google in 2007 with the acquisition of Zenter, which provided Google cloud product Docs with its PowerPoint presentation feature.

“Our mission is to make work better everywhere through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love,” Bock said in his post.

It’s not clear exactly what the company will do. Its website right now consists of an image of a humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish, also called a reef triggerfish or Picasso triggerfish, which is the state fish of Hawaii.

Humu could be a recruiting and job-finding service. After the 2016 presidential election, Bock created a job board specifically for staffers on the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Google itself is apparently working on solutions to manage job applicants and for job searching, which could compete with LinkedIn and Facebook.

Bock’s startup could also be an HR software or service company — something kind of like Zenefits. Or, given Crosby’s background with presentation tools, maybe Humu will make productivity software.

Bock and Crosby write in their posts that the company is hiring. Update: Bock declined to share more information about the company in an email to Recode.

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