What was the scope of their involvement?
We are building an ERP platform with a massive vision. It will be a multiyear project, and we haven’t reached 30% completion yet. We are working on a completely web-based version for hires, and the mobile version for recruiters is planned to launch in 2018.
Candidates can record video-based profiles through the platform for free. In order to become verified and have a higher ranking for companies, they need to become pro.
The prototyping, development, and design have been the tasks of Thiken. They are also involved in our company and product strategy. We take input from their team in all areas, but also have a marketing specialist.
How did you come to work with Thiken?
Quality was the biggest factor in choosing a company, and I invested a couple of months for the research. I was working through SXSW Startup Spotlight in 2016 and found a company which had worked with Thiken. I liked the smoothness of their application and connected with the founder of that company, who then referred me to Thiken.
There were tons of other companies I found interesting, but they weren’t as reachable. The local companies I found were much too expensive. IT development projects like ours are very complicated, and I didn’t want to start a collaboration with a company that didn’t provide a personal connection.
How much have you invested with Thiken?
The cost of Thiken’s work has been $250,000 so far. We are fundraising an additional $2 million over the next 18 months, which will also be used for marketing. More than an app, we are building an entire ERP platform for recruiting and hiring, which will have different interfaces for candidates and recruiters on three different platforms. It will be a big undertaking for us.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Thiken in July 2016 for the initial wireframing process. My ultimate goal is to build an internal team for the company in order to have a better connection to the product. The free candidate version is available on iOS, Android, and the web.