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December 17, 2006

Recruit Kick-Butt People


I added a “Recent Jobs” section to the sidebar on the right side of this blog—I know: monetization is so “Web 1.0.” :-) If you want to advertise a position in this jobs board, it’s only $49 for thirty days (this is an introductory special).

I have a highly-qualified readership of people with entrepreneurial, evangelistic, and technical backgrounds that should appeal to companies trying to kick butt...at least that’s my assumption. For you analytical types, I get approximately 8-10,000 page views per day, and there are 20-23,000 RSS subscribers. These are my audience’s demographics as of September, 2006.


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I'm curious about the business model for this, and how it scales. Well, given I'm a development director at Monster, I should have an interest ;)

One of the core principles that VCs (in my experience) pound on is "focus" for a startup. Guy's board as well as some of the other ones mentioned in the comments - GigaOM, VentureBoard, 37 Signals, MetaFilter, and Joel Spolsky's seem to have this is common - they are all companies/people that do other things and the job board is a side line.

Is the goal to fund the bandwidth of the blog? If so I can easily see how a small inventory of jobs would do that; I finder it harder to see how it scales if it isn't a major focus.

The infrastructures that people like Monster, CareerBuilder, Dice etc. have built are there for a reason. Even the "Web 2.0" startups in the space like Jobster and SimplyHired have sucked up a lot of financing to build an infrastructure to scale the business model of a "job board". It's one of those business that look simple from the outside but have a lot of complexity in the scaling and execution.

So Guy: out of curiosity is this a real business you're building or a sideline to fund the (fascinating) web site?



The honest answer is that I don't know. It's something I thought I'd try to see if I could further monetize my blog. If it makes me rich, thank you God. If it doesn't, it wasn't much trouble.



Hmm. Its very interesting way to find a workplace :)

Way to go Guy... make money while providing a service that your clients are actually interested in. Keep up the VC'ing on your blog ;-)


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Hi Guy,

Just with regards my earlier post, the main reason that was stopping me from posting an international listing was when I tried to enter my phone number. It kept giving me the error of:

"please enter a valid US area code."

So if this could get fixed it would be excellent :) and ill post up a few jobs. Thanks.


Hello, Guy.

I've posted a job but I notice that every time I hit blog.guykawasaki.com the list of recent jobs in the sidebar initially fails to load. It only shows up when I refresh.

Not sure if you're getting others with the same problem, but I wanted to let you know.

Daniel Foster, Logos Bible Software

Thanks, Guy. I'm gonna forward this to my idiot step-son, who wants to quit college to blog full-time.

Nice one Guy, I think this may happen more and more it is one way of getting to those passive candidates.

First time I saw something similar was with Techcrunch and I recently used google for advertising. Anyway best of luck, oh while I am here I noticed you mentioned Jajah again, so in case I didnt mention it I did sign up and so did my Boss proved to be a good move.

If anyone wants to see a collection of many startup jobs (techcrunch, simply hired, et al) check out -


Guy, we should add your feed here to include some more distribution. Let me know if you have a specific RSS feed for it.

Great concept, little disappointed in the free calls post, more an ad than interesting story or relevant. The pedastal wobbled a bit there for me...

Not a startup job board, but http://www.hiddennetwork.com/

This is run by the same guy who runs thedailywtf.com, and is for people who do _not_ want to deal with WTFey issues/management.

Hi Guy,

Great addition, but one point.. when I tried to add a job posting I realized that only USA based companies can post a listing? Do you plan on making it international anytime in the future? Cheers.




I'll check into this. Didn't realize it.


Three words, "I Like It"

I like this concept. Hhhmmm...I could see some creative young entrepreneur using the job boards as a means of hooking up with a like industry mentor. $49 to match up with a mentor would be a bargain.


Thanks! Glad that you like it. My goal is to make this jobs board the most effective place for startups to recruit people and for people to find great startups.


QUESTION: Guy do you screen all job posts before posting them (i.e. foul language)?

The introductory price of $50 is very cool and good way to gain market share away from the other startup blogs.

I cannot understand how 37 Signals can still charge $200 per job post while TechCrunch and GigaOM charge $150 only, but I guess it works for them.

Anyways, I hope you lead the way Guy and keep your prices very competitive. Rather then just being a follower and adjust your pricing to the $150 norm.

SIDE NOTE: Other startup job boards I follow for that perfect job are CrunchBoard, GigaOM, VentureBoard, 37 Signals, MetaFilter, and Tech Cocktail.

If anyone has any others startup job boards, please post, I would like to check them out.

Now this is what I expect from the master- a master stroke.

I wouldn't be surprised if this recruitment thing doesn't snowball into something bigger than the blog.

I found the startup job post for APPLE STORE MANAGER very appealing :)

Sweet job board Guy. In the short time that this has been live, there are already quite a few interesting positions that seem relevant to your readers. This definitely beats finding these kind of jobs of Monster, HotJobs and even Craigslist.

Do you have any early feedback from your advertisers as to the efficacy of your blog at finding the right people? I see your earliest posting is Nov 20. So, maybe my request is too early. It would seem this would be a great place to find the marketing exec or higher-level technical person whose business interests range outside the technical.

Actually, monetization is Web 2.1 -- or, rather, with it Web 2.0 finally gets out of its beta phase.

Interesting to see all high profile bloggers adding a job board. Guy, to differentiate from others, why don't you provide a free service to at least NGOs and other not-for-profit services to post their job requirements on your board? Agreed, it requires a bit of moderation but that shouldn't be so hard to do.

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