Original post by Majella Grawatsch via firstbird.

6 Great Recruitment Strategies For Startups

Recruiting great candidates for a startup can sometimes pose a challenge. The company is fairly new and might not have much traction as opposed to more established organizations.

Startups, however, can offer perks, including time flexibility, equity and a collaborative work environment that can draw a lot of potential candidates in.

Here are six recruiting strategies your startup should implement to find great talent:

1. Treat your applicants well

When you receive a high-quality lead, call them right away because high caliber candidates are always in high demand. Prioritize those candidates, impress them and give them a great hiring experience.

Recruitment is one of the most critical areas that you need to address because every new employee you add to your startup can move it forward dramatically, slow it down, or push it backwards.

2. Think about the cost/benefit before your hire

Before you start recruiting, you need to know how much a new hire will cost your startup and what benefits it will bring.

For your cost computation, include:

  • Hiring Cost
  • Salary
  • Taxes
  • Benefits
  • Equipment
  • Space
  • Training
  • Onboarding

To figure out the benefits of this hire, include:

  • Sales
  • Expansion
  • Relief
  • Development

The new candidate you will be hiring needs to be able to add value to your organization. Since your startup is small and growing, it is important to bring in resources that can deliver tangible value for the company in a timeframe that makes sense.

3. Try a freelancer

If you can’t afford a full-time employee yet, you might want to consider hiring freelancers. Many freelancers are keen to join a fast growing startup in the early days. It also gives you a chance to see how they work, and if it’s a mutual fit. If the freelancer performs well, then you can approach them for a full-time role.

You need to be clear on exactly what functions need to be filled, and then decide if it’s something that requires a full-time employee or an outsourced solution.

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Credit Karma: Making Financial Progress Possible

London is the largest city in the United Kingdom with over 8 million population and we are aware that seeking for a job in a traditional way is time and money consuming. Let's shift your style- mark your calendar as we are glad to announce that this February, our London Tech Job Fair has a lot of opportunities and careers to offer.

Do you see yourself in the Finance Industry? Are you also a concerned person in securing people's finances?

Then, you might see your future at Credit Karma. The company is providing tools, education and opportunities needed to make real and meaningful progress in their client's finances. Here is an interview with the company team to let you know them better!

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Who are the creators of your brand? What do they do in life, what are they passionate about?

Our founders are Kenneth Lin, Nichole Mustard, and Ryan Graciano. Ken was the first member of his family to graduate college-the son of immigrant parents-and worked in areas such as data analytics, financial services, and startup management before starting Credit Karma. Nichole Mustard worked as a financial planning consultant (and served for a while as a manager at Pizza Hut), before being invited to co-found Credit Karma with Ken. Ryan Graciano was a technical wiz working at IBM when he was approached by Nichole and Ken about starting Credit Karma.

What's the story behind the creation of your company? What inspired you to start your business?

Credit Scores are a defining metric in consumers financial lives, and Ken and Nichole realized in the early 2000’s that consumers had no way of getting their scores for free. So in 2007, Credit Karma set out to partner with credit rating agencies to build a product that would finally let consumers access their own financial data, free of charge.

What's your current view on the market you work in? What makes you feel like your brand stands out?

As a pioneer of “free credit scores,” we earned the trust of over 80,000,000 members. And that gives us a vantage point that will be difficult for other companies to achieve.

Our business model is also unique in that no matter what new products or services we introduce to consumers, we're committed to providing it for free. With more than 80 million members in the U.S. and Canada, we offer a range of tools and personalized recommendations designed to help them make the most of their money – and ultimately, improve their financial standing.

What's the thing that you appreciate/value/cherish more about what you do as a brand?

We just launched a new product that lets U.S. members prepare and file their federal and state tax returns for free. More than one million people filed their taxes with Credit Karma Tax in 2018. More than $40 billion in credit lines have been facilitated through Credit Karma. In the last 12 months,  more than 10% of online personal loans and 7.5% of credit cards for millennials were originated through Credit Karma.

What's your company culture like? What is that you want to represent?

Credit Karma’s core values are helpfulness, ownership, empathy, and progress. These values guide our approach to all of our work. We pride ourselves in being a highly collaborative work environment, where ownership of projects is clearly defined, and co-workers are encouraged to work together to tackle tough problems. We also believe in providing a space where teams can engage with new technologies, and learn while they create.

What is your team like? How do you work?

Credit Karma employs more than 800 employees, over half of which are engineers, data scientists or analysts. We are an international team, with offices in San Francisco, Charlotte, Los Angeles, and London. We are an incredibly smart, dedicated, hard-working group of people focused on using our talents and capabilities to help our members thrive.

What kind of people are you looking for? Who's the best match for your team?

We are looking for smart, fun, problem-solvers to join our team. We want engineers who are interested in working with a variety of cutting edge technologies, and who enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment. We like to hire people who have a growth mindset, and who aren’t willing to take risks and fail-to-learn.

What benefits and perks do you offer your employees? What's the biggest plus of working for you?

Credit Karma believes in a strong work-life balance and puts an emphasis on personal growth and well-being. We support our employees’ growth by offering Competitive compensation, ample PTO and unlimited sick leave, professional development funds, classes through Credit Karma University, time off to volunteer, and time off for your birthday, as well as other benefits.

What are your goals and plans for the future? What's your biggest ambition?

We believe the future of personal finance lies in automation. Just as people are putting more trust in machine-learning to do things like discover new music, suggest products, and even drive, we see a bright future for machine learning in finance. Credit Karma sees a future that uses machine learning to automate and optimize financial decisions for our users, which will empower them to make the best possible decisions with the least effort.

Captivating isn't it?

Now is your chance to start your career with them because Credit Karma is looking for talented people to join their team and will help them make financial progress possible for everyone. Get to know the team at our London Tech Job Fair.

More information available on their Website, Facebook and Twitter. See you in London! Getting The Most Fulfilling Job For You

As a job seeker, we all want opportunities. We are all waiting for the company to open their doors and give us the chance where we can render our expertise and build our career. We search and travel just to see where we fit in. We are not sure what we can do to have a one shot and sure-ball chance.

Now, we have good news for you! Our Berlin TechJobFair this March 2019 will open many doors for you to start your career, and as we go to Berlin, will be joining us. Are you ready for the new challenges? aims for you to master your skill in every possible way. Their wisdom profits from StepStone- Germany's favourite and most successful job boards business today. Over 3000 people in 24 countries aim at delivering the highest quality of service to all of their clients, ranging from small local players to big global corporations across all industry sectors. So as StepStone, wants to be the job market of choice for customers and candidates.

The company is more than just a machine or a website. More than 3000 enthusiastic people work very hard to deliver the best possible results to customers and job seekers alike. They work for a common vision, mission and many common core strategies. Talent is the key factor for their success and makes sure that they are building a company where talent can thrive and flourish.

Jobsens-ai-1 provides competitive pay, craft challenging roles that fit the business and reward people for excellence. They believe that employees can be at their best when they bring their whole self to work.

The company is looking for talented people who are professional, driven and dedicated. They want someone who can overcome challenges with them and provide exemplary results and in return, they offer you these benefits:

  • A wealth of career opportunities, offering International exposure
  • Challenging project work visible at the highest level within global clients
  • The freedom to continually create and innovate
  • An environment where Talent is rewarded
  • An environment where Business is important but the enjoyment of life is encouraged and recognised.

Master your skills and work with the team. Get the most fulfilling job and enjoy challenges with If you’re excited to start your dream job - You’re almost there! Get the chance to meet their team personally in Berlin TechJobFair this March 2019. They are also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates and information.

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Work in Denmark: Stories Of Those Who Succeeded

Some of the best working opportunities await you in Denmark. The country is said to have the world’s happiest citizens! If you ever considered starting a new career there, Work In Denmark is one of our exhibitors for the several events in London, Dublin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Lisbon!

Belt up and make yourself comfortable. Here come some of the best success stories Work in Denmark can share with you.

Fabrizio Moroni: A New Way of Working - And More Time to Play

Fabrizio Moroni (Italy)

Before: Project Manager, Deloitte,Milan, Italy

Now: System Integration Specialist,Kamstrup, Skanderborg, Denmark

When Fabrizio quit his job with consulting giant Deloitte in Milan in late 2015, he knew he was taking a big leap of faith.

“My girlfriend had landed a job at LEGO and we wanted to experience life abroad, learn a new culture, and to try and do something new together,” he says. “And so we just decided to do it. I didn’t have a job at the time, but we wanted to try it. We were committed.”

When Fabrizio finally took that leap of faith and moved to Denmark in early 2016 he soon discovered it wasn’t just the food or language that made for big cultural differences. ”In Italy I had long work days – often until late in the evening or even all night. The culture here is quite different. Now I go home in the afternoon and even though the days seem shorter, I still get more done than I did in my previous jobs,” he says.

Fabrizio, who had jobs at various IT consulting houses like Capgemini and Accenture in Italy, established contact with Kamstrup, a rapidly growing company specialising in high-tech water and energy metering systems, a couple months after arriving. He met Kamstrup through Workindenmark’s job database and, he says, after the first interview the process went very quickly.

