Frank Geßner (Co-Founder, CEO) and Matthias Schleuthner (Co-Founder, COO) © Anne Schönharting
What inspired you to found your startup?
Tech recruiting is broken for both, candidates and employers. Job ads miss all relevant information like salary or tech stack, the market is not transparent and every process step takes much too long. By letting the companies apply for the talents with all information about the job upfront, we strongly believe that this is the easiest and fastest way for both parties.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
When 4scotty made tech recruiting easy and fast for all parties involved as the European market leader in IT job placements.
Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?
We learned so much in the last two years and adapted our platform many times.
What problem does your product solve?
Traditional IT recruiting is slow and requires too much efforts at both sides. Although job boards are full of ads, it is quite hard for tech professionals to find the next job. The market lacks transparency on salary, used tech stack and other relevant information. For companies, it gets harder to win the right tech talents. Neither job-ads nor spamming LinkedIn profiles attract the best experts. Letting companies apply for the tech professionals brings the shortcut missing.
Where do you see your company in 1/5/10 years?
Europeans leading tech recruiting site having placed 10k professionals.
How are you different?
Companies apply for tech professionals and both sides enjoy personal support.
How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?
2 times a day for candidates looking for a job, 1 time per day for employers.
Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?
The penetration of IT keeps raising. Organisations and companies increasingly need tech experts. We make tech recruiting easy. For tech professionals and employers.
How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?
Although there was literally no startup scene in Berlin 20 years ago, the city today enjoys an active startup ecosystem and is seen as the European hub for Internet companies. Berlin is seen as an attractive place to live for talents around the globe. Also venture capital and business angel money is now available in the city and helps young startups to grow.
What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?
Pros: Berlin is a magnet for global talents with an active startup eco system.
Cons: Weak potential of later stage growth money from VC.
Bonus Question: Anything else that we need to know about you?
Yep, our name: Despite the high demand for IT-Professionals, they rarely experience the kind of recognition that they deserve. So we wanted to choose a name that expresses our appreciation for their amazing abilities. Who enjoys a higher reputation than the ingenious chief engineer and lieutenant commander of the USS Enterprise, Montgomery Scott, when it comes to tech and engineering? That’s why we came up with the name 4scotty.
4scotty was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.