- Posted by Jobook Team
- On June 26, 2014
“I found work in an events management company once, via a job agency. After realising I could earn more if I had approached the company directly, I decided to do something to remove this third-party involvement,” says the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) Business Informatics graduate determined to streamline the hiring process.
Jobook was inaugurated last year together with co-founders, Daryl Sim and Vignesh Manu, whom Raniel met during his National Service. Incubating at NYP, Jobook’s primary aim is to remove redundancies that occur during recruitment. The portal is also able to find the most compatible fit for both employers and jobseekers. Coincidentally, all three founding members are alumni of NYP.
Raniel and team didn’t have it easy at the onset. Like many developing ventures, attracting investors as well as proving Jobook’s efficacy to potential users and employers were a considerable challenge. Fortunately for them, they received timely financial assistance from an angel investor to accelerate their business plans with S$300,000 raised to date.
The young entrepreneurs hit multiple snags while developing Jobook’s user interface and its mobile application. “Given our limited resources then, it took all we had to fix the relevant bugs to ensure the system is operational,” adds Raniel with a pensive smile. What’s important, in his opinion, is for startups to work closely with vendors and clients, listen to their feedback, and work towards a viable solution.
How can local startups overcome the odds then? “Many founders here are unwilling to partner similar ventures to propel their businesses forward. I think that is a defensive outlook. Rather than trying to go to market alone, creating a new solution with each other’s strengths is decidedly vital to topping the game,” he asserts.
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