Kiely invests in careers firm Abodoo after sale of Voxpro
Cork-based Voxpro co-founder Dan Kiely has invested €200,000 in a Wexford-based careers start-up, Abodoo.
The cash represents a small chunk of Kiely's new-found wealth after selling the contact centre business Voxpro to Canadian firm Telus International in a deal worth up to €100m if 'earn-out' conditions are met.
Abodoo, based in Gorey, was founded last September by Vanessa Tierney and Ben Wainwright. It serves as a recruitment and careers service aimed at those who want to work, or hire those who work, remotely or from home.
"We have ambitions to change the way people and businesses view remote working and to create a community," said Mr Wainwright.
"We are unique, we look different and we are free to access for candidates and employers.
"There is no risk or charges unless a business makes an offer. Even then, they have a 90-day money-back guarantee.
"We are that confident that the matching process will result in long-term recruits and reduced attrition."
Remote working has been slow to take off in Ireland. However, better broadband has spurred some multinational firms into greater adoption.
Apple's Cork campus has 700 remote workers, with a requirement that those at home have a 6Mbs broadband service.
Acquired last August by Telus International, Voxpro has call centres in Cork, Dublin, Bucharest, Manila and in the US cities of Athens and Folsom.
Founded in Cork 20 years ago by Mr Kiely and his wife Linda, the company has built up expertise in high-end support for some of the world's booming tech companies.
"Dan has followed Abodoo since our establishment and, like us, he believes smart working is the future," said Ms Tierney.
"His investment will support our expansion into the UK and other European markets. Candidates are already registering with us from around the world. With Dan's guidance, we'll be able to capitalise on this through regional and in-country presence and international marketing."
Ms Kiely said that the company had also received support from the IDA and Eir.
"Our goal is to continue to attract registrations from candidates seeking more flexible careers," she said.
"Typically, these are commuters who want a career that fits with their lifestyle."