Now more than ever, there is demand for flexibility in the working environment as the dynamic regarding careers and employment has changed. Juggle Jobs is a subscription-based recruitment platform that enables businesses to find and manage experienced flexible professionals (baristas, waiters, etc). This London startup plans on fully disrupting the recruiting industry and by 2027 it hopes to ensure that 50% of business leaders are female.
London Tech Watch spoke with CEO Romanie Thomas about how this platform plans to be a leading force behind the future of work.
Who were your investors and how much did you raise?
Seed £1.4M led by Oxford Capital. Social Capital and 7percent Ventures in SF also participated.
Tell us about what service Juggle Jobs provides.
A SaaS platform for the future of work – Juggle helps businesses to find and manage experienced flexible professionals.
How is Juggle Jobs different than other job recruitment platforms?
For professionals it’s largely unique – there are communities and job boards, but no UK digital platform genuinely championing their need to work flexibly.
What inspired you to start Juggle Jobs?
The lack of gender diversity in business leadership. Flexibility is a key factor in democratizing the working environment and ensuring women aren’t forced out by structural issues.
What market are you targeting and how big is it?
We’re disrupting a £26B recruitment industry.
What’s your business model?
Subscription: businesses pay a low monthly fee from successful placement of a flexible professional.
What is your execution plan so you fulfill your aim of ensuring 50% of business leaders are female by the year 2027?
Place awesome professionals with businesses and work hard on their behalf to make sure they genuinely work flexibly and on their terms. Stick to our mission metrics too (a % of our placements have to be women so we know we’re on the right track.)
What was the funding process like?
A rollercoaster, but a fun one.
What are the biggest challenges that you faced while raising capital?
Me: I am my biggest challenge. Particularly trying to avoid the (accurate) stats around female funding getting to my head; it isn’t helpful for a winning mindset.
What factors about your business led your investors to write the check?
Awesome team, strong traction, a business model that makes sense to attack this market.
What advice can you offer companies in London that do not have a fresh injection of capital in the bank?
Persevere and plan. The best founders are on the realistic side of unrealistic. Keep that big vision in mind but meticulously plan to get there.
Where do you see the company going now over the near term?
To really make a step change in the future of work.
What is your favorite restaurant in London?
Hoppers (I’m Sri Lankan and I can honestly say it’s awesome).