James Mayes

What are start-up firms really hiring?

In Infographic, Recruitment, Software Development, Start-ups on September 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Big fan of what DueDil are doing to make data more accessible.  Notice they’ve just completed some work with Adzuna and pulled together some analysis of the hiring position in start-up land at present. Original post here. Good work chaps!


jobs in startups

  1. Lovely stuff from DueDil and Adzuna. So the results are in – the code is written and it’s being advertised to the world but the products purpose is TBD and no-one knows how to use it. Sounds familiar.

  2. Interesting stuff.
    Here’s a question though. How long is a `start-up` a `start-up`?
    I just seen a company refer to themselves as a `Start-up` – who have been going since 2006. That’s not a start-up anymore, right?

    Sorry, slight diversion there – but it affects figures.

    • Indeed. The most regular arbiter I see is time, with most suggesting less than three years is start-up land. This is backed in the corporate world where you see start-up programmes like Microsoft’s BizSpark having a three year period of benefit.

      However, Google still claim start-up mentality, yet have billionaire founders and just turned 14 years old. Facebook are often referred to as the definitive tech start-up still, but have been through a massive (if questionable) IPO. I think there’s room for different definitions based on style of business. For example, with an investment-funded tech business, 3 years should be sufficient time to prove some value and either mature or go home. For others, maybe the point of being cashflow positive is proof of maturity. Maybe it’s staff size? 100 people, yet claiming startup?

      • Thanks for your take James. I’m conscious it’s ‘trendy’ to say you’re a start-up – but clearly many businesses who claim this, surely have transcended ‘start-up’ status?

        • Agreed. Out of interest, would you say Cloud Nine is still startup? If not, what do you think marked the transition to mature?

          • Sorry for delay James – notification failure! haha.
            Start-up to me implies early-stage business existence, operating on a small embryonic team structure, working on establishing a market-position for the brand/service. This structure COULD have 30 people in it, given the right funding and necessary skills, i.e. developers, etc.

            Yes, I would say CloudNine has the characteristics of a start-up, in that we remain small, unfunded, with a good business direction, that has yet to reach it’s potential in market position. But I would rarely call it one, unless it made sense in a circumstance to do so.

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