Vancouver-based Commit was founded in 2019 to help engineers get jobs in early-stage startups. To do this, Commit’s two co-founders CEO Greg Gunn and CTO Beier Cai created an online community of engineers who are then matched with remote-first startups in need of talent.
Now Commit has raised $6 million in Seed financing from Accomplice, Kensington Capital Partners, Inovia, and Garage Capital, as reported by TechCrunch.
Commit works by vetting both the startups looking for talent and the engineers looking for a job.
To further mitigate the risk of moving from a secure job at a big tech company to a small startup, Commit actually pays the engineers salaries until they find a job on the platform. To date, 90% of engineers in the community have found a full-time position at one of Commit’s startups.
Commit’s startup partners currently include the likes of Patch, Plastiq Relay, Certn, Procurify, Praisidio, Planworth, and Lo3 Energy.
Another way Commit helps engineers make the move to startups is by using the community to replicate the benefits of working in a big tech company – peer support, as well as mentorship and training opportunities.
Commit plans to use this Seed funding to grow from 100 to 10,000 engineers in the community over the next year.
Further to this, the company is very aware that the opportunities for engineers in the world of work – and particularly the startup space – are “unevenly distributed”.
Gunn told TechCrunch: “Even within the Valley […] you have to be from a socio-economic class to even have access to those opportunities.”
The company plans to launch a project that specifically focuses on diversity in startup hiring.