Kareer.me Interview

The guys from Kareer.me show off their awesome product that helps job seekers and employers connect.

Transcript

Marcus
We’re here with the Kareer.me guys and who wants to talk?
Matt
I’ll take the reins.
Marcus
Matt. Okay. So tell us your name and the name of your company?
Matt
Hi, my name is Matt Wickstand and I’m the CEO and Founder of Kareer.me.
Marcus
All right. What is Kareer.me?
Matt
Kareer.me is a simple way for companies to create beautiful, engaging, employer branding pages.
Marcus
Okay.
Matt
And showcase their culture, their work space, their team, their benefits and of course job opportunities. So, what we’re trying to do is provide job seekers with all this additional context to really get an inside look and feel for what it’s like to work for the company.
Marcus
How did you guys come up with this idea?
Matt
So, based on talking to a lot of recruiters and a lot of job seekers, they really wanted to know, you know, all this great other information that’s out there about the company, so—for example, a student coming out of school is going to get bombarded with all these huge companies at big enterprise organizations but they’re not going to get exposed to the great startups and growing companies in their area. So what we are trying to do is expose them to these great companies and hopefully they join a small team and are able to grow with them.
Marcus
How many customers do you guys have so far?
Matt
In San Diego, which is where we are based, we just came out with a closed beta. We had about 15 companies in the closed beta and we have about 30 that are behind the scenes now building their profiles and they are about to launch them.
Marcus
Awesome. So if your company was a Super Hero, what would its super power be?
Matt
X-Ray vision.
Marcus
Oh, nice.
Matt
Right into the back side of the company; you could see the inner workings, yes.
Marcus
Nice. How large is Kareer.me?
Matt
In terms of employees?
Marcus
Yes.
Matt
You’re looking at about three-quarters of the team right now; we have our designer back in San Diego working on some design work, but you know, it’s four of us.
Marcus
Okay.
Matt
A couple of advisors, as well.
Marcus
Who would you consider your people, the people you are targeting that this makes sense for?
Matt
It makes sense for basically everyone at this conference. So, it’s the startups, primarily, is our target customer, but also all of the talent walking around here, so, designers, developers, marketers, anybody interested in startups is really our niche.
Marcus
Cool. What have you guys risked to start this company?
Matt
Oh boy. I’ve been not paying myself for about a year now.
Marcus
What?
Matt
Not paying myself for about a year now and these guys are working full time at other companies and committing a lot of their time, a lot of their work, you know, and a lot of their time in off hours on this project and my other co-founder, Gabe, has committed about 40 to 50 hours a week of his own time. Non-paid, for equity. Everybody’s in this for equity.
Marcus
Nice. You want to introduce the other folks here?
Matt
Sure. This is Chris Moore. He is our back end Developer and data guy, so he’s the guy doing all the big data stuff on our projects and a lot of the back end PHP work. And Justin Woodcock, who is our amazing front end Developer so all of the gorgeous stuff that you’ll see, interaction on the Home Page and all that stuff is really Justin’s forte.
Marcus
It really looks great. Can you tell us a little bit about your back end tech stack?
Chris
Well, we’re running in the Cloud on Amazon Sense Server, Mongo, MySQL, PHP 5.3 I think we’re at right now. That’s about the back end right there. Apache.
Marcus
Yeah.
Matt
It’s a lamp stack.
Chris
Yeah, a lamp stack, so----
Marcus
Do you guys have any particular testing methodology or development methodology you use?
Chris
You know, not really. We use CI, so we’re just using the framework as it is. I’d like to get into more TDD with the system but I write like small unit tests for data manipulation and stuff like that, but nothing really formal.
Marcus
Cool. Anything on the front end we ought to know about?
Justin
Sure. We’re running HTML5, CSS3, definitely leveraging any HTML5 that we can; using Modernizer for fallbacks and whatnot, you know, Java Script, J-Query, of course, comparison framework such as Angular and Ember right now and we’re leaning towards Angular, Google [laughing] not to sell products, but yeah, that’s where that’s at, pretty much.
Marcus
Awesome. Anything—any last comments our viewers should know about Kareer.me?
Matt
Yeah, if you have a small startup or company and you want to expose your culture and find your next developer, find your next designer, find your next marketing expert, join Kareer.me. Get your company up there and really we’ll help you, try to expose your company and get you more exposure.
Marcus
Great. Thank you very much.
Matt
Thank you!