In that famous TV ad for Donegal Catch, the hapless trawlerman’s recipe ideas are kept ‘on file. In a filing cabinet’. And that’s exactly where they’re going to stay.
It was the realization that so many CVs suffer a similar fate that got Stephen Quinn wondering if there wasn’t a better way to organise the world of recruitment – and, he says, ‘bring an old-world industry to life’.
Stephen is the CEO of Jobbio and established the company with his brother John Quinn in 2013. His idea was a digital platform that enables people to apply privately to companies they want to work for – with what Jobbio calls a ‘live bio’. This is basically a continually updateable rich-media-style CV. As such, it does a much better job of representing a candidate than the usual anonymous-piece-of-paper-style CV that it replaces. ‘It puts you in charge of your own data’ is how Stephen sums it up.
the live CV helps you to tell your story in a richer, more meaningful way
There’s something very simple and brilliant about this – Dublin.ie is reminded of that bit in The Social Network when the Zuckerberg character is inspired to add the relationship status notice to a Facebook page. So far, so Silicon Valley. Except that Jobbio’s headquarters are in Dublin, and that’s where all Stephen’s education and early experience of the working world took place.
Indeed, there’s something very Dublin about this latest contender for the noun-that-became-a-verb prize – as in I’ll just Google him, Instagram that, Jobbio myself. Dubliners love a good story – and as Stephen says, ‘the live CV helps you to tell your story in a richer, more meaningful way’. Dublin and the Dublin business community is compact enough to put people in touch with each other quickly – and so, to an extent, does Jobbio: ‘we help people connect directly with the company they’re interested in’, says Stephen.
If Jobbio’s on a mission to allow people’s real character to shine in an online marketplace for jobs, then maybe it was destined to be born in one of the world’s most characterful cities.
These days, with offices in New York and London, Stephen is as often as not just off a plane. Who better qualified than him, then, to evaluate his home for its start-up- nurturing qualities – and its suitability as a place to build up a globally scalable software business?
so many of the big tech companies are in Dublin, so it’s easier for us to get direct access to our customers
‘Initially’, Stephen says, ‘we got help from the our local enterprise board. Then they put us in touch with Enterprise Ireland – who named us as one of their high potential start-ups. The system worked for well for us in that sense.’
Equally important form Jobbio’s point of view, however is the fact that ‘so many of the big tech companies are in Dublin, so it’s easier for us to get direct access to our customers. You can acquire international customers more easily here. We’re neighbours. And we’ve been able to launch in London on the strength of our relationships with brands there that we were already working with in Dublin’.
But enough about work, Stephen.
Dublin.ie: What’s your favourite pub in Dublin?
SQ: Smyth’s of Haddington Road. It’s next door to the office.
SQ: Asador, Haddington Road
SQ: The barbecue stick for less than a tenner. Oh, and my brother is one of the owners.
Dublin.ie: What’s your commute like?
SQ: I live on Baggot Street so I’ve got a five minute walk to the office.
Dublin.ie: Good place for a round of golf?
SQ: Powerscourt – breakfast and your green fee for €50
Dublin.ie: Nice place for a walk?
SQ: Banks of the Dodder or the Dargle
Not the Thames or the Hudson, then? Dublin.ie says proper order!