“I have been really surprised by the fact that things are more relaxed compared to what I am used to, but still very productive,” he says. “Here I work less, but more focused. That is a big difference in work culture. And it has given me more free time, too.”

Martina Slingsby: On Research's Bleeding Edge

Martina Slingsby (UK, Sweden)

Before: Post Doc in Pharmacology, Imperial College, London, UK

Now: Researcher in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Every time she thinks about the name on her office building, Martina Slingsby feels a tinge of pride.

“Within the field of exercise physiology, Denmark is a world leader,” she says. “There have been a lot of people, even Nobel Prize winners, who have laid the groundwork for the work we are doing today.”

Her building at Copenhagen University is named for August Krogh, winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize in physiology, where Martina is a researcher at the school’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. Martina came to Denmark in 2013 because she saw opportunities in the life science sector, and because her husband worked in the wind energy business – where Denmark is also a global leader. She didn’t expect, however, to find such a perfect fit for her research.

“In London I was working at the William Harvey Research Institute, founded by Sir John Vane, who won a Nobel Prize for discovering how aspirin worked,” she says. “There my focus was investigating the pharmacology of aspirin and other ‘blood thinning’ drugs that patients receive after a heart attack.”

At Copenhagen University, her focus shifted to studying how these drugs are affected by exercise in everything from lowering blood pressure to improving insulin sensitivity.

“Right now, I am looking at the medicines you get after a heart attack to see how they affect cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of another attack,” she says.

Martina explains that Copenhagen University’s years of complex physiology research means it has vast expertise in conducting invasive clinical studies. That is important, she explains, when it comes to addressing ethical concerns about testing on humans and makes it possible to do research that simply wouldn’t be possible other places in the world.

“The studies here are invasive, but in a safe way. Typically, they involve putting in catheters and that way we can infuse different medicines to study the health of blood vessels on healthy people,” she says. “When I came I started testing how the blood reacts to those infusions, so it was a perfect combination of the blood work I did before and the blood vessel work they were already doing. From day one, it was already a win-win.”

Martina Perez: Speaking Her Patient's Language

Dr. Maria Perez (Spain)

Before: M.D: General Practitioner, Seville Spain

Now: General Practitioner, Grindsted Denmark

“It was so quiet,” she says, laughing. “When you go into a health center in Spain, people talk and talk – and so loudly. Here it was peaceful, actually.”

That first impression stuck with Maria, who is one of the many foreign doctors who have come to Denmark in recent years. Danish Health Authority figures show that the number of foreign doctors has grown by five percent per year since 2006, in response to the country’s doctor shortage, and that about 10 percent of the nation’s practicing physicians are currently of foreign origin. For Maria, it was an interest in the Danish health care model that led her to apply for a General Practitioner job, and a desire to create a better balance between work and family life that convinced her to accept it.

But, from the beginning, there was one big barrier she knew she had to overcome. “My biggest concern before coming was definitely the language,” Maria says. “I was very worried about that.”

Although she already spoke three languages fluently, Maria says she knew her success as a doctor would depend on her ability to master Danish – a language that is notoriously difficult for foreigners.

“When I started learning Danish I thought, maybe that is why the people in the clinic were so quiet. Because the language is hard to speak!”, she says. “But when I started to see patients it got easier. It was frightening sometimes and also funny sometimes, but never too much of a barrier.”

As part of her contract as foreign doctor, Maria started an intensive language course immediately after arriving. The programme began with five days per week at a language school, before eventually scaling down to one day at language school and 4 days on the job.

After a year in the programme, she says, her Danish is now in place and she will soon be fully authorised to work as an independent physician in Denmark.

If these stories inspired you, don’t wait any longer - book your free job seeker ticket now for one of our events and meet Work in Denmark team in London, Dublin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Lisbon!
You can also get in touch with them by visiting their website, LinkedIn or Facebook!

Getting noticed by recruiters isn't an easy task. Some of the experienced job seekers already found their working pattern - but what about you? If you're still looking for more tips, one of our exhibitors, Talentese, shares their expertise on the matter.

Talentese joins us for Berlin and Munich Tech Job Fairs in 2019! Book your tickets as soon as possible to meet them in person!

Applying process is such a maze! Every applicant passes through approximately 15 stages before landing a job. At first, you waste plenty of time searching for a vacancy, then have to deal with monotonous paperwork, make it through the interview and then finally… somebody takes your place. The recruiters say they had already noticed someone. “We made a decision to employ the other person. Try next time.”- they explain bitterly and shrug shoulders.

Even if you never had such an unpleasant experience, you still will surely find 12 effective job search strategies helpful. Become that “someone” and learn how to get noticed by recruiters! Let new offers pour down on you!

1. Polish Your Social Media Presence

It’s not a secret that recruiters check your social media accounts. Social networking has becoming a new type of the CV – it’s your online resume that may influence an employer’s decision in both a positive and a negative way. According to CareerBuilder survey,70% of companies use social networking sites to hire new employees. Another research says a regular update of the LinkedIn profile makes you 18 times more likely to be found by recruiters.

So, what do employers want to find on your page? They love checking out the content you repost and create, the pages and personalities you follow, how open-minded and sociable you are with your followers. Thus, you can assure your potential employer you are the professional who is interested in the recent turnovers within the industry, shares the opinion regarding the relavant news. Popular blogs related to your occupation might give you an idea of what to post and how. Avoid placing meaningless and inappropriate information; keep things fresh by doing regular updates.

2. Become a Regular Visitor of Meetups

Successful people communicate effectively. It’s the networking on various events that improve your social skills and expends the list of valuable contacts. Search for the upcoming meetups on Facebook or specialized professional sites, pay attention to billboards, check out the company’s social networks and website. It’s a great chance to be noticed by potential employers and other authoritative people. Think about the kinds of places where your potential employer routinely looks for business, so you would you are on the same page.

3. Join Workshops

Boost your knowledge and get to know the best pieces of advice for job seekers attending seminars. It’s an excellent opportunity to master new skills, to share your ideas, to extend the network relationships. For example, visit the lecture on how to get an interview. Such on-the-job training will teach you useful things about the chosen field and show new ways to get a job. Moreover, there’s even a chance the speaker you’re listening to is your future boss. Thus, be as active as possible. Take part in any activity, answer questions and put your own. Dare reach the speaker once the seminar is over – discuss various issues in detail, demonstrate your professionalism on the topic. However, avoid dragging in useless information and asking too primitive questions.

4. Go for Online Portfolio

LinkedIn and social networks have been proven as highly important, but you can go further setting up a mini-website. It doesn’t require high tech skills. Start with a landing page — make it interesting and eye-catching, put your main information there. You may place your best works on that page or create a couple of additional pages. Anyway, don’t make it too complex. Employers don’t have time to study it for hours. Don’t forget to put your website on resume, social networking pages, business cards. Use the professional keywords to make it easy-to-find.

5. Be Active in Industry Groups

It looks like “be active” has become a motto of the article. The point is that passive people rarely attract good offers from employers. Miracles do happen, but usually, you have to be proactive to get noticed. Turn on your laptop once again, find all the industry networks and forums. Be everywhere. Conferences, online, offline – lthe more visible you are, the better. Participate in discussions, leave comments, ask about a job opening. Let your potential coworkers and employers know you both in real life and virtually.

6. Sort out Recommendations

Launching a new job search, think of adding value to your application with professional recommendations. Who can put in a good word for you? Contact your ex-employers, professors at the university, coordinators of volunteering projects you previously participated, your internship managers, etc. If nothing works out, use LinkedIn to find people who may agree to help.

7. Collaborate with Friends

Reach your relatives and friends to figure out if they or their contacts might help you. It doubles your chances to find a new job. Your cousin’s university friend may well be the principal of the department where you crave to work. Let everyone know that you’re looking for job. Your mother may accidentally buy the newspaper with your dream job announcement. To inform more people, make a Facebook post. In a friendly way tell others that you would appreciate any suggestions.

8. Send Emails and Private Messages

Find the reason to send a message. Congratulate the company with the anniversary or successful project, commend them for the useful and high-quality content or products they create. That is to say, you intervene with the company getting noticed at the same time. Be sincere and honest.

9. Volunteering Can Help a Lot!

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. In fact, the more we give, the happier we feel. New experience and additional lines in “Volunteering” for your resume is just a tip of the iceberg. The real reasons to sacrifice your time are much deeper. You meet new people, get to know their lives and stories of ups and downs, improve your skills and gain new knowledge. It’s a common practice to keep working with people you met when volunteering. In addition, employers look favorably on candidates who volunteer and show their honest willing to get experience in a field.

10. Put Your Best Foot Forward

One of the most creative ways to get an employer’s attention is proposing interesting ideas and prospective of the business that the company’s team hadn’t thought before. They will gladly agree to devote you an hour if your ideas worth it. Especially, startup leaders. Provide creative suggestions, give valuable and timely feedback, and bring new strategies that the company may implement on the table. There is a chance of landing a dream job not getting job interviews- the company will invite you as an expert.

