Co-Founders of CloserIQ Match Up to Help Startups Find Sales Talent

The job market for startups is viciously competitive, and early-stage companies are doing everything they can to recruit (and retain) top talent. Ping-pong tables, mandatory vacation, beer on tap and other perks have been on the rise to help compensate for the lack of funds available to match potential salaries from giant tech companies. Most startup founders and hiring directors would agree that the company mission and culture are the two biggest driving factors that recruit talented employees, more so than yoga classes or catered lunch. There are so many great companies pursuing a valuable mission, yet the job market is so massive that many companies struggle finding the ideal combination of talent and fit. Several startups have focused on addressing this problem, and NYC-based CloserIQ is one of them. We asked Jordan to talk about his experience in building his team.

Jordan Wan, Co-founder and CEO, spoke to several potential candidates on CoFoundersLab before meeting Dan Zhou, Co-founder and CTO. Jordan explained that “the profiles made it easy to find the person I was looking for.” After matching up, Jordan and Dan agreed to focus in on the hiring dilemma faced by startups, with a unique emphasis on sales jobs (because no matter how great your product is, you need people to sell it). Here is Jordan’s pitch for CloserIQ:

CloserIQ is a recruiting platform for startups to meet sales talent. We provide informative candidate profiles with audio introductions and previous sales experience to help startups skip bad phone screens.
Jordan Wan, Co-founder and CEO

Jordan Wan, Co-founder and CEO

Dan Zhou, Co-founder and CTO

Dan Zhou, Co-founder and CTO

Since their official launch in April of 2014, Jordan and Dan have led the CloserIQ team (now at 6 people) in gaining traction from some big clients including Justworks, Trello and Trustpilot. Even more impressive, Jordan reported that Oscar Insurance “made 17 sales hires in 3 months on CloserIQ leveraging a combination of intuitive software and attentive service.” They have also been creating original content about sales jobs on their blog.

We asked Jordan for his advice on finding a co-founder, and he emphasized the importance of patience and alignment of mission and passion:

"Take your time when looking for a co-founder. Get to know one another's core values and strengths & weaknesses. Let the relationship develop organically and see if you can share a common mission and passion for building a company together. When you realize that the other person is just as committed as you are to the idea and business, have an open discussion about the type of company and various scenarios together."

You can follow CloserIQ’s progress by visiting their site here, or following them on Facebook and Twitter.


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CoFoundersLab Helps Content BLVD Find the Ever-Elusive Tech Co-Founder

Content BLVD arose out of the realization that the public has grown more and more annoyed by irrelevant, intrusive advertising. As far back as 2010, co-founders Daniel Ripoll (CEO) and Mike Sobol (CMO) noticed the rise of ad-skipping services at the same time that ad click-through rates were declining. They watched revenue flow from traditional advertisers to content marketing. The market needed a better way for brands to reach consumers who wanted to hear their messages.

Since April 2012, Content BLVD has booked over $450,000 in revenue and signed more than 100 clients for its original content marketing services. Customers range from mom-and-pop shops to nonprofits and global enterprises, such as the Breast Cancer Society and Home Depot. Content BLVD connects businesses with publishers and media partners who can boost their SEO metrics, drive referral traffic, and expand brand reach across various channels.

Its biggest challenge was taking advantage of all the technological changes that are disrupting the $62 billion Web marketing industry. After Content BLVD graduated from the Boomtown Accelerator program in Boulder, Colorado this June, flush with advice from 100 mentors and additional funding, it turned its full attention on its Web infrastructure. Dan and Mike created a profile on CoFoundersLab in search of a technology guru with startup experience.

Dan Ripoll, CEO and Co-Founder

Dan Ripoll, CEO and Co-Founder

Mike Sobol, CMO and Co-Founder

Mike Sobol, CMO and Co-Founder

George McKenzie, Co-Founder and CTO

George McKenzie, Co-Founder and CTO

Enter George McKenzie. With over a decade of startup experience, McKenzie has earned a reputation in fields like process methodology, quality, and automation. He founded YesDocs and shepherded the development of the engineering department at Volusion.com. With McKenzie on board as CTO of the six member management team, the last piece of Content BLVD’s creative business model fell into place.

The search for a technical co-founder can be one of, if not the most difficult step in building your core team. Gaining access to the 40,000+ member network of CoFoundersLab helped Content BLVD solve this problem, and we want to help solve it for entrepreneurs everywhere. Our team-building platform, now combined with our equity crowdfunding platform, is giving entrepreneurs the chance to take the first series of critical steps in launching a successful company.

 

You can follow Content BLVD by visiting their website here or following them on Facebook or Twitter.

Content BLVD is working to do away with interruptive advertising in favor of brand integration. By matching businesses with bloggers, Youtubers, television producers and more on an open platform, brands gain easier access to the content that their customers are already enjoying.


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Two Moms Recruit Advisers on CoFoundersLab to Help Activity Rocket Take Off

Finding camps and classes for children is a painful process that all too many parents have experienced. Both sides are lacking the time and resources needed to make it a smooth process. Parents have trouble finding exactly what they are looking for, which may only come after an exhaustive online search. Camp/activity providers lack the digital marketing tools to reach those parents. Lisa Friedlander encountered this problem while searching for activities for her then three-year-old. Her friend, Ilene Miller, had recently made travel plans using one of the many straightforward travel sites. The two linked up, and Activity Rocket was created as an OpenTable-type model to make booking a camp/class for children as simple as making a restaurant reservation.

Lisa Friedlander (CEO) and Ilene Miller (COO), co-founders of Activity Rocket. 

Lisa Friedlander (CEO) and Ilene Miller (COO), co-founders of Activity Rocket. 

Lisa and Ilene launched Activity Rocket in October 2011 in Bethesda, MD, but they lacked necessary aspects in starting a business. They needed technology experts to advise them on developing the platform. After attending a CoFoundersLab Matchup event, the pair created a profile, and after hearing about the benefits of a PRO membership, upgraded to PRO members. That upgrade, as well as their diligent responsiveness, led to connections with several people interested in helping Activity Rocket grow. The team has since worked with THREE individuals who have served as technology advisers with, according to Lisa, the potential of becoming part of the management team. CoFoundersLab helped Activity Rocket find the tech talent they so desperately needed, and now they are truly taking off. Lisa explained:

CoFoundersLab allowed us to work with fantastic people at really no cost to our company, and these individuals have truly made a substantial impact on our business.

Activity Rocket has over 600 businesses listed on their site, and have had over 150,000 unique visitors. They are currently a finalist in the Startup Maryland Pitch Across Maryland Bus Tour, competing for a chance to pitch at the InvestMaryland Challenge and win $100,000. Watch the video and “like” it to vote for them!

Follow Activity Rocket by visiting their website here, or following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Activity Rocket is helping parents search for activity providers for kids ages 0-18 in the DC metro area, by type of activity, day, location, and price. Compare and select the best activity for your child, instantly share your choices with friends, and pay for your classes all in one-stop! Happy Kids = Happy Parents!