Annabelle Diamantino
Co-Founder and CEO of
Video Recruit, 
Czech Republic

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work?

A: In a word, family – primarily taking care of our two wonderful children.

An entrepreneurial life makes you feel alive

After twelve years working as an IT manager, I’d hit a wall in my professional growth and knew it was time to move on. So when Philip Staehelin – my co-founder, mentor and great friend – presented me with the idea behind Video Recruit, I instantly dropped my cushy job and dived head first into entrepreneurism.

I was all too familiar with the daunting task of trying to identify the best job candidates amongst numerous indistinguishable CVs – and this where our startup idea came into play. Inviting prospective candidates to record a video interview in their own time and respond spontaneously to recruiter questions seemed like a brilliant alternative to the standard CV recruitment model.

Was I scared? Very! With two young children, not much idea of how to build a company and a husband with an international conducting career, it seemed highly irrational. But it gave me such an incredible feeling of being alive again. I was instantly hooked. When playing competitive sports, my father always told me ‘So long as the game isn’t over, you still have every chance of winning.’ It is this mindset of never giving up that has gotten us to where we are today.

Annabelle Diamanto, 41, founded Video Recruit, a Prague-based startup in 2011 that has since grown to a 14-person company. Already present on four continents, Video Recruit has recently launched a new product,, a hiring application conceptualized as an A-to-Z for recruiters. Annabelle studied computer science and worked for many years as Regional IT Director for Havas Worldwide Prague.

This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.