11. Be Ready to Get an Interview

Once you’re finally getting a job interview, impress the employer in person. First, be honest. Share your strength and passions, but also be candid about any shortcuts. Be positive since a cheerful and cooperative human is an asset in any role. Come to the interview prepared. Draw up the list of possible question the managers ask and come up with possible answers. Gather all the documents required.

12. Prove That You Are an Expert in Your Niche

None of job hunting tips will work out if you lack knowledge, desire, and qualification. Chase a goal to become an expert at what you do, never stop learning. Prove that you’re a valuable candidate ascribing your success to hard work. Call upon your willingness to grow to succeed.

Most importantly, don’t get down not getting a job this time. Take the sting out of it. It’s a chance to try something else, something new and exciting. Variety is a spice of life.

Original article found here.

Day by day we hear about new technological inventions in many spheres. Some of them make our lives easier, some others are just for amusement but there are life-changing inventions that help us stay healthy!

Understanding this, we at TechMeetUps shop have decided to introduce a list of fitness trackers. These devices are just great to record your daily physical activity and give you valuable data. With fitness trackers, you will know how many calories you have burnt or how many steps you have taken during the day. In addition, they have many useful features and can show you notifications from your phone or work as an clock alarm. Choose one from our list and stay healthy!

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While our last event for the year takes place in Amsterdam , we'd like you to have a look at what's happening nearby. Today one of our exhibitors, takes us to Rotterdam. Read what they're going to tell you about the local tech scene. And don't forget to book your last minute event tickets!

While it may get less attention than the capital city Amsterdam, Rotterdam shows promising potential to be the next innovative and technology hub of the Netherlands. Internationally known as the “gateway to Europe”, Rotterdam has grown considerably over the last few years and its tech scene is rapidly gaining traction and momentum - to the extent that it’s been given the nickname of “Boston of the Netherlands”.

The founders of local startups, including Helloprint, as well as coworking space 42workspace, recently created the “WeTechRotterdam” initiative to further develop the local ecosystem and organizations such as the Cambridge Innovation Center and the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship are empowering local entrepreneurial talents to turn their ideas into actual businesses.

Rotterdam is an increasingly attractive destination for Dutch and foreign developers (and other tech professionals) alike, so we sat down with a range of managers, recruiters and CTOs to get a better understanding of the local tech market and determine what makes Rotterdam such an interesting option for developers.

High demand for tech workers in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is becoming an increasingly popular destination for working expats and native Dutch alike. From 2007 to 2017, the population of Rotterdam grew from 584,058 to 634,660, a growth rate approaching nearly 10%. Yet despite this increase, Rotterdam (as well as other major cities in the Netherlands) is actually suffering from a huge tech talent shortage. In actual fact, the demand for junior tech talent in the Netherlands doubled in 2017 and it’s believed that there are approximately 26 job openings per available junior tech worker.

Consequently, in an effort to fill the gap between the supply and demand for tech talents, companies are increasingly relying on new local grads and expat tech workers. Giuseppe Maggiore, the CTO of Hoppinger, has definitely observed this phenomenon. He says “There is a huge amount of expats in Rotterdam, and companies are switching more and more towards non-Dutch speaking developers.”


But that’s not to say Dutch developers aren’t in demand. Far from it. Erik van Aalzum of Jedlix chimes in “We see that more companies are looking towards changing to English as the main language as a result of the shortage of Dutch developers in the market… It is easy, cheap, and accessible to relocate to Rotterdam.”

And seeing as Martijn van Citteren of Coolblue believes that “after an extensive selection process in which the last step is a visit to our office and a tour of Rotterdam, it is easy to convince an international candidate that Rotterdam is a great city to work and live as Rotterdam sells itself”, you can understand why more and more companies have switched their focus to expat workers in the face of this local talent shortage.

Access to top tech talent in Rotterdam

As you’ve most probably understood by now, there’s a shortage of available tech talent in Rotterdam. This means that the few available candidates on the market are very hot property and startups struggle to compete with the big-spending, internationally recognized corporates and larger companies they’re up against.

Kartika Sidabutar, the Marketing Manager at YES!Delft, elaborates, “Loads of startups here do not have a lot of money, so they are skeptical of paying recruitment bureaus and agencies. The biggest source [of employees] is from referrals and networks.” Frits Klok of TiledMedia also agrees, “It is difficult to find the right candidates for open positions. As a start-up it is more difficult to get exposure towards the right candidates, when going up against bigger consumer-facing companies with more extensive campaigns and brand identity. Companies that have significant amounts of money do not have any problems creating exposure.”


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Erik van Aalzum and Adriaan Mutter of Jedlix think there is access to international talent in Rotterdam, but lament the lack of local candidates. “What I think is missing in Rotterdam is a technical university as they have in Delft or Eindhoven. There is no pipeline of young, high potential students in Rotterdam.” But while that would provide Rotterdam with a larger pool of local tech talent, it wouldn’t necessarily stop bigger companies from being first in line and having their pick of the top talent.

Maaike Burgeat & Vincent Grente, who respectively work in tech recruitment and as the COO of Lunatech Labs, are all too familiar with this dilemma. “Lunatech is having difficulties at the moment. We’re in contact with schools to provide us with internships and part-time/summer work students, but many of these students are snatched away by bigger firms as soon as they graduate.”

Access to tech talent in Rotterdam is scarce, but in spite of these difficulties, Rotterdam-based companies continue to make substantial efforts to attract the developers they so desperately seek.

How Rotterdam-based companies are trying to attract more developers

To help attract developers, companies in Rotterdam are increasingly looking to provide attractive working environments with nice perks and fun company culture. Martijn van Citteren of Coolblue states, “Company culture has a very central role in our organization. From the moment Coolblue started, we have been nurturing several core values: open surroundings, flexibility, communication, and motivation through responsibilities and empowerment.” Michael Heerkens, the CTO of Helloprint, chimes in, “Culture for developers is significant nowadays. We offer freedom, responsibility, and empowerment while avoiding restrictions: work when you want as long as you achieve the desired results. Performance is key. Results are what counts.”

Lunatech are taking things even further by supporting the professional development of their tech workers through further training and education and offering extra incentivessuch as salary top-ups based on company performance as well as free tickets to attend local tech conferences and meetups.


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But as well as taking clear actions to become more attractive to potential talents, such as those mentioned above, companies are also trying to get closer to their ideal candidates in an attempt to catch their attention early on. Giuseppe from Hoppinger claims that “if you have access to a school or university, you have an advantage” and Tim from YipYip agrees that “companies have to be more proactive and make better use of their networks”.

Overall it certainly appears as if offering extra incentives and focusing on sourcing students straight from campus are the two methods companies privilege when attempting to attract more developers.

Opportunities for tech workers in Rotterdam

While the high demand for tech workers and shortage of local talent in Rotterdam may cause companies all sorts of recruitment headaches, it’s obviously great news for locals or expats who are looking to find a tech job in the city.

Sterksen claims that 5 out of 6 tech job openings that are listed in the Randstad area are not filled. The demand for software developers and data scientists is particularly significant and average salaries for junior positions in these fields are starting at €35,000, among the highest in all of Europe.


And if great wages and a ton of open job offers to choose from wasn’t appealing enough for developers, it just so happens that Rotterdam specializes in various lesser-known economic sectors such as Clean TechEnergy and Agro-Food and is home to some of the country’s most exciting startups including Dutch online retailers Coolblue, Europe’s fastest growing print platform Helloprint and medical AI startup Quantib.

As a side note, Jorrit Glastra, CTO at Quantib, claims “there aren’t that many companies out there that are actually building a product with AI, most just provide AI solutions that help other businesses.” The opportunity to work on cutting edge technology is what brings many tech professionals to Rotterdam and innovative companies such as Quantib are a big part of why Rotterdam is becoming such an important European tech hub.

What’s more, seeing as Rotterdam and The Hague joined forces in 2015 to form a new metropolitan area, nothing’s holding you back from living in Rotterdam and working in The Hague or vice-versa. This could be of particular interest to cyber security specialists due to the fact that The Hague has established itself as the largest safety and security cluster in Europe.

Community initiatives for tech workers in Rotterdam

You don’t just have to just stick with your company in Rotterdam. There are plenty of opportunities for self-growth, networking, and learning, although the consensus among our interviewees is that there’s plenty of room for more.

Giuseppe from Hoppinger keeps busy, “We host at least 1 Tech Talk each month and really focus on adding value and relevance. We get around 50-75 developers interested in attending and have to put some on waiting lists. I know some other organisations that try to host these events as well, but sometimes there isn’t enough traction.” Frits Klok from TiledMedia is also positive about the future, “There are more and more hubs popping up that were degraded, empty buildings and areas before. Areas such as Van Nelle Fabriek, “Goudse Straat,” and Industriegebouw now have hip hang out places for developers and tech enthusiasts. Meetings and meetups are held there, but we’d love to have more visitors!”

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Maaike and Vincent from Lunatech Labs also regret the lack of attendees at local tech events and believe that “by organizing events involving tech professionals from Rotterdam, The Hague and Delft, the local community scene could be even more prominent than that of Amsterdam.”

