Cork Innovates talked to the CEO and Founder of Rezoomo, Cathal Doorley, about the challenges and opportunities facing Cork startups today.
Tell us about yourself your startup.
My name is Cathal Doorley, CEO and Founder of Rezoomo.com. Rezoomo started from my own job searching experience in the competitive job market in London in 2012. After searching for a couple of months with a standard paper CV, I decided to transform the lifeless one dimensional document in to my own personalized CV website. I reapplied to a number of positions I had previously applied to. Within 10 days I secured a job in a leading tech company in London… the idea for Rezoomo was born. We developed a digital CV website-builder and thousands of people in over 60 countries signed up to use it. I always knew that this was only the start of the platform and that we needed a full recruitment suite to bring digital CVs and employers together.
In 2014, I returned to Cork as I had a bigger network of support here and found that there was more support for starting your own business. Once I moved back, one of my best friends Seamus Clinch joined Rezoomo as a co-founder and we begun development on the full vision for the platform. Two years on, Rezoomo has transformed into a unique, fully-integrated recruitment platform.
We provide employers with a full applicant tracking system that allows them to manage their recruitment from posting a job, managing all applicants and the interview process all they way through to hire.
Unlike other outdated jobs boards, the Rezoomo jobs board empowers companies to promote their employer brand and company culture with detailed company profiles. The aim of this is to provide job seekers with information, videos and images of what it is like to work for a company and ultimately if that company is the right fit for them.
For job-seekers we provide a unique digital CV website builder which allows job-seekers to build their own CV website, add all types of rich media to showcase their skills in a different way and get detailed reports on how their CV is performing (how many views, where in the world its being viewed, what content is being viewed the most).
It creates a more immersive job seeking experience allowing you to search and apply for jobs anywhere, on any device.
What is your vision for Rezoomo?
Our aim is the build a more user-friendly, immersive recruitment experience for both employers and job-seekers alike by incorporating and developing new and upcoming features and process. We want to take Rezoomo to an international audience and have interest from a number of large potential partners which would enable us to fulfil this vision.
We aim to build Rezoomo in to an industry leading software provider for recruitment and HR.
What have been your biggest hurdles as an entrepreneur and how did you overcome them?
The biggest hurdle by far is having enough funding to keep the project going in the right direction. Luckily, family and friends have been a huge help in early stage funding.
I also received funding from the UK government when I was starting in London and then when I returned to Ireland the Cork City LEO was a vital resource of funding.
I must say that Bank of Ireland have been absolutely fantastic to us, providing loans and support all the way along. Funding is the number one hurdle to entrepreneurs when starting out.
You must be prepared to beg steal and borrow to keep your vision moving forward. You must be determined and have the confidence in your idea to push forward. Entrepreneurship is spending a few years of your life like most people won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.
You must be prepared to sacrifice a lot of luxuries and pour everything you have into building the company. If you’re not prepared to do this, then you need to consider weather this is the right choice for you.
What are your views on entrepreneurship in Cork?
I think it’s in a good place but I wish there was a startup hub in the city with meetups, free talks, hot desks and break-out areas for people to meet discuss and share ideas. I used to work from the Google campus in London at the Silicon Roundabout one or two days a week and the atmosphere, supports and community really does help.
What motivates you – in other words – why do you do what you do?
I have always wanted to build and run my own business. Although the prospect of making a decent living from starting your own business is appealing however unlikely, the challenge of taking nothing but an idea and building a successful company with a good team who enjoy what they do and don’t mind coming in to work every day is more appealing to me. I want to build a successful company with a great culture and great team.