The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is the market’s most comprehensive product of people you should know in the business community. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community. The 500 is selected by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom.

Neal Bloom

Talent Acquisition Evangelist, Hired Inc.

Neal Bloom, who graduated with an engineering degree at the height of the 2008 recession, went to work on NASA’s Space Shuttle program while its astronauts were building the International Space Station. From that experience, Bloom co-founded Portfolium to help new grads promote themselves, launched to attract tech talent to the San Diego region and launched a venture capital podcast and newsletter to continue to bring venture capital and businesses to San Diego, elevating the community as a top 10 tech and startup hub.

ALMA MATER: University of California, San Diego (undergraduate), Pepperdine University (MBA)

HOBBY: Traveling internationally, preferably third world.

FUN FACT: Previously an aerospace engineer, Bloom helped launch over 80 astronauts through the end of the Space Shuttle program. And, he’s been to Antarctica.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Give before you get.”