Ikiru People – A Brief Company History



The original FileFinder software was developed by David Dillistone, himself a retained search consultant. While it was initially created for in-house use, David soon realised that there was a market for it beyond his own firm, and so he created David Dillistone Systems.



By the late 1990s, David had retired and the business – now renamed as Dillistone Systems and independent of any ownership or management links to Search firms – was owned by Custom Business Systems. CBS invested heavily in the firm and, by the end of the decade, offices have been established on three continents.


Management buyout

In 2003, the current management team undertook a management buyout of the business. The dawn of the Internet meant that it became far easier to serve our clients internationally, and, as a result, Dillistone Systems grew rapidly.



In 2006, the group floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (DSG.L). We’ve been consistently profitable ever since.


Increased R&D

In 2008, a decision was taken to significantly increase R&D expenditure, and the development of the next generation of FileFinder began.


FileFinder 10

Millions of dollars of investment later, FileFinder 10 was launched in the first quarter of 2011.


FileFinder Anywhere

A unique cinema launch marks the debut of FileFinder Anywhere – the only Executive Search Software available anytime, anywhere via 4 access points – Desktop, Browser, Mobile and Outlook.


The first and only 100% web-based Executive Search app

Increased demand for Browser-based technology leads to the launch of FileFinder Anywhere Essentials – the first and only 100% web-based executive search tool to be developed by a mainstream supplier to the search sector.


The launch of GatedTalent – the platform connecting executive recruiters with senior-level executives globally

FileFinder Anywhere is the only Cloud Executive Search software that can transform your legacy data into a new executive talent pool while maintaining compliancy with the latest privacy policy requirements thanks to unique integration with GatedTalent.


Dillistone Systems becomes Ikiru People

Dillistone Systems announces that it joins several of the recruiting industry’s best-known suppliers – Voyager Software, ISV.Online and GatedTalent under one new brand – Ikiru People


The Launch of Talentis

Talentis is the next generation executive search software and sourcing platform. Its proprietary Talentis TalentGraph takes advantage of AI and big data technology to allow recruiters to track and engage with potential candidates across the web.FileFinder SaaS clients can benefit from Talentis free-of-charge for the duration of their contract.


1,600 firms, 70 countries

Today, Ikiru People is proud to work with over 1,600 firms (large and small) in nearly 70 countries, making it the largest dedicated supplier to the Executive Recruiting sector.

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