Date: 22nd April 2014
Release by: The YouJoin Team
Contact Name: Samuel Hu
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:h.hu@
Tel: ＋0044(0)203 6370660
London, United Kingdom Samuel Hu, one of the earliest UK (Tier 1) Graduate Entrepreneur visa holder (assessment criteria: ‘having developed world-class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills’, 2012, UKBA), and Marius Matei, a fresh graduate from Romania, are pursuing their entrepreneurial ambition in London’s thriving tech startup scene by launching a new platform for people’s career and work life which will be particularly useful for helping young people stand out from the crowd in the recruitment process.
To find out more about us, please visit About Us (http://www.youjoin.com/
What is YouJoin? YouJoin provides a platform where users can create a multi-media rich online profile for their career and work life related experiences, which is more presentable and visually appealing than a conventional CV, to allow other people to get to know a real person in their career and work life settings.
‘The ‘Social Media Generation’ are unhappy with static CV-like profiles found on leading professional social network sites, which they find it quite boring. We also see that most graduate recruitment sites are essentially job advert boards that do not add value to a candidate’s employability. So we think that we should create a product which gives people the power to express and present themselves in a more interesting, modern and open way and to stand out from the crowd.’ (Samuel Hu)
Innovation? Compared with conventional social network sites where users either have a public profile or a private profile, YouJoin has developed the world’s first innovative Semi-public Profiles to allow users to protect their privacy better.
‘for users, public profiles means that they have to bear the uncertain risks from exposing themselves in front the whole world, but for recruiters, they rarely have the patience or time to register with a site just to see an online private profile of a candidate. A Semi-public Profile View that we have developed solves this problem nicely.’ (Samuel Hu)
YouJoin allows users to have a ‘Semi-public profile view’ of their profile. This is where users set up a 4 digit PIN code, together with their profile links which they can customize with their names, they can then invite a targeted audience (such as interviewers, recruiters) to view their profile using a PIN code.
‘We see the trend that the online profiles are becoming the brand name of an individual, therefore we encourage users to build customized profile links with their names to make it stand out. Meanwhile we have developed ‘Semi-public profile view’ to ease the privacy risks which come with their conventional online public profiles.’ (Samuel Hu)
Funding? We have raised £15,000 from 3 seed investors for 1.21% of the business under the SEIS scheme, and the team borrowed money from parents and others to keep the business going. We now start looking for serious angel investors to bring us more resources, connections, and of course, money to enable us to grow.
Why London? ‘We want to take advantage of London’s emerging tech startup ecosystem, the tailor-made UK government backed SEIS and EIS scheme, and plus, we think it does not always have to be Silicon Valley to lead the internet innovation. Technology makes the world flat, we want to prove that with the right environment and support, London can do it too.’ (Marius Matei)
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