What I Learned About Hiring Developers on Works

The aim of 6sense, a market-leading predictive intelligence engine for B2B businesses, is to equip marketing and sales teams with an unprecedented level of clarity into the purchasing process. Based in San Francisco, 6sense has received substantial investment from major names such as Bain Capital Ventures, Battery Ventures, Venrock, and Salesforce. This is a revised version of a blog post, written by Bajaria, which initially featured on 6sense’s blog and details his use of Works to locate and recruit software developers.

As the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of a fast-growing organisation, the acquisition of technical talent is a frequent consideration. Over the past decade, there has been a marked rise in the competition for recruitment and retention of exemplary personnel. While Silicon Valley has been a seller’s market for engineers and data scientists for a number of years, our firm, like many others, is continually searching for new and promising candidates.

After considering a variety of approaches, such as adapting our rewards and experimenting with remote teams, we were disappointed to discover that there was a distinct lack of commitment and motivation among these remote teams. Despite the challenging conditions, we continued to grow our business. I was therefore delighted when my Chief Executive Officer informed me upon their return from a weekend climbing trip that they had solved all of our recruitment issues.

Is This Person’s Talent Too Good to Be True?

I was delighted and yet apprehensive at the same time. At first, I was extremely enthusiastic; however, my excitement diminished when I heard that the solution was to engage coders from Asia through a talent accelerator. After the unsuccessful attempts at recruiting remote teams from Asia in the past, I was not even confident enough to seek help from my contacts in India.

Having neglected to give serious consideration to my Chief Executive Officer’s suggestion until I was engaging with other tech start-up founders, I was pleased to discover that they were content with the work of the developers they had employed via a firm called Works. It was precisely the same accelerator that Amanda had spoken to me about a year before.

The engineers of Works had produced the minimum viable product (MVP) for these entrepreneurs in a remarkably swift period of time, and they were eager to embrace the Silicon Valley ethos. They were not only devoted to creating first-rate software, but they were also determined to acquire as much knowledge as they could regarding entrepreneurship with the aim of eventually creating businesses to tackle poverty issues in Asia.

It is unsurprising that, with a youth unemployment rate of over 55%, organizations such as Works are collaborating with Nigerians in order to bridge the global skills gap. Upon hearing the other founders’ encouraging accounts of their experiences with the developers, I informed Amanda that I was keen to give it a try.

Filling the World’s Skills Gap

I was extremely impressed when I first met the two developers that 6sense will be collaborating with through Works. They had undertaken extensive research prior to the initial interview, looking into our business and the area we are based, as well as the other employees and me personally. They wanted to ensure that they were as informed as possible about their roles and 6sense, and their enthusiasm for gaining knowledge was what eventually convinced me to hire them.

At the outset, my perceptions of remote hiring were entirely inaccurate after four months of experience. The employees at 6sense have not only supplied remarkable code, frequently without any guidance, but their input has had a remarkable effect on the collective. We are all really proud and honoured to be part of something so integral. It is experiences such as this that make our culture so special.

Despite the abundance of opportunity available to us here in Silicon Valley, it is undeniable that some of us have become complacent and have adopted a sense of entitlement as a result. I am very excited by Work’s ambition to create a world where talent is shared in an equitable manner, and I am eager to do whatever I can to make that a reality.

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