I recently caught up with Diana Proca to talk about her startup, Workinstartup. Check out what we talked about.
Diana Proca is the Founder of Workinstartups.com. WorkInStartups is the perfect place to find the job opportunities from UK startups and beyond, the website is currently in its BETA stage.
Here's the full interview.
Hi Diana, thanks for joining us on YHP, how are you doing?
Hey Joseph, I’m very well thanks!
Can you quickly give us some background information about yourself before we move on?
Sure! I am originally from Romania where I have previously worked in the corporate world (P&G and banking) and realised that it just wasn’t for me. I wanted to have more impact in the business that I was working on and in the corporate world that meant at least another 10 years of work.
Therefore I decided to find a job that I’ll enjoy and I came to London where I did a MA in Events Management and started working with Launch48. Needless to say that after seeing so many startups being created during the Launch48 events I caught the entrepreneurial virus and decided to give it a try, and that’s where I am now.
When did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to build something that will bring value to other people and that will improve the way they work or live. After the Romanian Revolution (when we got rid of communism), both my parents took the entrepreneurial path deciding that they want to build their own businesses and I hope I’ll someday be as good as them.
Lets talk about WorkInStartups and how did the idea come about?
Interacting with a bunch of newly created startups while working at Launch48 I’ve noticed the stringent need that the startup scene has for valuable people. Initially the idea was to raise awareness about the benefits of working in a startup as learned from my own experience.
I was also looking for a job in a startup in UK and realised that there is no centralised place for all the startup jobs. All the websites or job boards were dedicated to programmers only or they were promoting only internships. However, every startup that I knew was hiring mostly for paid positions and not only programmers but also sales people, marketers, project managers etc.
At that point I decided to create the job board that will centralise all the startup positions so people looking for an opportunity within a startup will know where to look for. We’ve also started our blog that aims to get an insight into the startup life and to showcase the startups that are currently hiring.
Ok, can you get more granular on the problem WorkInStartups solves for individuals?
Our main goal is to help people find jobs that they love and give people an alternative to working for big corporations.
WorkInStartups is a place where you can find the job opportunities from UK startups and beyond. People don’t have to search for jobs on every startup webpage as they can find on www.workinstartups.com the openings.
Many people are not aware of the benefits that working in a startup could bring so we try to highlight them get as much advice and feedback from startups and startup employees as we can.
Furthermore, on our blog we interview the startups that are currently hiring so people will get an insight of their culture, team and benefits they offer.
How do you intend to charge for your service?
At the moment we are in Beta and the service is free of charge. We intend to keep it this way throughout Beta but we are going to launch soon (end October) new features of the service that will be paid for. Unfortunately I can’t say more about it for the time being but we will let you know details soon.
How is your startup being funded so far?
At the moment we are bootstrapping but we are also in discussions with potential investors.
What would you say was probably the most difficult part of starting the business?
The most difficult part was definitely deciding that I wanted to take the idea one step further and transform it into something tangible and as well getting mentally prepared for it.
I’ve previously had business ideas but I had never tried to pursue them, as the effort you have to put into it is significant. And as they say, entrepreneurship is not a sprint but a marathon so you have to be prepared for the long run.
You're the Event Manager at Launch48? Tell us some of your experience working with the Launch48 team?
Actually I’m not working with Launch48 anymore, our roads have separated in May when I decided to focus exclusively on WorkInStartups.
However, working with them was an awesome experience as I met a lot of amazing people, seen many businesses being created and listened to a lot of mentors giving advice. That’s why I truly believe that everyone should experience working in a startup at least once in their lifetime.
Tell us some of the key lessons you've learnt so far through the beta-process?
We are now almost 5 months old and our product has changed a lot since we’ve first launched it. Here are some lessons that we’ve learned so far:
It is best to have the MVP launched asap and build on it as it accelerates the learning process;
It’s not about the number of applications for each job but what matters is the quality of the people;
Communicating with the customers is key as feedback is precious;
Always think of the next moves/features as they will drive fast progress;
When should we be expecting the full launch?
As previously mentioned we will be launching new features in October but the full launch of the product will be ready early next year.
What can we expect from WorkInStartups in the future?
We are currently busy with building an improved product that we plan on launching early next year. I can’t tell you more details at the moment but we hope to solve the recruiting problem that startups have.
Do you have any advice to young entrepreneurs looking to launch their startup?
Be prepared for the long run as it’s not the speed that makes the difference but the perseverance.
Thanks for your time Diana.
Thank you and best of luck with YHP!!