According to the 2017 State of European Tech report, the Netherlands was ranked 5th behind the U.K., Germany, France, and Spain with 58,176 active members in tech meetup groups, over 50% more than 6th place Poland. There are also frequent TEDx Talks, designed to help communities, organizations, and individuals spark conversation and connection at the local level, as well as less mainstream initiatives including, a so-called “hackerspace” founded by techies in Rotterdam and CoderDojo, a volunteer-led organization that teaches children to code.

What does the future hold for Rotterdam?

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Erik van Aalzum of Jedlix explains that “Amsterdam is the international hub in the Netherlands and Eindhoven has already been established as the ‘tech-area’ for a long time, but Rotterdam is becoming more innovation-minded.” Tech and startup hubs are popping up everywhere, and the city and province are working together to put Rotterdam on the map and exploit all its strengths. Birgit Vene from agrees that *“The municipality is really doing a lot of things, education wise as well, as they want to get more technically focused. If you are doing something together with the municipality, you are doing very well for yourself. Rotterdam wants to be the city of the future with complete neighbourhoods of smart houses for example.”

Organizations like WeTechRotterdam are trying to establish government-backed initiatives to improve the tech scene as well. As Fred Bartels from WeTechRotterdam explains, “Tech companies in Rotterdam, be they established or brand-new, could really benefit from a shared platform via which to collaborate, match-make, and support one another. It’s all about sharing knowledge and effort in a joint campaign to promote Rotterdam as a leading tech hub in which to work and live.”


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Economic development

With all the ongoing hard work and development, it’s easy to get excited about the future of Rotterdam. We can get a sense of optimism and positivity for the future from everyone we interviewed for this project.

Lisette Braakenburg, the Senior Relationships Manager from the Cambridge Innovation Centre, tells us “Rotterdam is definitely evolving as a city. You see it in the capital and investments. The municipality itself and foreign influences are getting involved in pretty much every level.” Giuseppe from Hoppinger continues, “Rotterdam is a city of makers and doers. The perfect compliment to Rotterdam is to be the city of engineers and technology, where real stuff is made. In combination with the maritime and port industry, Rotterdam can make real waves. More and more competition is coming to Rotterdam, bringing substantial content and solutions to the city.”

Erik van Aalzum of Jedlix feels the same way, “20 years ago, nobody wanted to come and live in Rotterdam because it was seen differently. Nowadays, due to the initiatives and the effort the city of Rotterdam has put in, Rotterdam is gaining momentum. Now students, expats, and nationals want to come to Rotterdam because of its personality, architecture, facilities, and events. There are loads of opportunities in the port and maritime industry. Due to a traditional lack of innovation and disruption in those industries, there are significant opportunities to innovate and improve the fields.”

Fred Bartels of WeTechRotterdam also believes Rotterdam has a bright future and hopes to contribute to the city’s economic development. “With the help of the municipality and city, Rotterdam can be significant in Europe. An initiative like WeTechRotterdam is not trying to compete with other organisations and initiatives, but rather trying to create an umbrella that helps connect the existing stakeholders and further develop Rotterdam’s ecosystem.”

Attracting entrepreneurs

Based on the growing demand for tech talent, initiatives and investments, Rotterdam holds a promising future and is becoming increasingly attractive for entrepreneursInnovation Quarter, an organization aiming to enhance the economy and employment rates in West Holland, shares,

“In 2017, some 115 foreign companies opened an office or expanded their business in West Holland. These firms are expected to create in excess of 2,300 new jobs and to invest more than half a billion euros in the region. Since 2014, The Hague Business Agency, Rotterdam Partners and Innovation Quarter have been actively collaborating to place the region in the global spotlight and to attract and support foreign companies. This has paid off: over 30% of international companies that set up business in the Netherlands last year chose West Holland, compared to 20% in 2014.

The continual growth of the region thus indicates the potential for startups to create buzz in Rotterdam. Although the city has been long established for its ports and often referred as the “Gateway to the World,” we can see how this nickname can soon apply to new tech ventures and innovation amongst the startup community.

Much gratitude to everyone who so graciously spent their time to sit down with us and talk about Rotterdam. You can learn more about them and their companies below.

Birgit Vene (Business Developer) - The open source platform for crowdsourced learning and knowledge sharing.
Martijn van Citteren (Tech Recruiter) - Coolblue: One of the largest online shops in the Benelux.
Erik van Aalzum (Chief of Product), Adriaan Mutter (IT Architect) - Jedlix: A smart charging application for electric vehicles.
Fred Bartels (Program Manager) - WeTechRotterdam: A non-profit initiative aiming to boost Rotterdam’s tech ecosystem.
Jorrit Glastra (CTO) - Quantib: A Rotterdam based scale-up that provides machine learning radiology software.
Giuseppe Maggiore (CTO) - Hoppinger: A digital agency based in Rotterdam specialising in e-business portals, e-commerce solutions and complete digital transformations.
Frits Klok - TiledMedia: A global frontrunner in flexible, low-latency delivery of extremely high-resolution video content to consumer devices.
Kartika Sidabutar (Marketing Manager) - YES!Delft: A tech incubator that helps entrepreneurs to build and grow leading technology companies.
Lisette Braakenburg (Senior Relationships Manager) - Cambridge Innovation Centre:Acting as a gateway to Europe, CIC Rotterdam expands the existing community of entrepreneurs, investors and established businesses.
Maaike Burgeat (Corporate Recruiter), Vincent Grente (Operations Director) - Lunatech Labs: A Rotterdam-based IT consulting, product research and development company founded in 1993.
Martin Luxemburg (Director) - Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship: The leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe.
Michael Heerkens (CTO) - Helloprint: Europe’s fastest growing online print platform with activities in over 10 European countries.
Tim Nooteboom (Creative Director & Managing Partner) - YipYip: A mobile design and development studio based in Rotterdam.

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We continue to introduce great companies that join Amsterdam Tech Job Fair to find tech talent just like you. It’s Oogst time! A company that helps find, engage and connect customers online with the best digital marketing services.

Starting as a search engine specialist 'Search Factory' Oogst has grown into a digital marketing agency with a strong focus on the use of customer data and online returns. Online channels such as search, display, social and affiliate are effectively managed. Also at a strategic level, Oogst offers a proven approach to properly supported digital growth.

This young, innovative and growing organisation provides services at the highest level. Do you think you’d fit into this ambitious environment? Do you have experience with digital marketing, technology and/or data? Do you want to work for well-known customers? Are you looking for an innovative company with an ambitious, result driven team and involved colleagues? Oogst is always looking for new employees to provide the team with extra knowledge and experience.

Working at Oogst involves working on the development of your skillset in a focused, planned way and in a unique, professional environment. It’s an investment in yourself and in your future. Working for Oogst means being challenged each and every day to get the very best from yourself.

They maintain a healthy work-life balance so you grow professionally while having time for your family and yourself.

It’s time to boost your career. Come and join us at Amsterdam Tech Job Fair - get your tickets now!

You can also learn more about the team if you visit their website, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter!

With only several days left until Amsterdam Tech Job Fair, we’d like you to have another look at our venue partner - Wittenborg University. Today we come to you with an interview with Maggie Feng, the University’s CEO. Check it out to learn more about them and how deeply they get involved with their students.

Who are the creators of your brand? What do they do in life, what are they passionate about?

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1987  by Dutch entrepreneur Williem H Nijkamp. The school quickly grew into an expertise centre for Banking and Insurance and Real Estate Management, providing these industries in the Netherlands with hundreds of graduates.

What's the story behind the creation of your company? What inspired you to start your business?

I got involved with Wittenborg in 2002 and our family took it over in 2008. I was an international exchange student who came to the east of Netherlands, to a city called Deventer, in 1999, from Beijing. I had, later on, worked in the international office of a large public institute. With my experience as a student and a staff of a large university, I have seen all the challenges around international higher education. So turn a private Dutch “Hogeschool” to an international University of Applied Sciences and have full internationalisation going through all different aspects of our organisation, was indeed a passionate dream.

What's your current view on the market you work in? What makes you feel like your brand stands out?

International higher education is vibrant and ever-changing and challenging area to work in. Students from all over the world are moving around the globe to study and to experience foreign lifestyles. I think it is important to not only focus on the academic achievement of the students but also try to understand that there is much more than the lectures and books to formulate their experience. Our brand stands out because we are small in size, we are private and we are truly international. Now we are with around 800 students and with more than 80 nationalities at all times.

Do you have a special story of something unique you did for a client? Something unusual you did as a team, something memorable you'd like to share?

I have buried a Chinese student who came from a poor background, from countryside. She was named Debbie and she is now lying in peace in a small village near Apeldoorn, in Epe.  Her parents decided to leave her here under the care of Wittenborg, after a long battle against 3 different types of cancer. She lost the battle and I have been there with her during her last weeks and days. One can never forget this. We have founded Debbie Foundation to fulfil one of her last wishes.

What's your company culture like? What is that you want to represent?

