07 5 / 2013
You can tell a lot about a man by his Dashboard.
The silly little girl from Pan’s Labyrinth who dreams too much…
(It’s not even a freaking dashboard - wake up!)
25 4 / 2013
Quite possibly the greatest recruiter email we’ve ever had the privilege of sticking our eyeballs on a bunsen burner to.
This is pure gold.
Throwing the trusty brick in space hoping it hits someone is nothing new and are a dime a dozen in the recruiter world. But channelling Eminem is unchartered waters even for recruiters and quite frankly, needs to be applauded.
We’ve read it a few times now and it’s like staring into the abyss as well as finding oneself at the same time - only to realise the person you found was the bastard child of Mary Poppins and a Minotaur.
Take a bow, sir.
(massive thanks to the loyal YJer who forwarded this email to us)
05 4 / 2013
It seems we’ve replaced our 2-stroke with rocket fuel. Or the thing the fuels the large hadron collider…
When we were dreaming of what YunoJuno could become and its inroads into our industry, we never quite thought it was going to show such great uptake and results so quickly. I’ve already mentioned that the day after we came out of public beta we connected our first freelancer to a great project. We had incredible feedback and encouragement about what we were building leading up to that point but nothing beats the validation a new product gets than from people actually using it to do the very task we were hoping to re-vision.
Fast forward 10 weeks or so and we’re now at over 650 freelancers and just under 200 companies that have requested to join the YunoJuno network.
What’s more, activity on the site grows every day. Be that searches, to conversations between employers and freelancers, to fully signed contracts.
Yesterday we tweeted about a 5hr stretch in YJland: 10 news briefs, four completed contracts (ranging from four weeks to six months), three on their way to signing and the other 3 in conversation!
But to leave it there would simply paint half the picture. During that manic session, the conversations between employers and freelancers highlighted the real point of interest for us. People openly spoke about day rates, variations on contract start dates and even honest feedback about whether a particular brief is right for them or not.
It simply reaffirmed why we’ve built what we have. Freelancers and employers don’t need a middleman getting in the way or ‘managing’ a contract negotiation when that ‘management’ usually means non-transparent behaviour and sorting their own hefty commissions before that of the people who actually matter - the people with the talent and the people with the jobs! We like to get suitably angry about this - it’s kind of our thing.
Anyway, it was brilliant to watch yesterday’s events from the sidelines and even nicer to see things have simply continued into today. If you’re freelance recruiter, feel free to sh*t your pants at any point from here on in.
The YJ boys.
22 3 / 2013
YJ’s gif of the week.
Let’s face it - we all feel like this every now and then. We certainly do today.
26 2 / 2013
"I dropped my tablet in the bath. They don’t like that."
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18 2 / 2013
YJ 2.0 is released and we’re kickin ass and taking names.
No sooner had we flicked the switch for YJ 2.0 that the bookings for our new platform began. We were very excited. Up until then all freelancer bookings were done as test cases and a way for us to evolve and refine our product.
So you can just imagine how happy we were about the first ‘official’ booking under YJ 2.0 and how protective we felt in making sure that our brilliant freelancer Amit got to his gig on time with a belly full of buttery croissant goodness, a packed lunch and in one piece.
Sure we might have gone a little overboard with the bubble wrap but we weren’t prepared to take any chances.
Thanks to Amit for being such a great sport, now turned lifetime YJ friend.
Viva la Revolución!
08 2 / 2013
Sometimes, it’s ok for grown men to cry.
Very few things bring the three of us to tears. Long walks on a beach during a sunset, heart-shaped chocolates on Valentine’s day, and anything with Canoe Reeves in it, all make us want to hurt random commuters on London’s tube. But every so often we channel our mental problems for good. And this time we used our energy into making YunoJuno better.
My last post was about our journey and how excited we were about launching YunoJuno 2.0 in the imminent future. Well that moment is here and needless to say we’re pretty pleased with it. But just like every stable parent knows, you never want to be too happy with your child otherwise they’ll never get better in whatever you’re vicariously trying achieve through them.(Note to self: Next startup idea – yunojunoparentingskills.com?). So it’s not like we think we’ve arrived and there’s nothing more to do on our quest to disinter-mediate the creative and tech worlds from recruitment agent malarkey - we have a product backlog as long as John Cusack’s mix tape catalogue.
But yesterday we launched a major update to our product. It incorporates as much feedback from our community as time would permit us. We added some sex to the UI and we’ve made the process a little less clunky. These are obviously my words and not the CTO’s. I don’t have a computer big enough to translate CTO speak. But then again, he can’t understand why I paint my balls a different pantone colour every morning so the relationship just works. (If you’re reading this Hugo, try not to solder your fingers to that keyboard of yours. I’m not even gonna start on Chris - he’s already entered his own spreadsheet in some Tron-like scenario but just a gazillion times more boring.
