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Two weekends ago was held the 1st edition of Rejoignez Une Startup (“Join a Startup”), a startup recruiting event which aimed to attract top-level engineering talent to interest them in working for startups. More than 40 startups – including Capitaine Train (just raised $1.4M), VoitureLib (just raised $2M – here’s an interview with the founder on the future of car rentals), BlaBlaCar (speaking at Dublin Web Summit), Withings (has three devices in the top 20 connected devices of the Apple Store), and Allmyapps. In total, the startups were offering more than 140 jobs & had an attendee list of over 500 developers.
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The event was held on a barge in the Seine, featured an open bar, and was generally packed. Startups like Work4Labs, who recently raised $11M for their Facebook recruitment platform, had a giant sign listing the languages they were looking for, while startup MyBlee had two distracting women preparing crepes for job candidates. I met mobile developers (iOS and Android), back- & front-end web developers, dev ops guys, designers & more. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about whether or not there was good talent, so I sent out messages to all the participating startups to see what their impressions were, and what they had been hoping to get out of the event.

Mobile and Web and Dev Ops Oh My!

The variety of developers looked for were vast: iOS & Android, php & python, .Net &  django, C++ & Web Designers. Startups were looking for anything from 1 to 4 full-time developer/designer posts to fill, usually with differing profiles for each post. That being said, of the 50-100 candidates that responding startups met, they only considered following up with half a dozen of them, at most. A few startups have already employed a candidate or two, and some feel confident that they will hire someone soon.
Despite the small number of potential hires, however, all of the startups were unanimous about one thing: they would certainly pay to attend the event again. The fact is – hiring is hard – and at the very least, these startups got to get their name in front of 500 developers, regardless of whether they hire them or not.

Can’t wait until May ’13! Why not January?

Rejoignez Une Startup has said that they plan to host the next edition around May 2013, lining up the event around the start and end of the school year. Personally, I think there’d be an interest to host another edition sooner, around January 2013. What do you all think? Would you attend a January edition? Would your startup pay to get in front of this group? Comment Below!

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    Adrien Châtillon

    April – May is a good idea as is the period when most job candidates finish up school and are looking for a gig.

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      Liam Boogar

      I don’t think the “best candidates” (the ones startups will ultimately want to hire) are just finishing up school – what about experienced professionals looking to change jobs?

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      Liam Boogar

      I don’t think the “best candidates” (the ones startups will ultimately want to hire) are just finishing up school – what about experienced professionals looking to change jobs?

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      Pierre Chapuis

      Actually, the best period may be when most students are looking for their last internship. Although “urgently recruiting an intern” is nonsense, trying out candidates’ abilities as interns is a good idea when that is possible.
      As for what Liam says, I wish it were true. However the truth is that the best candidates are actually fresh out of school, since the “experience” of experienced professional looking to change jobs (usually coming from SSIIs) is often not really valuable for a startup. Of course hiring good developers leaving other startups or similar companies would be nice, but they tend to change jobs less often and they are a lot more expensive.

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      Pierre Chapuis

      Actually, the best period may be when most students are looking for their last internship. Although “urgently recruiting an intern” is nonsense, trying out candidates’ abilities as interns is a good idea when that is possible.
      As for what Liam says, I wish it were true. However the truth is that the best candidates are actually fresh out of school, since the “experience” of experienced professional looking to change jobs (usually coming from SSIIs) is often not really valuable for a startup. Of course hiring good developers leaving other startups or similar companies would be nice, but they tend to change jobs less often and they are a lot more expensive.

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    Adrien Châtillon

    April – May is a good idea as is the period when most job candidates finish up school and are looking for a gig.

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    EverydayShit

    I think this is a wonderful initiative, but if it is so uniquely focused on hiring tech talent, with maybe the latitude to hire a designer, they should change the name.

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      Pierre Chapuis

      Even the designer thing is a problem. There were lots of them among the candidates (graphical and interaction designers alike), but I have the feeling that they were disappointed since few startups were looking for a “pure” designer that does not code too.
      I hope one of them can comment, but I wonder if it would not be a good idea to have the startups publish their job offers before the event next time. It would avoid people being disappointed by the small number of offers corresponding to their profile.

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      Pierre Chapuis

      Even the designer thing is a problem. There were lots of them among the candidates (graphical and interaction designers alike), but I have the feeling that they were disappointed since few startups were looking for a “pure” designer that does not code too.
      I hope one of them can comment, but I wonder if it would not be a good idea to have the startups publish their job offers before the event next time. It would avoid people being disappointed by the small number of offers corresponding to their profile.

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    EverydayShit

    I think this is a wonderful initiative, but if it is so uniquely focused on hiring tech talent, with maybe the latitude to hire a designer, they should change the name.

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