My company is a very flat and open organisation, like a big family. I would like us all to represent the new way of working: we are structured and flexible at the same time; we learn new knowledge and gain new skills; we run our tasks in teams and in an international environment; we love diversity and we stick to our ethics.

What is your team like? How do you work?

My team drives themselves. I am a true multi-tasker. I work in different teams, I have different roles, I am a project manager, programme planner, internal coach, external relation coordinator, administrative staff member… I love to find the right person for the right job and then let them get on with tasks that they are happy doing. In the end, that is how we grow our organisation.

What kind of people are you looking for? Who's the best match for your team?

I love positive people with a big smile. Different roles and tasks require a different set of skills and knowledge. In the end, an open-minded and inspiring person is best for us.

What benefits and perks do you offer your employees? What's the biggest plus of working for you?

For foreigners who do not speak Dutch fluently, our organisation can make them feel home. We have been through all the same challenges before and many of us having experience in studying and working as foreigners in the Netherlands. We are a family to help and support each other during difficult times and having big celebrations during festival moments.

What are your goals and plans for the future? What's your biggest ambition?

I would like to grow Wittenborg to a top boutique university of Applied Sciences with campuses in various cities. We are now in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna. Soon we will be welcoming the first group of students in London. Who knows, what the next city will be…

And there you have it - now you see why we’re so happy about having Wittenborg University as our venue partner! You can learn more about them by visiting their websiteFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn. And of course, you can see their campus personally after you book your event ticket!

Public speaking isn't easy - not when you've got present yourself before a larger audience. Luckily, American Express which is our exhibitor at Amsterdam Tech Job Fair, will share some tips with you. Have a look!

Introverts may avoid public speaking, but the ability to present with power and confidence can help boost any business. These tips can help introverted leaders who want to improve their presentation skills.

As an introverted business owner or leader, you may not think much about presentation skills.

You may even avoid opportunities to speak in public.

But avoidance may not serve you well. The ability to present with credibility and confidence is a crucial skill. It can help position your company as an industry leader, attract positive attention and help you influence prospective customers.

Here are a few tips to improve your presentation skills and help you mitigate your anxiety about public speaking.

1. Address your fears and control what you can.

Some of the nervousness a public speaker may experience comes from the fear that something might go wrong during the presentation.

While this can apply to an extrovert, the anxiety may be more pronounced for an introverted speaker.

As a speaker, it's not about you. It's about serving your audience. Ask yourself what your audience needs to hear, and how you can share with them the knowledge they seek.

—Susan Cain, author, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

You can't control everything that could go wrong. However, you can mitigate some of the anxiety by asking yourself: “What can go wrong?"

Brainstorm everything that comes to mind and prepare for it. For example:

Fear of Anticipated Questions

Is it fear that you will not have an answer to all the questions? Prepare and rehearse answers to anticipated questions.

Generally, if there's any cost associated with whatever you're proposing, questions on value are likely to come up. Concerns with costs include not only monetary but time investment, extra resources, extra space or additional human resources. Other commonly asked questions include the feasibility or benefits of whatever you're proposing.

Once you've identified all the questions, you can also create some hidden slides with brief bullet points. These slides can address some of the more complex questions that might come up.

Note the slide number of these hidden slides so that you can easily pull them up when needed. (You can do this by typing the number of the slides and pressing "enter." This will take you to the desired slides without having to use the slide sorter.)

Using slides to answer the more complex questions that might come up shows that you have prepared and went the extra mile to make sure you have all the answers for your audience.

Fear of Technological Difficulties

Is it fear that your PowerPoint will not work? Make sure you backup a copy of your PowerPoint slide deck on not only one flash drive but on two or three as flash drives can malfunction. You could also save it to a cloud server.

You can also save your slide deck in PDF which you can use in case your PowerPoint doesn't work at all.

Fear of Forgetting

Is it fear that you will forget what you have to say? You can improve your presentation skills by using the notes section in Presenter View.

You can glance at some of your notes to refresh your memory without the audience noticing that you had a momentary blank.

I asked Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, author of The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength, for her tips on managing the fear of forgetting your content.

"Have a conversation with your audience," Kanhweiler advises. "Get out from behind the podium. You know your material and where you want to go, so connect. You can memorize your opening and close and think about the rest of your speech as having key talking points or 'beats' as the stand-up comics do."

And when you get tense, adds Kahnweiler, "just breathe slowly. Take that pause, as it lets your audience breathe too."

2. Focus on your content.

One way to improve your presentation skills is to avoid approaching your presentation as a performance. Leave that to the extroverts who may do this naturally and enjoy doing it.

People crave meaningful and useful insights to improve their business or their life. If you focus on providing helpful content, the performance will take care of itself.

I asked Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, what is one piece of advice you would give to an introverted speaker who wanted to gain credibility as a presenter.

“Don't act like a motivational speaker if that's not who you are," says Cain. "As a speaker, it's not about you. It's about serving your audience. Ask yourself what your audience needs to hear, and how you can share with them the knowledge they seek. Then you've done your job," she adds.

You're there to present your well-thought-out ideas or insights.

Perhaps you're speaking to outline some useful data the audience has come to hear.

Maybe you're planning to unveil some new, essential initiatives for your company.

Perhaps you intend sharing your unique insights on a topic of interest to your listeners.

Focus on that.

You don't need to tell jokes. Just spend the time to craft a clear exposition of your ideas the way you would do when conversing comfortably with another person. Craft a simple story to illustrate your points, and give some examples to clarify what you mean.

3. Untangle social anxiety from presentation skills.

As an introvert, you likely don't enjoy having to schmooze at cocktails parties. You may also dread small talk or chit-chat with many people at networking events. And large group discussions probably isn't high on your list of favorite activities, too.

Public speaking, however, is different.

For one thing, you are the only one up there speaking, and you don't have to struggle to be heard in a noisy room filled with extroverts. Everyone is there to listen to you!

Moreover, there's no chit-chat or small talk required. You are there to talk about what matters, about your knowledge and expertise. Focusing on the difference between social events and presentations may help lessen your anxiety and improve your presentation skills.

4. Take advantage of technology to manage your anxiety.

Consider a few technology aids that can help mitigate some of your public speaking anxiety and boost your presentation skills.

Presentation Anxiety Apps

  • Azumio: instant heart rate monitor to prompt you to take a few deep breaths to lower your heart rate.
  • Public Speaking HiveBrain: guided meditation to help you relax before the presentation.
  • Virtual Speech: helps you practice in front of a virtual mock audience.

Teleprompter Apps

Teleprompter apps may lower your anxiety about forgetting what you want to say.

Timing Apps

Timer apps can mitigate the fear that you will run out of time or speak so fast that you finish speaking too soon.

5. Relax after a job well-done.

After a successful public presentation, extroverted speakers may seek more contact with others to schmooze, relax and savor the moment in the company of others.

Introverted speakers, on the other hand, likely need some downtime. You may prefer being alone or in the company of a close associate, to reflect on the event and replenish your emotional battery.

Knowing this about yourself, you may want to pre-plan an enjoyable après-presentation ritual to reward yourself for delivering a successful presentation.

Read more articles on presenting.

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Let’s get ready for Amsterdam Tech Job Fair! In before you book your ticket and print your resume, check out another interview we’ve got coming for you. Today you’ll get to meet Anchormen who are looking for people as passionate about transforming the data as they are. Do you have what it takes? See below!

Who are the creators of your brand? What do they do in life, what are they passionate about?
Anchormen is the brainchild of Erik Smit and Martin Schepers, two cousins from the north of the Netherlands. As true technophiles and self-proclaimed geeks, they were always fascinated with pushing the limits of technology. They both studied Computer Science in Groningen and realized that they shared the same goal – to be a part of the technological revolution that was happening around them.

As the company grew, their roles changed multiple times to fit the needs of Anchormen. Martin is nowadays acting managing director that has under his wing and supervision the (technical) development of the solutions. He is also very passionate about Nike sneakers as evident from his impressive collection which you can see on his Instagram account Zneekes.
Erik, on the other hand, transitioned towards the finance and staff departments of which he is currently a manager. Although he doesn’t own as many Nike shoes as Martin, you’ll see a pair of sneakers on his feet almost every day as well, and he loves to sail his boat along the Amsterdam canals.
What's the story behind the creation of your company? What inspired you to start your business?
Back in 2000 when the internet was booming, Anchormen started out in Groningen with the purpose of building modern, tailormade websites and web applications. The company saw healthy growth, both in employees and clients, and in 2008 Rutger Wetzels joined the team to open a second office in Amsterdam. Although business was good, something was missing. Nobody really predicted the exponential growth rate of the internet. The amount of digital data being created annually was surpassing every forecast. And most people were starting to feel unsettled. Everyone knew that this meant change, but nobody could really understand what it meant.

Working with our clients, we noticed that most companies weren’t capable of adequately dealing with their ever-increasing data challenges. So, in 2013, the company shifted focus from web applications to Big Data consultancy and this is when we found our true purpose – to help companies activate their data. Within just a few years a Data Science & A.I. business unit was brought into the fold and our traineeship, the High Potential Program started as well.

