The New Way of Finding Work: Venturocket


I finally got my camera memory card back! I discovered several startups I’m very excited to tell you about, but let’s take this one at a time. First up: Venturocket.

Doesn’t their webpage look cool?!

First of all, these guys had a great, eye-catching display with an actual rocket (get launched into a new career anyone? Corny, I know, but I really wanted to type that!) Secondly, they came up with a very intelligent, practical way of helping recruiters and job-seekers connect.

Told you their display was cool ;D

These guys are no LinkedIn (not that they have anything against LinkedIn or any other tool–heck, they’d probably be interested in partnering!) Like a true startup, Venturocket innovates on several points:

  1. They get rid of résumé padding. All you see is the skills themselves, without all the nonsense to distract you.
  2. There’s no trivial features. No paying extra to put your résumé at the top of the list–which I honestly do not think does much good since recruiters aren’t going to keep you if you’re not what they need anyway. (Oh, and it just might make you seem a little desperate.)
  3. You only pay if you found what you needed. Job-seekers don’t pay to put a résumé up. Employers don’t pay to post a job. No one pays to look through profiles or ads. You only pay if you find someone. Have I mentioned this enough?
  4. Venturocket promotes honesty. Both the recruiter AND the job-seeker pay if there is a match (and they pay the same amount.) Would you pay to connect with an employer who wanted to meet you because of misleading information? On the flip side, I don’t think an employer would pay to meet someone who didn’t meet their criteria either, so I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say you’re getting an interview.
  5. The price is literally based on skills and demand. Candidates “bid” money on their skills (the amount goes up with the level of proficiency in each skill) and the employer only pays for the skills s/he is interested in.

I thought this seemed like a very intelligent, practical way of connecting people. But what do you think? Does it make sense to you? Would you use it?

Go on their website and try it out if you didn’t understand some of the things I mentioned (and make sure you come back to tell us about it!) Or you can always post questions here too =]

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Have You Been Delivering Happiness?


Just because I can’t use my camera doesn’t mean I can’t keep sharing cool stuff with you =]

Today’s pick: Delivering Happiness. I was researching the judges from last week’s Launch conference and got to Tony Hsieh, and boy is this guy awesome! He wrote a book called Delivering Happinesswhich became a full-blown movement dedicated to spreading happiness. See why I’m wild about it?

Picture taken from Nuno Barreto's blog (click for link)

It’s all about sharing the good stuff and making people happy! How do they do that? By inspiring people to do good =] to help each other, to plan events all about making people happy, and by spreading the word!

How can you get involved? Go right here.

And don’t forget to add their button to your website! 

I’m Returning to the Bay!


Check out where I'll be March 7-8!

It’s official! I’ll arrive at SFO Monday March 5th at 4:30 =] and leave to head back to France Sunday March 11th just a few minutes before midnight.

Since my bosses will most likely want to do some sighseeing in SF during the weekend, I think we’ll be in San Jose Monday and Tuesday, then head to San Francisco for the Launch Conference on Wednesday and stay at the Hyatt (Lin, you’re awesome =] ) in SF until Sunday.

I’ll come down to SJ to see people as often as I can though!

I’m coming home baby! Can’t wait to see everyone =]

So… anyone want to come get me at the airport? O=]