TYBA started out in 2011, when its founders, Jorge Schnura, Eiso Kant and Philip von Have, all graduates of IE University’s Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) class of 2013 saw the opportunity to create a platform that, in contrast to traditional CVs and job sites, also included the personal skills of candidates. They saw how such a platform had the potential to solve the difficulties faced by technology companies and startups in finding suitable candidates for their projects.
The portal looks more like a dating site than a job site: there are filters, recommendation systems and other tools that can be used to determine the compatibility of companies and workers. Candidates feel that companies are actively searching for them and want to employ them, and can find companies that not only meet their expectations, but about which they feel passionate.
The project, which has more than 500 clients in Europe, including names such as BlaBlaCar and DropBox, and employs 28 people in 16 countries, was consolidated in 2014 with the completion of a venture round attracting USD $3.1 million led by the Arab fund Impulse International and the Danish fund Sunstone Capital.
How did you come to decide on TYBA’s focus on startup jobs? Would the model work for jobs in other types of companies?
Jorge Schnura: There is no European platform covering the job market for startup and Internet businesses. These companies are often not very well known, making it harder for candidates to find jobs at them. The model would work for any type of business, but if we had consultants, banks and the other usual suspects, we wouldn’t stand out from the competition.
What type of people sign up for TYBA to look for jobs? What are the main professional profiles?
J.S.: People who are keen to find a job that provides more than just a salary, a job that is fulfilling both personally and professionally. Being part of the startup culture is extremely special, which is why we have tried to complement the profiles of the companies on TYBA with video interviews with their staff and photographs of their offices. The companies are looking for candidates that want to contribute to changing the world through their ideas, energy and initiative.
In terms of the profiles of candidates, no one profile prevails but the most common jobs are for programmers, marketing, business development, sales, business intelligence…
Which skills do the companies on TYBA value most among candidates?
J.S.: They place a lot of emphasis on the ability to deliver, innovation, motivation and an analytic mentality. That said, each startup has its own DNA and its own way of doing business, so it can vary a lot between companies.
Following the success of the recent venture round, what are your next goals? Are you planning to diversify the product or further expansion?
J.S.: Our goals are to consolidate our presence in the European market and expand into other interesting markets. In terms of our product, we’re always trying out new things to find new ways of providing added value to the candidate and the company.
As well as being a good idea, what are the key factors in terms of organization and execution when it comes to ensuring the success of a startup project like yours?
J.S.: The key is to maintain a lean methodology with a focus on the quick execution of the plan and be pragmatic. Insofar as possible, decisions should always be backed by numbers.