Talent.io is one of the companies which join us for the upcoming Berlin Tech Job Fair! We’re so happy to have them again on our events so we encourage you to read the interview with them – you’re going to love it!
What’s the story behind the creation of your company? What inspired you to start your business?
talent.io was founded in March 2015, when Amit and Nicolas, two Stanford graduates that just sold their first startup to TripAdvisor, met by chance with Jonathan, a French entrepreneur and recruitment specialist who was at this time running a recruitment agency.
When scaling their former startup in the Valley, Amit and Nicolas needed tech talents, but realised a real lack of such candidates. Candidates were either unavailable, unresponsive, not looking for a job right now, or just not good enough. That’s how Nicolas and Amit unveiled a new problem, and a future business idea.
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Jonathan had noticed that “selective marketplaces” were gaining traction across the world and that Europe was missing a major player. He then started working by himself on adapting this concept to recruitment in Europe. One day, as he was talking to a VC friend of his, he learned about two SF entrepreneurs working on the same idea for Paris… and that’s how he met with Nicolas and Amit.
Having a “friends at first sight” type of experience, they joined forces after one Skype call. Jonathan being a tech recruitment specialist and having an amazing network in Paris, Amit becoming CTO, and Nicolas taking care of strategy and growth.
3 years later, talent.io has expanded to 6 cities in France, Berlin, Hamburg and London, and more than +3000 companies are now recruiting on the platform.
What’s your current view on the market you work in? What makes you feel like your brand stands out?
At the moment the market for tech recruitment is unbalanced – the demand for talent is greater than the pool of candidates. Meanwhile traditional avenues for recruitment, such as in-house sourcing, going through agencies, and trawling job boards are expensive, time-consuming, frustrating and not efficient at all.
In contrast, on talent.io we launch a tech professional’s profile when they are actively seeking work in their chosen market, and we speak to each candidate in person in the process of making them visible on the platform. Like this, responsive communication takes place between companies who are looking to hire and tech professionals who want to be contacted. It happens directly on the platform and the process is 100% transparent on both sides. Unlike traditional recruiting agencies, on talent.io, there’s no middle-man. Finally, the average time for a tech position to be filled over talent.io is 17 days. Industry standards are around 3 months. The fast turnaround is great for both candidates who are eager to find a new job, and companies who are looking for a new team member.
What’s the thing that you appreciate/value/cherish more about what you do as a brand?
It’s great to work towards such a positive impact. We make both being hired and hiring an easier, more stress-free process, for our developers and for our companies.
What’s your company culture like? What is that you want to represent? What is your team like? How do you work?
The way we work rests on our three company values: Take Ownership, Think Team, Make Impact. They encourage a flexible, collaborating and empowered approach to everything we encounter day-to-day, to focus on achieving the most effective results.
It has led to a very special company culture, which the founders have nurtured deliberately, to retain all that’s best of the working environment they initially created while at the same time accounting for talent.io‘s remarkably fast growth. The culture is 100% inclusive, helpful, and fun: across the company everyone works together well as colleagues and as friends. We’re encouraged and helped to take up, learn, move and improve what interests us.
What kind of people are you looking for? Who’s the best match for your team?
We’re a continually hiring organisation with a variety of open roles and keen to take the most proactive, motivated people into our team. Individuals interested in learning about the tech sector and excited to make an impact disrupting traditional recruitment are an excellent fit for us. Our careers page is up to date with all our open positions:https://careers.talent.io/ we’re are open to applications from people of all backgrounds, if you think something is for you, get in touch!
What benefits and perks do you offer your employees? What’s the biggest plus of working for you?
We offer a friendly, flexible and fast-paced environment, where there is a high level of autonomy and support to drive your projects within the company. That, alongside weekly fruit deliveries, German classes (or English, if you’re in the French office), lovely work-surroundings, and real value and recognition based on good work and good results.
What are your goals and plans for the future? What’s your biggest ambition?
We’re the fastest growing tech recruitment platform in Europe, already in 2018 we’ve doubled in size, established in three new locations, and everything is still ahead!
talent.io is expanding into new European countries and markets. The quality of our service is continually being streamlined as both the company and the platform develop, and we’re becoming able to strike out further and offer increasingly varied, specialist services to both the tech professionals and the companies who use talent.io.
Make sure you speak to talent.io on the fair – the tickets are still available! Book one right now and visit their company page, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin!