Thanks to our friends at Rockstart for making this great video from inside the Somewhere studio.
We're visiting ....Barcelona!
Hey lovely people, Somewhere’s on the road again! While Luc’s visiting exciting companies in Hamburg today, we’re preparing our upcoming visits to new cities. And our next stop is Barcelona on April 3rd and 4th! We’ll be visiting some companies and hubs, meeting inspiring people such as TedXBarcelona as well as young professionals such as the amazing ESADE community,...
Milk and cookies (the two secrets to smarter...
We speak to loads and loads of companies about how they find and recruit people. Suffice to say, most of them find it extraordinarily challenging and headache-inducing. They’re often locked in a cycle of hope-enthusiasm-desperation-dismay-disappointment. It’s without doubt the biggest problem facing the majority of organisations. And the people at the forefront of such efforts...
The people behind Somewhere's tech and design
Somewhere’s service manager Matilda had a chat with Duncan, co-founder and collaborator and Conor, product/service designer, about how it is to work together at Somewhere. Why are you working at Somewhere? C - I like trying to solve big problems. Finding the right people to work with and spend a huge amount of your time with is a big problem. For me, Somewhere is all about radically...
Find and follow fellow travellers
We’ve just released an exciting new version of Somewhere. Yay! We kept hearing from our wonderful community that they wanted to be able to connect with other people in Somewhere. So now you can follow people (and also companies) and see the latest things they’re working on in your activity feed. You can get started by following the lovely Somewhere team; Justin, Duncan, Conor,...
Since launching the new Somewhere site late last year we’ve had heaps of feedback asking for different features. One major comment has been that while the rich company profiles on Somewhere are a great showcase for companies and their Sparks, there hasn’t been anywhere for individuals to communicate who they are. So, to bridge this gap we’ve just released a new beta feature called...
From daily bread to daily meaning
“Work is about a daily search for meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor, in short for a sort of life, rather than a Monday-to-Friday sort of dying.” - Studs Terkel For decades the multi-billion dollar global recruitment industry has been geared towards one thing; getting people jobs. The problem is that people - especially the...
A fast start to 2013
We finished 2012 with some new features, some new companies and plenty of new people - thank you all so much for making 2012 a big step forward for all of us, and all of you, at Somewhere. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, here’s a little overview of what Somewhere is, in 2013… A place for you Now everyone on Somewhere has a place to call their own. When you signup...
Third Wave: interview with Conor Delahunty
[This post is being re-published with permission from our friends at Third Wave. Thanks guys!] + Third in a series of interviews with people whose work we admire: designer Conor Delahunty. Conor tells us what pop songs have to do with service design, how the state of the recruitment industry is like Gotham City, and gives us a peek at what he’s working on at Somewhere. Conor (@conordelahunty)...
One of our aims at Somewhere is to present a unique insight into how and why the companies on our platform are such special places. Traditionally companies like to do this with over-arching mission statements, corporate-style communication and polished employer branding. Research with our users, however, suggests that most view this approach with a large amount of cynicism. So we prefer to...
Where technology ends
A new version of Somewhere is being built right now, and there are plenty of temptations we need to avoid along the way. The largest of these is what I’ve been calling the “technical solution to a social problem”. A technical solution to a social problem is a short cut. When it’s easier to solve a fundamentally social problem with a few lines of code. In recruitment, a technical solution to...
Somewhere has a new coat of paint!
We’ve just released a lovely new version of our website, so head on over to check it out at SomewhereHQ.com! While we’re very hard at work building Somewhere’s broader, richer and lovelier platform, we wanted to give you an early glimpse into what we’re doing. So check out the new site to see how we’ll be helping you find somewhere you fit. Brand new people can join our community,...
Some lovely people were mapping our service at the...
What we really loved about how they described us was: Unlike: monster.de, millions of recruitment agencies Hear, hear! See all the service mapping experiments here and check out Service Design Berlin.
You're invited to Somewhere's first ever meet-up!
It’s time for Somewhere’s first ever meet-up in Berlin! Come join us at betahaus (Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20) between 19:00-21:00hrs on Friday 24 August 2012. Meet lovely like-minded people in Berlin, hear the inside word on Somewhere’s plans and enjoy a warm summer evening. There’ll be a BBQ, beers and even a secret pop-up art exhibition… featuring you! RSVP...
The era of 'Friends in Low Places'. Terrific...
“This is the era of Friends in Low Places. The ones you meet now, who will notice you, and challenge you, work with you, and watch your back. They will be your strength.” ~ Robert Krulwich
Somewhere featured on BBC's 'Click' - Is Berlin...
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"I think what matters most is team culture..." so...
