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Sunday 18 February 2018

My big idea: Pal's plight inspired us to create the world's fastest-growing jobs site

Brothers Stephen Quinn (32), the ceo of Jobbio, and brother John (36), the chairman
Brothers Stephen Quinn (32), the ceo of Jobbio, and brother John (36), the chairman
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

Stephen Quinn (34) and his brother John (38), the former owner of Champion Sports before it was sold to JD Sports, are the founders of online recruitment business Jobbio.

"Neither John nor I had worked in recruitment before starting Jobbio. Instead the idea was inspired by a friend of mine who had just finished a Master's degree and was looking for jobs.

He was following the traditional route, using recruitment websites to find jobs and then individually emailing his CVs to companies. It seemed so laborious.

We knew that companies, meanwhile, were getting thousands of CVs they had to sort through while still paying job boards just to post ads.

We realised there must be a better way. Jobbio replaces that system. We give jobseekers a private place to build live, digital CVs. In the same location, companies can advertise job postings, as well as better design how their company and ads are displayed.

The user selects which companies get to see their CV; it is not a social network. We launched in October 2013 but that was with a minimum viable product; our market-ready version launched this February. Now we are confident we have the fastest-growing jobs platform in the world.

Around 1,600 companies use Jobbio including Ebay, AirBnb and Irish businesses in hospitality and media. We recently raised €1.5m for expansion purposes and have opened offices in New York and the UK."

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