India is full of young talent. What they need is right guidance and encouragement, and they can do wonders. We are going through a time where many start-ups are working on such ideas which are changing our lives. Thanks to Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi for encouraging Indian Start-ups through “Start-up Indian Stand-up India”.
At MotivateMe.in we always try to cover those Start-ups who are doing something which could be helpful for the masses. In this series here we are covering Hirenodes, a Bangalore bases start-up which is creating a platform to find freelancers in the same city. Here’s our complete interview with the Founders Pankaj Goyal & Sunil Sant.
Please let us know about your venture and how it’s different from others?
In our nation with young ambitious mind, freelancing has rapidly grown as a career choice. Henceforth keeping the above statement in mind, Hirenodes was born. As the term Hirenodes itself signifies tying nodes between the freelancers and the employers; it was built on the idea of finding a freelancer in the same city to make it easy for the employers to have the opportunity of one on one work environment. We are a team of highly motivated individuals who work together as a team helping people finding the right job.
As the time progressed we decided to introduce the already tested and proven referral feature. This helped our users to find that trust factor of hiring a freelancer known by someone in their network, which prior we never had. We are on our path to build a platform that could enable referral based hiring as a primary channel for hiring. Our aim is to quicken the association between local businesses and top-tier freelancers in major Indian cities.
How did you get the idea to start this?
We as a whole have been working as a part of various start-ups for almost a decade now, we’ve always had problems with hiring of good resources. It was during this time that one of us (Pankaj) realised every organisation encountered hiring issues. After some research he understood that referrals formed the best source of hires.
We launched referral-based platforms in early 2015 and solution was used by various clients. Unfortunately, as they had found road block, when social media platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook restricted their API access.
When we were interacting with Hirenodes clients, we discovered that Rapid rise in the number of technologies is a challenge for many companies, to hire a full time staff every time and acquiring new skills for exiting employees is not very time and cost effective for small companies.
Soon, we pivoted our approach and we launched Hirenodes freelancers’ discovery platform in august 2015.
The team decided to solve it by connecting local freelancers directly to employers. I believe that it was easier to connect with a freelancer near you, speak to them directly and, if possible, hire someone who can work out of the client’s office to complete tasks. We know finding a freelancer nearby isn’t the only thing solving the problem hence we introduced referrals in our flow. Referrals have been around for a while and is the most trusted source of hiring.
Let us know about the people who are behind this venture?
Our team includes three co-founders (including me) and interns. All the co-founders have 10+ years of experience in product industry and worked together for last 5 years.
Pankaj has 11+ years’ experience in multiple start-ups’ and PaaS Product Development. He has been working with start-up since the beginning of his career. Started with Picsquare (online photo printing and customize gift portal). Picsquare was acquired by Infibeam.
Sunil has 12+ Years of experience in building SaaS products and Scalable solutions. He worked for 7 years with July systems. He created and managed unique service platform for Intel next generation chips.
Shiva Kumar has 10+ years of experience in technology and has developed many solution using open source technology. He has developed a SaaS SOA container service for high performance and reliability.
Have you got any kind of funding, if not do you have any such plans?
All the investment done till now has been by the co-founders. However we are open to external funding as well.
How big is your team size and from which location do you operate?
We are a team of 5 including founders and employees working altogether from India’s Silicon Valley, namely Bengaluru.
What are your future plans?
The future plans include getting more companies on board ton increase the job posting on the platform. More jobs means more closures and better reputation. Currently we are android only, bit we will be launching a fully functional web and IOs version in the coming months.
Which is one thing which motivates you to be in this field?
As you most likely are aware we began on making things simple for people in technology driven world, no matter what comes our way this enthusiasm keeps us going to help freelancers locate the right job for their abilities and for employers to recruit right person for their requirement without much hustle.
Find Hirenodes on