Fantastic quote from Rich Wong (Accel Partners) from an interesting Techcrunch article about start-ups and success. What’s also significant is that “cultural DNA” is cited as one of the key determinants of success. More evidence of the importance of the problem we’re solving. Read article: How To Appeal To Investors: Top VCs Reveal The Anatomy Of A Successful...
Global problem-solving and cultural CVs - the...
via venturevillage.eu We had a blast at last night’s betapitch. Thanks so much for the fantastic folk at betahaus for putting on such a great night. Oh, yeah, and we were really happy to win! Check out the Venture Village’s review of the night.
Feature Interview of Somewhere on Gruenderszene.de
Link to original interview. Head over to our site to see how we’re helping people and companies find cultural fit » www.SomewhereHQ.com
Moviepilot.com :: where a cool web product &...
If you’re a movie-lover and Facebook user, chances are you’ve heard of Moviepilot.com — they currently have 4,009,435 fans worldwide! Moviepilot.com is a discovery platform where people can find out about and get news on upcoming films. So if you’re a real film-goer or movie-buff, it’s the place to be to get all the news, views and gossip before your friends. But...
Why companies miss mavericks, late bloomers and...
“We scrutinize people so exhaustively for signs of proven competence that we may be losing the ability to do anything else. All we see are past credentials. Trying to forecast what people might achieve is a bigger mystery than ever. As a result, executives shy away from the mavericks, the late bloomers, the overachievers with the underdog past, or the inexperienced newcomers with the...
We got GigaOM'd :)
We were delighted (and our site only slightly overwhelmed!) to be featured in today’s GigaOM article ‘Meet Somewhere: a recruitment site with no job listings’. We particularly liked the closing line: “… given the paucity of fresh ideas in today’s recruitment industry, the job site with no listings may be a concept whose time has come.” Read the whole...
Some links to people's lovely Somewhere profiles
Check these awesome cultural profiles: somewherehq.com/users/196-joan… by @varkanslor & somewherehq.com/users/195-chia… by @chiarakc. Join our beta & make yours! — Somewhere (@SomewhereHQ) March 16, 2012 And to show the guys can make just as awesome profiles, check out @OlaMoller’s who’s into all sorts of cool stuff. somewherehq.com/users/176-ola-… — Somewhere...
The beginning of Somewhere
We’ve been so delighted with the brilliant response to our (quiet) beta launch this week. We’ve been inundated with people creating some simply awesome cultural profiles. We’ll highlight some of the best ones soon (check out this demo profile). Of course this is just one step to Somewhere’s ambition to help people and companies find cultural fits. Of betas and...
Tweek :: awesome team + great office + super cool...
[Update: Tweek just launched their social TV guide for iPad. Check it out!] We’re delighted to welcome Tweek as one of our very early beta companies. This Berlin-based startup has it all. A young, passionate, dynamic team, cool new offices, a recent funding round, and.. oh yeah.. a super hot product. Tweek are looking to hire a bunch of people at the moment. And no surprise...
We've quietly launched an early beta
For starters people can create your own rich cultural profile (like the demo one above). Check out the video on the site to get the low-down. Also, showing the real you takes a bit of time so grab a coffee or tea (or Club Mate!) before you start. But you can edit everything later so don’t worry if you don’t nail your answers first time. Join the beta and create your rich profile...
Say hello to the "outsider spirit" @ Albion London
We’re delighted to have Albion London, a game-changing creative agency from (you guessed it) London, taking part in Somewhere’s company beta. Albion happened to be re-launching their gorgeous new website (above) last week, so they also took the opportunity to pop a Somewhere button…. … on their contact page. The button enables companies to provide a more engaging...
Somewhere Over the Resume (feature article on...
It was terrific to catch up with Marguerite Imbert from Venture Village yesterday to talk all about Somewhere and our looming private beta launch. The result was this (brilliantly named) feature article, Somewhere Over the Resume. Some choice quotes: On our insight: “It’s not about what you do, it’s about where you are.” On our launch product: “Beyond the...
Interviewed by the lovely folk from @betahaus
We’ve been working in or around betahaus for a few months now. It’s a terrific co-working space here in Berlin. You should check it out. So we were extra delighted to be profiled as betahaus’ Startup Of The Week. A brief excerpt: Q: Companies have been using the same process of recruitment for years. What made you feel the need to develop an alternative to this standard...
Who, what and where is Somewhere?
Somewhere is an early stage startup trying to fix a vexing problem for small to medium businesses: How to find talent that fits their company culture? Most companies whose success depends on the creative and knowledge capital of their staff understand that their culture is extraordinarily important. It takes time and effort to build company culture and nothing is more important than getting...