This also meant that new people with out-of-the-box ideas were needed in order to make our vision come true. We are always looking for fresh talent in the areas of data science, data engineering, software engineering, and consultancy. Our focus is on providing cutting-edge solutions to our clients and sharing knowledge through our various events, tech talks, and meetups.

What's your current view on the market you work in? What makes you feel like your brand stands out?
The challenge is to develop the field of data science & A.I. in such a way that it achieves its full potential. The biggest companies out there should be driving this change but ironically, they are the ones having the most difficulties because of their size and dependence on outdated models and work in silos. But we are already seeing a change in people’s hearts.

Most realize the importance of data and are making strides towards transformation. This also raises interesting questions, such as how do we train a workforce of professionals that can take advantage of data? There are of course some industries which are predisposed to making the shift first and others which are slowed down because of various interdependencies.

With all of that being said, the industry looks favorable for everyone. There are many companies taking an active role in driving this change and we are one of them. But what makes Anchormen different is our unique approach and underlying values. We feel that the right balance of knowledge, common sense and vision holds the key to cracking data challenges.

We aim to bring meaningful change, but we always start small, working closely with the

client. Our lean ‘Grow Live’ approach revolves around flexibility and short sprints with extensive client feedback moments. This serves both parties because it allows us to test results quickly, improve efficiently, and bring value every step of the way. It enables priorities to be continuously adjusted and new insights to be incorporated.

What's the thing that you appreciate/value/cherish more about what you do as a brand?

Sharing knowledge. We, at Anchormen, have always believed that change must come from within. That’s why we are committed to growing and giving back to the community. That, for us, has meant educating everyone with an appetite for data. We are involved in numerous events, trainings, bootcamps, meetups, and are sponsors of data communities across the Netherlands. And we are always amazed by the sheer dedication and passion that people show in their work and their love for cracking data challenges. We hope to carry on inspiring people and are truly grateful to the Dutch data community for allowing us to continue doing what we are doing and supporting us every step of the way.

Do you have a special story of something unique you did for a client? Something unusual you did as a team, something memorable you'd like to share?
One of the ways in which we measure our success is in how much value we managed to bring to our clients. Here are two short use cases that we are very proud of:

Strukton Rail, Predictive Maintenance

Strukton Rail provides cross-border solutions in the fields of rail infrastructure, railway vehicles, and mobility systems. Their goal is to achieve optimal availability, reliability, and safety of the Dutch railway system. With that in mind, we started working together on a project to achieve that goal.
A lot of intricate work goes into developing a railway system and the infrastructure surrounding it. The goal of the joint project was to develop a model that can effectively predict rail track failure, so that maintenance can be planned which doesn’t affect daily traffic. As reactive maintenance costs resources and more importantly a lot of time, a proactive approach needed to be applied in order to avoid vehicle delays.

The solution we developed employs big data and A.I for predictive maintenance, based on current, temperature, and pressure. Moreover, the advanced video analysis and smart algorithms put in place allow Strukton to detect rail track anomalies. All of this permits the company to identify possible railway failure 7 days in advance; thus, maintenance can be scheduled in a way that doesn’t affect planned traffic.

MAG45, MRO Solutions

MAG45, part of the Solar Group, is an integrated supply service provider for industrial applications in the machine equipment OEM’s, pharmaceutical, and FMCG markets. They facilitate a large part of the purchase process of their clients; meaning that they purchase more than 1,5 million different items from several thousand suppliers. Working with so many suppliers means that MAG45 sits on enormous amounts of data. Unfortunately, all of it is unorganized in the database as it doesn’t use one uniform structure; every supplier uses its own format. This means searching through the data to match it is a very grueling task. Moreover, the sales cycle becomes longer as the speed by which new projects are picked up depends on how fast existing ones can be finished.

We built for them a big data platform that can store all the current (and new) data, and matched it, thus making it retrievable in a precise and automated manner. Currently, the platform holds more than 8 million items! In the end, the onboarding time of new customers was greatly reduced from 1 year to only 3 months. This is the power of big data done right!

What's your company culture like? What is that you want to represent?

Anchormen is a technology-driven, engaging and inspiring employer, who values innovation, quality, reliability and fun. We also encourage self-development, so our employees can reach their full potential. We do not believe in micro-management, but we give our people the freedom to perform optimally.
Innovation is at the heart of the Anchormen mentality. Our people are truly passionate about finding new, and creative ways to solve problems. We offer great opportunities to young talents and take time to inspire curious minds. But we are also looking for people that can own their initiative; you are responsible for your success.

We are proud of our open work atmosphere. We encourage an entrepreneurial mindset and personal drive.

Although we have grown quite quickly in recent years, we do not have a cumbersome corporate culture. We always value innovation, quality, reliability and fun, which makes us a group of enthusiastic specialists who would like to share their knowledge, especially during our quarterly Innovation Days, tech talks, and various events. We also organize annual company outings, Christmas events, game nights and Friday afternoon drinks.

What is your team like? How do you work?

The Anchormen team consists of architects, consultants, engineers, data scientists, and staff. Professionals that each have their own expertise, but also share a passion; finding new ways to solve (big) data problems.
We use the cross-functional teams structure – smaller teams of people with different knowledge and expertise that work together on projects. This has allowed us to escape the silo structure of departments and to continuously be on top of our game. In our experience, this method of working allows us to gain better insight, be faster to brainstorm more innovative ideas, and to foster team spirit and communication.

What kind of people are you looking for? Who's the best match for your team?
We are looking for people that have the Anchormen gene. This for us means four main things: curiosity, proactiveness, confidence, and pragmatism.

Our client base is constantly growing and this means we are always looking for data scientists, data engineers, machine learning engineers, tech leads, data platform consultants and many more!

What benefits and perks do you offer your employees? What's the biggest plus of working for you?

The biggest plus working for us is the variety of work, the interesting projects, and our colleagues. But what is more, Anchormen always takes care of its employees. Working with us means that you can expect a certain level of comfort. We want everyone to come with a smile to work, because of that you can expect that all of your professional needs will be met.

On top of that, we frequently organize events which everyone can join, have fun team outings, send employees to conferences, provide budget for personal training and development.

We also organize quarterly Innovation days, frequent tech talks, Friday afternoon drinks and free lunch on some days. Our goal is to create an environment that encourages growth and innovation, but also fun!

What are your goals and plans for the future? What's your biggest ambition?

Our ambition is to continue our growth in projects, in-house skills and fun! Ultimately, we want to become the leading specialist in production-grade AI solutions. Currently, our focus is on our three main solutions - Smart Industry, Customer Insights, and MRO.
There you have it - was it enough to learn more about Anchormen? Remember - you can meet them in person at Amsterdam Tech Job Fair - book your ticket right now. You can also visit their website, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn!

This time our Tech Job Fair is coming to Amsterdam! As we want it to be as productive as possible, we present the companies that join us in search of new teammates one at a time. Today you get to meet Zoom, the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.

Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in the board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done. Zoom is a private company headquartered in San Jose, California.

Zoom has built the most innovative video conferencing solution with the world's most talented team. Eric S. Yuan, founder and CEO, is a web conferencing industry leader who was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric left WebEx in 2011 with an all-star engineering team to build the next generation of online video conferencing. Zoom's engineers have over 1000 years of combined experience working on real-time collaboration software.


The Zoom team is expanding and the company is in search of tech talent to join their team and build on their amazing story. Delivering happiness is the team’s mission, both to each other and to customers. They understand that it may happen only when each of the teammates has the same mission in life. That’s why they are looking for people who are caring, have high integrity and a self-learning mentality.

As mentioned above, bringing happiness is not only about customers, it’s about the team as well. Caring for the employees the company offers a lot of benefits to make sure you are happy with your job and at the same time have time for your family.

“The best benefit of working for Zoom is the team of hand-picked amazing coworkers you get to work with. Our culture is truly caring and transparent. When it comes to perks, offer delicious daily lunches, flexible schedules, generous benefits, book reimbursement, massage chairs, and much more.”, says the company about the benefits of working for Zoom.

As having fun is also essential to relax and get to work with more passion and motivation, Zoom has a 65-person volunteer Happy Crew that manage who organize events, where the employees get to bond, bring in their families, and connect with each other.

Want to join Zoom in its mission to bring happiness? Amsterdam Tech Job Fair is the right place to come. Get your tickets and get ready, we look forward to meeting you!

You can also learn more about the team if you visit their website, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter!

Urban Sports Club is one of the exhibitors coming to our Berlin Tech Job Fair this week! Have a look below to check out the interview with their team!

What's the story behind the creation of your company?

Urban Sports Club offers a flexible sports flatrate. The mission is to help people lead a more healthy and active lifestyle. Club members can choose from 50+ activities - ranging from classic gym workout, swimming, yoga, or bouldering, to team sports and lots more - and more than 3.000 partner venues in Germany, Italy and France. Variety, flexible conditions as well as team sports and wellness are offered both for private customers and companies.

