Posted by Willy Franzen on June 18, 2010. Jobs updated daily.
We’ve seen an explosion of startups that help small businesses reach new customers. There are Yext, Groupon, Yelp, and, of course, Google all serving this market in one way or another. But what about smaller, personal businesses? How do dog walkers, personal trainers, tutors, and handymen grow their businesses without relying solely on word of mouth? SkillSlate is one option. It’s a New York City based startup that helps individual service providers connect with customers. When you’re hiring someone to walk your dog or fix your door hinge, you want to know that they’re trustworthy. SkillSlate lets you check these people out and see what other customers are saying about them. It’s just like what Yelp does for restaurants.
SkillSlate is still in its early stages, but they have a growing team and venture funding. I only heard about them because Brian Rothenberg, their Director of Search, reached out to me with a message about a position that they’re hiring for. It took me a little bit to get the idea behind SkillSlate, but now that I see how they’re taking a familiar approach to a seemingly underserved market, I’m pretty excited about them. If you are too, you may want to consider a job with them. Right now the only position they have posted is for a Ruby Developer (it is an entry level position), but I wouldn’t be surprised to see more opportunities including non-technical ones in the near future. In fact, they’re also looking for a PR/Marketing Intern right now, and there’s always a chance that that could morph into a full-time job.
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