Now for some serious mush…
While YunoJuno is Chris, Hugo and my baby, it’s also the result of a great number of people who have helped us along the way. Firstly, the product itself is built by our own freelancer network - all booked through the YJ system. It was important to us that we practised what we preached, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. So a massive thank you to Steve Jalim, Apo Christodoulou, James Booth, Caz Lock, Silke Jahn, Clive Murray, Rob Berry, Matthew Knight and Nick Clarke. Nothing on YJ would work were it not for you lot.
A massive thanks also goes to our trusted network of freelancers and companies who helped us build the product based on what they needed rather than what we wanted to build. One day we’ll release our first wireframes and design mockups to have a right ol’ belly laugh at ourselves.
And finally a big mushy thanks to Bridget, Claudine and Vanessa. (Not gonna make any funny comments here because I know what’s good for me.)
05 2 / 2013
This is what we’re up against, people! The blanket throw-some-sh*t-out-there-&-hope-it-sticks recruiter email.
We particularly love the subject line. “Re” and “Urgent” make for a stella bit of comms.
We salute you Mr.FreelancerRecruiter. Now go give yourself an enema.
10 1 / 2013
I am currently working on behalf of four highly skilled C# candidates ranging in experience who are looking for their next opportunity.
Please find a brief summary for each professional below:"
28 12 / 2012
Twas a Year to Cause a Stir
It’s been one hellova year.
12 months ago, Chris, Hugo and I were in lovely comfortable jobs slowing self-combusting over the state of the freelance recruitment. But as the year progressed, that self-combustion turned into Incredible-Hulk-like rage. One might say we started YunoJuno for simple health reasons than the disintermediation of the recruitment industry.
We got to mid way through the year when we decided to not only stop complaining about the situation and put our money where are mouths were. So we watched every Dolph Lundgren movie we could find, got even angrier, and then called some of our freelancer friends to help us build a thing.
At first that thing was a simple page with a single question: “We hate freelancer recruiters getting in the way of doing great work done and taking a prince’s ransom in the process. Does anyone feel the same?”
The response was overwhelming. Freelancers from across the globe signed up to our preregistration page before a single email or tweet went out. Like-minded people seemed to just find us and liked what they read.
Meanwhile, our black ops freelance team of designers, developers and UXers began to build YunoJuno. Meet ups at local pubs and free collective spaces became our surrogate strategy sessions and sprint reviews, and fantastic web tools like Basecamp, Trello and Hipchat became our nervous system as we debated and refined YJ when it was impossible for all of us to be in the same room on a full-time basis.
In June we launched our blog becuase we simply couldn’t keep quiet any longer and in July we started hosting Freelancer Therapy sessions at Google Campus. The agenda and venue gave us an opportunity to ask freelancers what their frustrations were and if it did indeed matched our own as employers. Not only was the response a resounding “yes!”, these fortnightly sessions gave us tangible feedback on our own product and the functionality we needed to build in order to bring something worthwhile to the market - for both freelancers and employers.
In late August we incorporated all the feedback (and angst) and put our Stage 1 of YunoJuno live - freelancer registration and profile builds.
It was basic and it was simple - but it worked.
And freelancers were signing up so we felt we were doing something right. This was followed by a lovely write up by industry heavyweights, Creative Social. The wider industry were starting to take notice.
Then, on a foggy morning in October, the YJ boys brought some guns to a cage fight and launched YunoJuno beta - a more robust UI and a full search-to-booking workflow. Boom.
Since then, one of the biggest things we’ve learnt is that standing still is death. So we decided to continue to build on our initial offering and continue to grow our family. We’ve signed up some of London’s most innovative companies and our network of the very best freelancers is growing on a daily basis.
So what’s in store for 2013? Well we believe it’s going to be big. Our quest to Genghis Khan the recruitment industry will continue but we’ve also continued to listen to our users in regards to interactions, profiles and workflow. So over the next 12 months we’re going to be releasing components that we believe makes life easier for everyone. And we’re kicking things off in January with the release of YJ 2.0 - a great new look and feel to the app and a more intuitive way to use the site.
But beyond the pretty new dress, we know YunoJuno is more than just a website. So next year we’re committed to delivering on our promise of ‘family benefits’. Why? Because choosing to be a freelancer shouldn’t preclude you from all the cool stuff you get as permanent employees. We think it’s what being part of a family is all about.
Finally, what would a ‘year in review’ post be without a few heart-felt thankyou’s? So thank you Steve Jalim, Clive Murray, Elena Cherneva, James Booth, Silke Jahn, Apo Christodoulou, Caz Lock and Jon Claydon for building and continually improving YunoJuno’s awesomeness.
And a special thanks to Bridget, Claudine and Vanessa for putting up with three guys cashing in every last get-out-of-jail card to bring YJ to life.
Bring on 2013!