Developing a new way for developers to get hired – what a concept. That’s the idea of Geeklist of San Francisco, California. The website says it all, “Geekli.st is an achievement-based social portfolio builder where all bad-*** (we’re a family-sensitive blog, ed.) code monkeys around the globe can communicate, brag, build their street cred and get found. The Next Web calls the company’s service “the next generation resume’” and it is obvious why. With some simple steps, you set up “cards” of your achievements from previous companies. People will look at your card and can give you “high-fives” (which is a “^5” if you are a tech Luddite as is your editor, ed.) if they are impressed. TNW also says it is much more fun and interactive than LinkedIn, and several sub-communities have evolved, including Rail Girls of Paris, France.
Christian Sanz, co-founder and CTO, says “We started Geeklist about a year ago. It was borne out of a dream I had a long time ago to unite all Geeks and build better ways to connect them with great companies.” Co-Founder and CEO Reuben Katz adds, “I help Christian spread the gospel of Geeklist around the world.” Both co-founders have families and it has been rough at times. Says Christian, “It’s been tough maintaining weekends and nights coding…the fact I don’t have a lot of time to spend with them has been the biggest [hurdle].” Reuben’s family is in San Diego while he is in San Francisco launching the company, but “fortunately, I have an understanding wife,” he says. Reuben also had to understand developers and their world. “My background wasn’t necessarily specifically focused on developers so I’ve had to spend a lot of…extra time…learning about the industry.” Funding also had been the usual startup challenge. They’ve reached deep into their own pockets and pockets of friends to get this far. However, they have found some solid investors to lead their current A-found search and are hopeful of closing.
Twitter has been a phenomenal resource for launching the company’s first product round, and Facebook is next on their radar. The pair also credits RocketSpace, a co-working space in San Francisco, for being very useful in networking to help break into the SF “circle” of funding. But the big resource has been the very community they created. “They’re very passionate about [Geeklist] and that’s helped us expand internationally into cities like Berlin (and Paris, Glasgow and Santiago)”, Reuben states. And these Co-Founders are just as passionate, as Christian explains, “People love our products…the big abyss is making sure that we continue…building things our developers love”. All for you, developers around the globe.
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