Urban Sports GmbH was founded in 2012 by Moritz Kreppel and Benjamin Roth in Berlin, Germany. After two years of bootstrapping, the company secured an early-stage financing in 2015 and went on to acquire four of its German competitors. In December 2016, the former competitor Somuchmore joined the German market leader; FITrate joined in 2018.

What's your company culture like?

Our motto is WorkOUT Life Balance, which can be seen in our company culture as well. We do sports together during our monthly team events or in our lunch break, but we also enjoy after-work beers together. We enhance a direct and constructive feedback culture where everyone can express his opinion. Moreover, we like flat hierarchies to achieve the best possible outcome. Everyone at Urban Sports Club has the autonomy and freedom to include their ideas to shape our future.

What is your team like? How do you work?

At USC we are passionate about sport, think on our feet and find bold new solutions while working in an international team. Our goal is to build a community where different people with different backgrounds come together. Currently our team consists of more than 12 nationalities working for Urban Sports Club. We don’t have fixed working hours because we trust everyone to get his work done. Also we promote teamwork, where people are open to help each other when needed.

What kind of people are you looking for?

People that share our vision, are exited about our product and are willing to work hard in order to achieve something great. People that work for Urban Sports Club are open minded, curious and bold.

Who's the best match for your team?

Anyone with the right attitude, skills and mindset. At Urban Sports Club we want people that live our culture while positively shaping it.

What benefits and perks do you offer your employees?

We offer a week of companywide onboarding, monthly team events, two USC memberships with your contract, snacks and drinks at the office and a really dynamic, motivated team in  addition to a permanent full-time contract and many opportunities to grow.
Sounds interesting? Make sure to book your ticket for the fair while it’s still available! Don’t forget to visit the company page, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Hello, Berlin job seekers!

Our last event in our city - the spring edition - turned out to be a huge success. We’ve been looking forward to yet another event in Berlin and honestly - we’re so proud about how many people and companies are going to join us on the 15th of November!

There’s so many of you we had to move to another, bigger venue! But enough of that - surely you want to learn more about the companies that are joining us next week. Check out the full list below.

Fyber joins is in search of new employees that will help them run and develop their monetization platform. Their need tech minds and creative people to support their effort and they have a lot to offer in return. Are you in?

The designers of mobile banking solutions, n26, are always looking forward to creating the solutions of the future. Modern, mobile banking is their idea to make the world a more accessible place. Become a part of their team to make this dream come true! is one of the companies that join us for another time - and always, we’re so happy to see them return. They design a platform that helps tech people like you find their next job. Will you help them in their mission?

Axel Springer is Europe’s leading digital publisher. They offer a great workplace with numerous employee perks and go above and beyond to spread the good journalistic practices.  Would you join their team in Berlin?

Do we really have to introduce American Express? The global leader of financial services helps their customers in practically every aspect of their lives. Now, you can join their company and grow your career together with them.

Appnexus operates a global marketplace for digital advertising and powerful enterprise technology for buyers and sellers of digital ads. They’re with us in Berlin to find motivated, creative and hard-working people who will make their business even more successful.

Magix provides their customer with high-end multimedia software. If you want to help them create their products for, among the others, the music industry, you should definitely talk to them at the Berlin Tech Job Fair!

Gastrofix is proud about their 14,000 licenses sold and 130 employees in seven countries. They create software for app-based cash register systems and now they need more people to join their team. Do you think you’ve got what it takes?

LucaNet team are the leading providers of software, training, and consulting for financial performance management solutions. They’re looking for people who, just like them, are creative and open-minded. If you’re this kind of person, talk to them at the Berlin Tech Job Fair next week!

Wayfair creates a place where you’ll find all you need to make your house, a home. Join their international team of a truly global company. Discover what a career in a company such as theirs feels like!

Productsup provides a full and intelligent solution that a client needs to manage all their product data. Now, their team looks for more people as the company is expanding. We’re happy to have them join our event again - make sure you talk to them! provides you with hand-picked jobs for you to master your skills – it’s fast, efficient, and of course free. selects jobs exclusively for IT developers. In Berlin, they’re looking for equally creative and challenge seeking employees that will help them grow and expand.

At Zoi, the company heart beats for code, cloud, data, electrical engineering and creation. We focus on enterprise technologies which are state of the art or will be in the future. They’re in need of people who think and feel the same about the technology. If you do, stop by their stand in Berlin!

Advanced Blockchain are the industry experts in the crypto-capital. If you’re a person equally passionate about what they do, this is your chance to speed up your career in this industry. Meet them at the fair - they’ll be waiting for you.

Bonial joins us for another of our events. We’re happy to have them again and introduce them to you as the designers of a smart deal and shopping app. You can help them create it - just check out who they’re looking for.

Oberlo is a marketplace that makes it easy to find awesome products to sell online. Be the person to help them create it. If you’re creative, challenge-seeking and result-oriented, this is the team right for you.

Flightright helps the air passengers protect their rights as they travel by planes. If this cause is close to your heart, you will definitely find yourself at home among the company’s team members. Check out who they’re looking for and meet them at the Berlin Fair!

Help Raisin create the first and only pan-European deposit marketplace. Joining their teams opens countless possibilities for you. Make the most of it t ensure your speedy career in Berlin and your growth as a professional.

Movinga, a smart moving company, returns to our event in search of employees. We already know them and we can promise you - if you’re looking for a job in an innovative company solving daily problems, this is a team for you.

Urban Sports Club makes it possible for their customers to discover the best sports offer in their city. If you too are all about the motion and active lifestyle, you can now make it your work too - and help them create their product.

Byrd describe themselves as “complete e-commerce logistics online at a glance. Worldwide shipping in one click.” They’re searching for people who are willing to help their customer succeed in business. Why not give it a try? is a developer-focused job platform, on a mission to get every developer a great job. We know them well from the previous events they joined us for. We guarantee you, they’re the company people love working for.

Expertlead is a B2B matching platform for top tech freelancers: software developers, blockchain experts, data scientists, and designers. You can join their team and help people connect to deliver awesome projects. Just reach out to them on our job fair!

COMTRAVO was designed from the ground up to fit the needs of medium-sized companies who would rather spend less time and money sorting out their business travel and more time getting actual business done. If their mission sounds like something that resonates with you, check out what they have to say in Berlin!

MTA is a talent agency that helps people take their careers to next level. Is this something you’d like to do in your life? If it is, find them at Berlin Tech Job Fair and see who they’re after!

FEINGOLD Technologies provide solutions to improve health, relationships and productivity. Help them grow and expand as they build their business with you onboard. Your career in their company is such one step from you!

VISIONAPARTMENTS continues to push ahead and stand out through innovation, identifying new trends in furnished living and being a trendsetter itself. Now they open their company door for you - so you can join their team and accelerate your career. Don’t waste this chance!

Nanos platform is an online platform that makes placing paid advertisements a straightforward process accessible to any small & medium sized business around the world. Their tech solutions attract their clients, and their team - new employees. And now you can become one of them too!

Elevate Recruitment Limited is a northwest based recruitment agency/consultancy. In Berlin, they’ll be looking for more ambitious people to join their team and help them drive their business forward. Do you think you’ve got what it takes?

Talented is a new management agency for developers and members of software development teams. Get hired to help them grow and meet new challenges every single day. If that’s what you’re looking for, they’ll be waiting for you in Berlin!

And there you have it - all these awesome companies will present at our Berlin Tech Job Fair next week. Make sure to book your tickets and show up - this may be your only chance to join their teams!

Berlin Tech Job Fair is almost here and we are sure it will be a great event! Amazing companies join us to find the best tech talent in the city and Flightright is one of them.

Flightright helps all passengers to exercise their rights and enforce them with the airlines. So what do they do differently? The conventional approach of going to see a lawyer is not the most convenient and can often involve a lot obstacles. At Flightright, they are committed to enforcing passenger rights with an online-based legal service. This service is known as "legal tech" and it is a refreshing alternative to the conventional legal practice.

At Flightright they proudly maintain the position as market-leading pioneers in the judicial enforcement of compensation payments for air passengers. Having successfully enforced over 150 million euros in compensation payouts, and with a steadily growing team of more than 100 employees from 18 different countries, they have been on an impressive journey since 2010. The best part? The team is not about to stop any time soon!

Join Flightright and help them with their ongoing mission to create a completely new way of empowering and supporting consumers to assert their rights and get the compensation they deserve. Flightright’s success is built on their legal expertise, advanced automatic technical processes and passion for giving air passengers access to justice.

Are you interested in joining a fast-growing, international company where you’ll be a part of transforming the legal market? Do you enjoy working in an environment where you’re given control and influence over many things? A workplace where internationality, different languages and cultures help create an open-minded atmosphere and where you can rely on having fun while challenging yourself? Then Flightright is the place you need.

Berlin Tech Job Fair is the right place to meet some of this amazing team and get a chance to join them. Get your tickets and get ready for big changes!

You can also learn more about Flightright if you visit their websiteFacebookLinkedin and Twitter!

Delivering an Exceptional Mortgage Customer Experience for Allied Irish Bank from Wipro Digital on Vimeo.

