Necessity is the mother of invention. Chris Johnson and his partner Tarek Pertew were once startup guys who founded a software company in New York, but within one year they lost their CTO three times. It appeared that recruiting was a bigger problem to solve.
“What we recognized is that startups by their very nature cannot be very good at recruiting because they simply don’t have the staff, “ said Chris Johnson. “And on the flipside, there are so many companies that get funding and are growing, yet it is really hard to figure out who they are.”
Recruiting for startups is a nice problem to have, but it is still a problem. Together they founded Wakefield and a startup recruitment daily email list. Soon they branched out to events and set out to create a new type of job fair for startups both big and small. One that they would want to attend that was hip, fun, had great speakers and promoted networking. They called it UnCubed to inspire seekers to free themselves of the static 9-to-5.
They held UnCubed first in their hometown of New York, where Silicon Alley is bustling with startups. They were able to secure sponsorships from heavyweights like Meetup, Facebook and Spotify, but also from smaller companies like MediaMath, Divide and Cater2.Me. Their goal is to pair startups in various stages of growth with the specific talent pool they need to continue to expand. Talent needs often range from engineers, UX/UI designers, biz dev, marketing/pr, project managers and community managers.
What makes it fun? The bar, the napkin pitch contest, the art battle, startup storytelling, workshops and an after party. It will be held on the beach of course, at the Annenberg Beach House. It aims to feel more like an industry event than a job fair by bringing exciting content into the mix.
UnCubed has partnered with Coloft, MuckerLab and Carbon Five. Companies like Fullscreen, Honest Company, Subblime, Daqri, Factual and SpaceX will be attendance amongst others.
Speakers will include:
- Avesta Rasouli, Founder of Coloft
- Lane Halley, Carbon 5 and Lean Expert
- Gerry Campbell, Entrepreneur/Investor
- Robert Jadon, Director of Startup UCLA
- Joel Simkhai, Founder of Grindr
- Patrick Vlaskovitz, Entrepreneur/Author
- Matt Munson, Founder of Instacanvas
- Erik Rannala, Founder of MuckerLab
- Mike Jones, Founder of Science
- Patrick Rue, Founder of The Bruery
To check out the full lineup, or buy tickets click here.
Look for UnCubed to come to Philadelphia, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, London and Berlin soon.