A User Champion for a startup

Salary Competitive
Equity To be negotiated
Excelerate is a professional digital career platform that makes the journey, from when you set your career goal to you reach that goal: shorter, transparent and not least achievable. We ask the users 'what is your career goal?'. By utilising machine learning and neuroscience, we can give a platform experience tailored to the individual. Users will only see content (Events, Courses, Video) and features (Thesis Matching, Mentor hub, Network Community etc) relevant to their career goal.

Current status

Excelerate is in the very early days of the startup journey. We have just launched the site in a version where it's merely just an info page. During January we will launch the prototype (MVP). The MVP focuses strictly on the matchmaking feature. We ask the final-year bachelor, master and candidate students 'what is your career goal?' and matches the answer with dissertation topics created by companies. Companies are paying for the collaboration as it holds great value to them as the students are solving an actual problem + its a very cheap way for the companies to get first-hand experience with a potential future employee. The students and the companies have a shared page on the platform where they agree on milestones/deadlines etc.

Next features are far from set in stone, but the idea is we build on the experience and the feedback and provide a 'version 2' in autumn + more features. When the time is right we could expand the platform's capabilities and include more 'verticals' to get closer to the grand vision of the becoming 'the overview of my career path' platform.

 

A bit about me

To take the startup further at a faster pace, I need help. And I need help with the things which drains my energy. I truly enjoy the product building/team building / forward-thinking. I am a dreamer but a 'doer' at the same time. I've been working as a project manager for the past 8 years and a lead digital producer leading a team of 5 digital producers for the past 2 years in a digital agency in London. I started my career as a web designer and flash developer (when that was cool), so I've been almost through it all when it comes to building digital products.

Co-founder 1 (me - product owner / team builder / visionary)

  • Responsible for the product (Currently that is design, spec, manage and manage developers)

  • Build the team (scout and hire)

  • Financial (budget / and business financials)

  • Strategy

 

I'm looking for..

A User Champion with marketing interest

  • Responsible of the user side of the platform, meaning collecting feedback from the user, creating features that cater to user needs and wishes. This person will be the user's voice in the company.

  • Responsible for the marketing strategy towards the users.

  • This role will be split into two once the team / company grows (User Champion and Marketing, however, I Imagine that marketing will be a discipline within the User Champion team)

Principles we need to align on are

  • Building the right platform for the user is the single most important thing

  • Your job is to be the voice of the user and understand 100% how our users think and behave

  • You will be a significant part of the product development team who prioritizes and spec features.

  • Our marketing efforts will go towards the user side of the platform since you are the one who understands the users best, you will also be the one who is responsible for the marketing strategy. As we grow, we might split this into a separate position, but with you at the lead.

To start April-May-June.

I am looking for someone who is hungry/eager to join Excelerate, who thinks the mission sounds amazing (upgrade our fellow earth citizens, by giving them a platform to do so themselves, get an overview of their future career and excelerate it). You are excited to join a startup with all the freedom and responsibilities and hard work that comes along with it.

English language is a requirement but I couldn't care less about nationality/gender/age. It's all about personality and the fit between us. Both very experienced CTO and Tech-leads and experienced developers are encouraged to reach out, even if you don't have CTO or Tech Lead experience.

How 'valuable' you are to the company will determine the 'package' I can offer. But in general, my view of the company is, I would rather own a small part of something big, than a large part of something small. You have to have the same mindset. Money is a rare thing in a startup, the co-founders will work for equity, and at this early stage I would only be able to offer a relatively small wage, but with equity as well. As we grow, so does the wage.

If this has piqued your interest I suggest we take an informal cup of coffee where you can hear more about my thoughts and company. If we don't know each other already, then I would appreciate if you could do a 30-second video where you present yourself and why this is interesting to you.

I'm looking for you right now, however, I would be willing to wait for the right person. As we are targeting students the university semester dates are important, so either it will be an immediate start (right into it as the semester starts early Feb), or we could wait to next semester and therefore you joining in April-May-June.

 

The future team

Me, Technical Co-Founder and a 3rd Sales Co-Founder

Best guess right now is that this other co-founder would be looking to join around as soon as possible (Jan-Feb-March).

On top of that, I am actively looking for:

Design intern

  • To assist with design tasks (web, posters, flyers, social media etc)

To start immediately

 

Social media intern

  • To handle the daily social media tasks (posting, analytics, SoMe strategy etc)

To start immediately

 

The current team

Kaspar Hansen (Founder)

Victor (Fulltime Developer / Freelance)

Kate (Fulltime Developer / Freelance)

 

Other info

Website : www.excelerate.dk

My Linkedin profile : https://www.linkedin.com/in/kasparhansen/

For more information or questions please contact us at kaspar@excelerate.dk or phone number 60551673

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Free office snacks
Free office snacks

Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.

Equity package
Equity package

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Working at
Excelerate

We want to make a digital platform which makes the journey from when you set a career goal to you reach that career goal shorter, more transparent and achievable. The MVP however, is just a fragment of that fairly ambitious goal. The MVP focuses on matching last year university bachelor, master and candidate students with companies. Companies provide the platform with dissertation topics they find interesting / or have a problem with. The student type in their career goal, and then platform matches the two. Last week we launched the first version of the MVP, and we are looking to launch the 2nd version before Christmas, and the 3rd and final version of the MVP mid-January 2020. It will be key to launch mid-January as students are looking to hand in their dissertation will start that work early-February. We take a fairly small monthly fee off companies pr. collaboration they agree to. - Excelerate, right now, is a very small company and consists of two full-time freelance developers and me, Kaspar Hansen I have 12 years of experience in the digital industry. A couple of the early years as a designer, then later as a flash developer and then for the past 8 years as project manager / digital producer in various digital agencies. The latest one being LAB (London) where I was leading a 5 man digital producer team and was heavily involved in client projects with up to 12 participating members as Scrum Master / Digital Producer. In August 2019 I made the jump to start Excelerate, the first couple of months was spend as a freelancer wrapping up a few commitments elsewhere, but since October 2019 I have been working fulltime on Excelerate. I have an MSc from IT University of Copenhagen in IT-Management, as well as Scrum Owner certification, Scrum Master Certification and a Prince 2 Practioner certification.

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