A great mortgage customer experience is hugely important for Allied Irish Bank (AIB). Yet in the first half of 2016, AIB experienced a drop in its Net Promoter Score. The bank hired Wipro Digital to design and deliver a new, exceptional mortgage customer experience, starting from the customer’s perspective. The results to date have been received favourably and the programme has set a new standard within the bank.

Do you want to find a dream job in Dublin? We have a great news for you! Dublin Tech Job Fair is your chance to meet great companies operating in Dublin which look for tech talent to join them. Crossvale is one of them. Learn more about them from this post and see if you fit in their team!

In simple terms, Crossvale does the following:

  • Integrates clients’ applications and data
  • Measures clients’ business processes (including development processes)
  • Improves clients’ operational efficiencies
  • All in Real-Time

Crossvale was founded in 2001. Since then the company’s mission has been to build a professional service organisation that offers more than just technical excellence. After many years working on integration projects on a variety of platforms, in 2015, the company decided to shift its focus towards open source projects. The team has been working to provide the necessary infrastructure to create a new competency across the company. At the moment, Crossvale is working on converting the company’s assets into open source projects as well as creating new assets that speed up the company’s access to the market.

Are you ready for an exciting career in IT field? Crossvale gives the chance to ignite your career by joining their team.

Crossvale has a culture that focuses on the growth of each employee. It allows continuing to learn and grow as a professional. There are a lot of benefits in case you work with this company including:

  • Great health and dental plans
  • 401K Matching
  • Regular reviews and goal setting
  • Training/education reimbursement
  • Challenging work
  • Social outings
  • Competitive salary

Looks like this is the company you are looking for? Come to Dublin Tech Job Fair and show them you are the right candidate. Get your tickets now!

You can also learn more about the team if you visit their websiteFacebookLinkedin and Twitter!

Fineway is one of the companies which joined us for Munich Tech Job Fair on the 25th of October! Despite the event being behind us already, they’re still looking for more talented people to join their team. Check out the company interview below!

Who are the creators of your brand? What do they do in life, what are they passionate about?

Fineway was founded by Markus Bohl (CEO) and Markus Feigelbinder (COO), both passionate about travel, innovation, and data science.

What's the story behind the creation of your company? What inspired you to start your business?

The driver for Fineway’s business model: To give people some of their valuable time back. Both founders are passionate travelers and, before any journey, struggled to allocate sufficient time to plan the travel. Because for them, traveling is not flying to the same destination and staying in the same hotel every year, but experience something completely new each and every time they spend away from home.

What's your current view on the market you work in? What makes you feel like your brand stands out?

The conservative travel market has a lot of potential to modernize and to face new business models. With the rise of voice-based search to become the dominating traffic channel within the next 18-24 months, the stakes to target, acquire & retain travelers are re-divided. With its conversational AI, Fineway has a real first mover opportunity which we are going to leverage.

What's the thing that you appreciate/value/cherish more about what you do as a brand?

At Fineway we work with some of the most innovative technologies. We know how to leverage the potential of data and on that basis create real experiences.

  1. Do you have a special story of something unique you did for a client? Something unusual you did as a team, something memorable you'd like to share?

Our whole business is about unique things we do for clients. Every journey they book with Fineway should be something special. It is a mix of many components and sometimes it requires to arrange that a 1.5 meter teddy bear can travel with the family.

What's your company culture like? What is that you want to represent?

Our company culture is based on openness, trust and the excitement for new technologies. We give you the chance to leverage your potential and develop yourself at high pace.

What is your team like? How do you work?

Our team is international and highly talented. Our daily work is characterized by flat hierarchies, flexibility and transparency. We give you full responsibility for your tasks and encourage you to make the most out of it. Next to all the work we don’t forget to have fun. Fineway’s office is located right next to the Theresienwiese, the venue of the Oktoberfest...

What kind of people are you looking for? Who's the best match for your team?

It’s a match if you’re passionate about innovation and technology. You should get excited by loads of data and have ideas how to use it.

What benefits and perks do you offer your employees? What's the biggest plus of working for you?

Working for Fineway provides you with the opportunity to grow your skills in an inspirational, fast-paced, and challenging environment. We offer On-the-job coaching and regular, detailed feedback for your personal development.

1What are your goals and plans for the future? What's your biggest ambition?

We believe the future of travel is not search & compare but a smart conversation to instantly create personalized trips that match your unique style & personal preferences. With our conversational AI we are ambitious to become one of the top players within the changing travel market.

Berlin Tech Job Fair brings great companies and tech talent together once again. This is a great chance both for those who want to grow their business and find new teammates and for those who are looking for a dream job. Meet LucaNet who wants to meet you at our Tech Job Fair.

Rolf-Jürgen Moll and Oliver Schmitz founded LucaNet in 1999 with the goal to provide a software solution for planning, controlling, and financial consolidation. They came up with the visionary idea of a software solution for planning, controlling, and financial consolidation. Responding to the gap in the market, LucaNet paid close attention to ensure maximum ease of use by even inexperienced IT users. Together with Dominik Duchon, the two founders remain executive directors. Now LucaNet is a leading provider of corporate performance management solutions.

The team of LucaNet continues to work hard on improving their products, making them faster, easier to use and more efficient. As a growing and international company, they have plenty of ideas for the future. Their main aim is to advance LucaNet’s global success.

LucaNet has a motivated team of bright minds. Professional, customer-focused, and forward-thinking are the attributes that have defined their approach and the expertise they have developed over the course of the past years. They are always open to new ideas. At LucaNet, a friendly, well-oiled team is the key to success. Ambitious and dedicated, but fun and team spirit are not missed out on.

Now LucaNet is looking for teammates to join them. No matter if you’ve studied computer science or entered from a different educational background, they offer varied working areas in frontend, backend, performance and more. If you like to work with databases or to develop new sophisticated UI components, if you’re interested in algorithms, or if you prefer to stick to the performance under the hood, you will find a good fit for you and get space to develop.

Feels like you are the one LucaNet is looking for? Berlin Tech Job Fair gives you the chance to meet this amazing team in person. Grab your free tickets and get ready!

You can also learn more about the team if you visit their website!

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Our Tech Job Fair is coming to Munich! To get ready to the event we want you to meet Mimecast, that provides email cloud services in security and archiving.

They believe that securely operating a business in the cloud requires new levels of IT preparedness, centered around cyber resilience. This is why they unify the delivery and management of security, continuity and data protection for email via one, simple-to-use cloud platform.

Thousands of organizations and more than 30,000 global customers trust Mimecast to increase their cyber resilience preparedness, streamline compliance, reduce IT complexity and keep their business running. The company gives employees fast and secure access to sensitive business information, and ensures email keeps flowing in the event of an outage. Mimecast will remain committed to protecting your IT assets through constant innovation and focus on your success.

Mimecast empowers its customers with a holistic approach to cybersecurity designed to secure, preserve and continue the flow of information via email. They prepare you for every stage of an attack:

  1. The right security services in place before an attack happens – focused both on prevention and adapting after an attack happens.
  2. A durability plan to keep email – and your business operations – running during an attack or failure.
  3. The ability to recover data and other corporate IP after an incident or attack occurs.

Are you ready to move ahead of adversaries? This broad-based, multidimensional cyber resilience strategy covers everything you need to stay ahead of today’s evolving threat landscape – all from a single cloud platform.

Keep email flowing; business operations running; employees productive; and data accessible and recoverable.

Mimecast is growing and they are creating a truly global business. But growth isn't just about scale. It's about being better, and it's about maturing without getting old. They want to make sure the company’s culture remains intact even as they grow. And in the end, making that happen is about people like you.

Do you feel you are the right person Mimecast is looking for? Munich Tech Job Fair gives you a unique chance to meet some of the team in person. Grab your free tickets and get ready!

You can also learn more about the team if you visit their website, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter!

Dream about finding a great job in Munich? Munich Tech Job Fair is the opportunity you shouldn’t miss! Get ready to the big event and in the meanwhile meet 3DEXCITE, one of the great companies that join us.

3DEXCITE embraces the fact that business is changing and transformation never stops. They dedicate every moment to navigating the digital horizon and are obsessed with defining the future, today. Who do you think 3DEXCITE is? This company is more than just software. They are the disruptors, rebels, techies, geeks, artists, futurists, digital fanatics, visual provocateurs, marketing mavericks, strategists, consultants, business partners, revolutionaries, anarchists & platform pioneers. As social creatures, they live for engagement, feedback, sharing, collaboration and networking. The team thrives on diversity. They are Europe, Asia and the Americas. The sun never sets at 3DEXCITE and they are always ON and always CONNECTED – with their feet firmly planted in the CLOUD.

With over 750 employees at 15 offices worldwide, they have first-class creative and technical gurus shaping the product marketing landscape and partnering with agencies to leverage innovative solutions for their end-clients across industries. Their colleagues represent more than 50 different nationalities in total. The conversation is always interesting and the engagement is always rich.

3DEXCITE is looking for new talents to join them and imagine new horizons. Do you think you fit the team? Then grab your tickets for Munich Tech Job Fair, meet them in person and show what you can do!

You can also learn more about the team if you visit their website, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter!