Samuel Wurster (Founder, CEO) and David Patzer (Co-Founder, Managing Director) © Jasper Kettner
What inspired you to found your startup?
The idea for Journeyman developed during several conversations with construction and industry professionals. Apprenticeship training is widely spread in the DACH area and young professionals are highly skilled at their respective trades. At the same time, they have have not yet had the same opportunity of going abroad, as for example a university student usually has. Paired with the lack of skilled professionals globally, we founded journeyman to combine work experiences abroad with staffing.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
We define success in a very customer-centric way: If our talents have an awesome work experience abroad and come home with new learnings and more knowledge and, if at the same time, the companies we service are able to finish their projects on time and profit from the skill and know-how of our journeymen talents, we have already gone a long way towards success.
Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?
At the moment, we are still quite young and there have been no major deviations from our plan so far but there will certainly be roadblocks and difficult decisions ahead ;).
What problem does your product solve?
We solve major needs on both sides of our platform. On the companies side, we help with the supply of reliable and highly skilled talent, motivated to contribute their skill for a fixed amount of time during their stay. Our talents on the other hand get the opportunity of having a work experience abroad, seeing other cultures and learning a new language, as well as other working techniques.
Where do you see your company in 1/5/10 years?
Our vision is to be the worlds go-to platform for any skilled professional who is looking for a physical gig abroad anywhere on the world. We want to re-balance scarcity and surplus of highly-skilled individuals around the globe and help solve the skills shortage problem.
How are you different?
There are companies that offer work & travel opportunities for mostly unskilled and poorly paid positions and there are staffing companies that offer jobs in the same geography without the experience of going abroad. By combining experiences abroad with staffing, we are offering our talents the opportunity of combining skilled work with experiencing another country and ways of work, and companies access to a huge pool of skilled professionals.
How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?
Our talents who are willing and able to go abroad interact with our platform on a weekly or even daily basis and companies interact with us whenever they are looking for great talent.
Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?
We’re impacting society in two ways: We help to proliferate skills-based training and best practices in different industries by enabling an international exchange of knowledge. Furthermore, we are striving towards a more open and global society by enabling people from demographics which have not yet had the opportunity to work, live and learn abroad.
How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?
We’re both fairly new to the startup scene in Berlin but we’ve seen quite a couple of very tech-heavy startups (as opposed to marketplaces / platforms which Berlin is famous for) getting off the ground lately.
What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?
Pros certainly include easy access to other founders, international talent, as well as ample financing from Business Angels and Venture Capital Funds. We haven’t seen any significant downsides to founding in Berlin. On a personal note, being from Switzerland, I miss the opportunity to go hiking and skiing whenever I want ;).
Bonus Question: Anything else that we need to know about you?
Before starting university, Samuel once worked at his uncles stone mine for a couple of months, cutting blocks of sand stone out of the rock during a whole summer. David still misses the good old days of the techno scene in the 90’s and early 2000’s in Berlin.
Journeyman was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.