The Founders Series: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs
In this week’s Founders Series, we spoke with Kevin George, one of the Founders of HireCanvas. HireCanvas streamlines many of the administrative tasks that employers face when recruiting on campus.
Tell us about HireCanvas. What’s your vision for the company?
HireCanvas is a candidate relationship manager focused on supporting the campus recruiting process from the employer’s perspective. We help recruiting teams stay organized as they go to campus, improve their offer to hire conversion rates and leverage employees to make recruiting personal at scale.
We believe that the future of recruiting is a team sport where recruiters and employees alike get to know top candidates to give them each an exceptional experience. With more touch points candidates have a better chance to evaluate employment options and ultimately choose a better fit.
What inspired you to start your own company?
The initial inspiration for HireCanvas came from first hand experiences I had supporting campus recruiting at PwC. PwC is one of the strongest and most prolific campus recruiters in the US and here we were, still using paper and pen at career fairs and information sessions to take notes about candidates we met. Knowing that we could improve the process, we spent months talking with potential customers to learn their biggest pains and understand what a solution to their problem actually looks like. We saw how excited recruiters were to gain an edge on campus through technology.
What was your first job after graduation? If in a different field, how did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship? Feel free to highlight any other pertinent jobs held between your first one and now.
After graduation I worked in Mergers & Acquisitions consulting at PwC. While at PwC I was inspired by a problem I saw in the way we recruited entry-level associates. After the initial inspiration, I slowly started reading and learning more and more about what it meant to launch a tech startup. Before I knew it, I found a co-founder, was sharing my concept at meetups, calling potential customers and ultimately decided to commit full-time.
What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have?
Conscientiousness and persistence
What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company?
Joining an early stage startup or launching your own venture is an awesome experience but requires you to sacrifice luxuries of a more traditional job–steady pay, consistent hours, mentorship to name a few. There’s no time like the present and you should make the entrepreneurial jump as soon as you are ready but remember ‘ready’ is different for everyone. For some it’s before graduating, immediately after, or after years in the corporate world. ‘Ready’ for me meant experience working a corporate job, financial security, support of friends and family, a co-founder I could work every day with and a vision I was passionate about.
Where can people find out more about HireCanvas?