Are you interested in becoming a founder or director of a boutique recruitment agency? Find out from Riff Member, Neil Matthams, how he grew his business to recruit for global talent at Canva, AirTasker and more!
1. How did your startup/business journey begin / what are you working on at the moment?
I am the Founder and Director of a boutique recruitment agency named Functionn. We specialise in recruiting and relocating technologists from across the world for some of APAC's leading tech companies. Since inception, 3 years ago, we are fortunate enough to have recruited global talent for businesses such as Canva, AirTasker, Grab and Credit Suisse. To date, we have secured positions for 83 candidates including 29 relocations from 21 different countries.
Like most new businesses, Functionn was formed as a way of scratching my own itch. After being in the recruitment industry for 11 years I'd come to the conclusion that the most effective way for an agency to add real value was by doing two things:
- Operating in markets (disciplines and geographical) where demand for talent far outstripped supply.
- Sourcing unique candidates that were beyond the reach of their own client's direct recruiting strategies.
With these principles in mind, we built a business model based on headhunting passive overseas technologists for the APAC startup community.
2. What do you love about being a part of the Spacecubed community?
The best thing about the Spacecubed community is that you're surrounded by likeminded people who are in the same boat as you. There is, therefore, a natural synergy that connects everyone and makes for a productive working environment where everyone is willing to help each other. In my 2 years here, for example, I have connected with members who I have engaged for web hosting, graphic design, and web development.
3. Can you share with us one of your favourite success stories?
Two of the key ways I measure our success is by asking; How much is our service helping our partners grow and how much of a positive impact are we having on our candidate's lives. A good example of this is a Brazilian candidate who we headhunted for a software engineering position in Sydney earlier in the year. Juliana wasn't even considering moving jobs when we approached her, let alone one that would require relocation to the other side of the world. Nonetheless, she decided to give it a go and 3 months later was touching down in Sydney. To help guide someone through such a life-changing process is awesome and by far the most satisfying part of what we do.
If you are searching for exceptional tech talent for your company please visit Functionn.io or reach out to Neil directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
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