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Would a startup founder pitching online his/her job offers make sense besides posting an ad?

I am thinking about one hour periodic online sessions using video where technical founders would present their tech job offers and would answer "live" to the questions of potential employees (who could stay anonymous)

Several founders from different startups would pitch in parallel and potential employees could move easily from one pitch to another one, and ask questions.

My assumptions are that (1) a tech founder could more easily attract some engineers who would then enter the recruiting process, and that (2) it would be more exciting for engineers to discover job offers this way than reading a job board.

As this type of online recruiting service does not seem to exist, I wonder whether someone tried and it failed, or whether it has no chance for a reason that I do not see.

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Richard Giraud
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Richard Giraud Entrepreneur
Lead Developer at BubbleUP
That's a brilliant idea!

It seems that too many companies are stuck in the '1 position, many applicants' model. Rarer talent is often in the opposite situation but the process for evaluating multiple opportunities is expensive; going from an email through the interview can take 2 days of time, which is expensive when billing by the hour.

Something like this would be very useful for helping find good fits for the rare talent and rare positions.
Daniel Morden
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Daniel Morden Entrepreneur
VP of Business Development at Arenella Technologies
I agree. You are facing a buyers market in tech talent and one of the first things I would want to know as a potential employee is "do I want to work for this CTO?" Pass that test, and if they like the idea I think you could find good candidates. It also gives you a chance to "interview" multiple candidates at the same time for fit.
James Bailey
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James Bailey Entrepreneur • Advisor
Owner at My Designs 6113 Global Connection
I think anything moving in the direction of livestream video will become the main stay. Especially for Millennials who are doing everything from their mobile device. I know I would like to use video to recruit. It's the closest thing to face to face....just sayin'
Steve Robinson
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Steve Robinson Entrepreneur
Founder of Brilliant Metrics, Iterative Marketing Evangelist | Helping Clients Measure, Optimize and Automate Marketing
I think it's a brilliant idea as well and would be eager to use it.
Greg Buechler
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Greg Buechler Advisor
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Christian - This is a very intriguing idea and warrants additional vetting. I think you are suggesting:

Instead of static job postings, the concept is live presentations (like a TED talk) by the company, then Q&A, all with the ultimate goal of generating interest in the company as an employer.




Christian Baudry
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Christian Baudry Entrepreneur
FruitfulTalks.com founder - Virtual Informational Interviews
Richard Giraud,Daniel Morden,James Bailey,Steve Robinson

Thanks for the positive comments

and:Greg Buechleryes. It would be something like that.

It definitely needs some vetting, interviews of CTOs to see their concerns. I have a prototype so I can do online demos and get their feedback.

Paul Garcia
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Paul Garcia Advisor
President at TABLE
There are some tech savvy companies already doing something very much like this. One in particular acts as an agency and recruits tech workers to place at other firms. They use a combination of recorded video presentations and live video sessions with prospects. It's not a big stretch from how people with virtual offices are already working together. The usefulness of a system like you propose and others are using really depends on the problem that needs solving.
Andy Terrel
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Andy Terrel Entrepreneur • Advisor
Fashion Metric CTO , NumFOCUS President
Seems similar to Hired.com and HackerX events. I do like both better than traditional recruiters.
Christian Baudry
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Christian Baudry Entrepreneur
FruitfulTalks.com founder - Virtual Informational Interviews
Andy TerrelThanks for pointing at Hired.com and HackerX events.

My project is similar because in both cases they try to have a personal contact early in the recruiting process instead of having it at the very end. There are a lot of positive comments for HackerX on QUORA.

My project is different because it would be entirely online with ten to fifteen technical co-founders pitchingin paralleltheir company and their job offers and then interacting with engineers during a one-hour session after work hours.

So each tech co-founder would start with an 8 to 10-minute inspiring "TED Talk" about their startup and then interact with engineers.
Christian Baudry
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Christian Baudry Entrepreneur
FruitfulTalks.com founder - Virtual Informational Interviews
Greg Buechlercame up with what I think is a great idea.

As it is always difficult to start a service where there are two sides having complementary needs, his suggestion is to target startups that just received a Series A or B round and that need to muscle all their organization: engineering, bizdev, marketing...

I suppose that it would help motivate qualified candidates to attend the online event.


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