Goodbye JOBBOX, hello Landing.jobs! The main concept stays the same, but there have been some changes, and they landed a big investment recently. I chatted with their co-founder Pedro Carmo Oliveira to find out more.
What motivated the change from JOBBOX to Landing.jobs?
I get that question a lot actually.
A lot of people, especially friends and people amongst the startup community, got surprised when we decided to change the name. “You’re just crazy to change and move away from something that already has a community going” or “I kind of liked JOBBOX, it just sounded right.”.
Well, JOBBOX as a brand simply didn’t represent us or what we believe in. We’re not a box of jobs, that felt really restrictive as the business grew. Not to mention, we had a few issues with the visual identity, the name was easily mistaken with Dropbox during sales pitches with and people never wrote name properly at the first try: “jobbbox”, “jobox” and jobobox” were common mistakes.
After closing our €750K seed round we decided “better sooner than later” and enlisted With Company to help us move on. Landing.jobs was born and it’s been growing stronger every day. Our Head of Marketing, Matthew Carrozo, has been helping us cut through the noise to great effect from day 1, but he’s really firing things up now after the change. Our take on it is that recruitment – ugh, what an ugly work – is not only something we should remove the pain from. We should make it a pleasure.
And you’ve heard about the #LandingFestival right? A marina, a boat, drones, cosplay, we’re launching something into space. Man, jobs fairs will never be the same.
Are there new features being added to the site?
The velocity of our product team is really impressive. Tiago Moreiras, our Head of Product, has assembled a really ambitious product roadmap, and we’re not only improving our current offer, but doing a completely new 2.0 release in the background that we’ll be launching this summer.
At the macro-level, some features to look forward to: intelligent match-making between candidates and job openings; tech challenges and skill evaluation so job-seekers become more than just a CV; having panels of experts to assess candidates and applications for employers hiring outside their areas of expertise; allowing our community more power in the referrals and sales processes.
Although the considered nature of posting and applying for jobs is a very desktop-based activity, mobile will increasingly form a part of our future. Whilst the platform works fully on phones and tablets, we’ve got some awesome ideas for how to reimagine the entire experience for mobile.
What does the recent 750 000€ investment mean for you?
It means several things. On the one hand, it means we can build a team capable of taking Landing.jobs to the next level. On the other, it also entails more responsibility, since we’ve got a lot of eyes on us now, so there’s no time to be complacent or slow our pace. Ultimately, it’s allowing us to scale things faster. We often say that a month at work for us is the equivalent of three or more “in the real world”. Never a dull moment!
You’re opening an office in London. How important will this move be in terms of future potential?
It’s a very big move for us. I talked through this extensively on our blog here, but in a nutshell, London is the de facto tech hub of Europe, the revenue potential is many times higher than in Portugal, and we want to go where future investment opportunities lie.
Can you give us an update on the growth of the company since the last time we talked?
It’s definitely growing at an exponential rate, and we’re even surpassing some of the goals we set with our investors. It would actually be incredibly easy for us to scale the number of jobs and the number of users far faster than we are at the moment, but those are largely vanity metrics. The real focus for us is on applications and successful hires. What’s the point in having thousands of jobs and hundreds of thousands of users if we’re not successfully connecting the two together?
What’s the single mistake you learned the most from?
That hiring is hard.
I know we sell a tech hiring product and we present ourselves as hiring experts but, it really is difficult, even for ourselves sometimes. I think we have a truly world-class team coming together, but we’ve also made some bad decisions when it comes to hiring, but that’s something you learn along the way. Every person is different, and shifting contexts, requirements, timing all come into play. A big part of my time, and my management team’s time, is invested in hiring and onboarding new employees at Landing.jobs. It’s essential not only to sustain our growth, but to understand the pain points of our members.