Meet A Tech Company: Silicon Armada (originally published on rte.ie)
Meet the companies attending this year’s Dublin Tech Summit…
Name of company: Silicon Armada
Names of founders: Lorraine Connolly, Brian Neylon, Saheed Ogunfowora, Frederic Ghys
Tell us about your company…
Silicon Armada is a global tech job aggregator and search engine founded in 2013 by two IT professionals. It is the world’s only tech job aggregator currently advertising 200,000 jobs representing 1500 companies, in 116 countries.
Pitch us what you do, in one line…
Silicon Armada searches hundreds of thousands of global job adverts a day – so you can spend more time applying and less time searching for your next job.
What makes your service unique?
We are unique because we are the only jobs aggregator for the IT industry. We aim to become a total career platform that is fully dedicated to the IT sector. Silicon Armada provides a comprehensive overview of career opportunities in curated tech companies from around the world. We want jobseekers to have the information and support to actively pursue their careers.
Why are you coming to Dublin Tech Summit?
We’re coming to Dublin Tech Summit to learn. There’s an impressive list of speakers and a large tech-based audience. We want to know what they think of our company. Events like these are an invaluable opportunity to find out what we’re doing right and what areas we need to develop.
What advice would you give to an early-stage startup?
Building a company from scratch is hard and a massive learning curve. Mistakes are inevitable and necessary. Don’t get disheartened, listen to your instincts and let them guide you. In the end, it’s not the mistakes that define your company, but the how you handle them.
In retrospect, what advice would you give to yourselves starting out?
When we started, our motto was: start and the rest will follow. This is true, but occasionally it’s important to take a step back and reflect upon the past and the future. Stepping back allows you to put things in perspective, align your thoughts and let creativity flow. If you don’t do this you’re likely to be too focused on the problem, so you forget to see the solution. Yoga and meditation really help too.
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
We’ve been building our community and our product over the past two years. Recently we successfully started contacting employers and potential customers. Based on their feedback we decided to build a pay-per-CV model. We will launch this in the coming months.
We are dedicated to make it easier for IT professionals to connect with IT companies by integrating Artificial Intelligence into our search functionality. This will make it easier for IT professionals to find a job on our platform.
What is the most exciting thing in tech right now?
It’s got to be machine learning and artificial intelligence. There have been a lot of exciting developments in these fields in the last few years. We’re planning to incorporate this new technology into our website so employers can be matched to highly appropriate candidates and job seekers can find the most suitable jobs. It’s something we’re very excited about developing.
9. Why does Dublin Tech Summit matter?
Irish IT companies are developing at a phenomenal rate and Dublin Tech Summit reaffirms the capital as the centre of the global tech scene. DTS has the capacity to foster links between large established firms and indigenous SMEs. It matters because it’s bringing people together in the spirit of partnership.
10. Tell us something that we need to know…
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