About Us

Who are we and where did we come from?

Our Company

CATS Software started in 2005 after a handful of recruiters, dissatisfied with the current ATS market, put their heads together to make faster, smarter recruiting software. Since then, we’ve grown to serve over 1,800 companies in over 70 countries. We pride ourselves on our dedication to excellence, our exceptional customer service, and our highly customizable, intelligent product.

Our Story


Cognizo Recruiting and Placement Services is founded in Wayzata, MN, a staffing company specializing in “Finding Individuals Who are Smart and Get Things Done.”


Cognizo developers create the Cognizo Applicant Tracking System, or CATS.


CATS source code is released online as OpenCATS, quickly gaining traction as an open-source recruiting tool.


CATS is released as a paid SaaS product.

The CATS Browser Extension is launched.


The CATS office expands, moves to Edina, MN.

Streamlined resume parsing is introduced to CATS users as “Resume Inbox.”


CATS introduces Microsoft Outlook email and calendar integration.


CATS WordPress plugin is launched to create personalized career portals.

CATS 2.0 is released with a new look and faster computing speeds.


CATS moves to downtown Minneapolis.


The Milo Update is released, boasting a brand new design, mobile access, faster viewing, and reporting.

CATS introduces HR- and Recruiting-specific versions of its software.


LinkedIn job posting is added.

CATS launches External Search, allowing users to search multiple online resume databases.


Development begins on the Leo Update, features including custom dashboards, candidate preview, and Indeed resume search.


The Leo Update rolls out.

CATS introduces multi-factor authentication for added security.

CATS API v3 enters open beta, empowering users to build custom integrations.

CATS ranks in Capterra’s Top 20 Applicant Tracking Systems.

CATS ranks in GetApp’s Top 5 Application Tracking Systems.

Owler names CATS a “Hot Company in Minneapolis.”


CATS ranks in Trust Radius’ Top Recruiting Software.

Calendar customization is added.

Software Advice names CATS a “Master” in their annual FrontRunners for Applicant Tracking report.


New features include user groups, two-way calendar sync, and multiple workflows.

CATS ranks in Capterra’s Top 20 User-Friendly Applicant Tracking Systems.

CATS looks to the future. See what’s in store.

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