Geektastic raises £230,000 seed funding to help companies hire tech talent

Helping firms plug their tech skills gap, the start-up sets peer reviewed challenges for candidates as an alternative to automated coding tests

Geektastic, a London-based start-up that helps recruitment companies and in-house recruiters hire techies, has raised £230,000 in seed funding from a range of angel investors.

A peer-to-peer platform “run by developers for developers”, Geektastic sets peer reviewed challenges for  job candidates as an alternative to the automated coding challenges which it claims are generally disliked by developers.

Providing a more rigorous test to a candidate’s technical and problem solving skills, Geektastic says its online community can provide businesses with a deeper insight into a candidate’s capabilities and a more personal and holistic approach to the general pre-recruitment assessment.

All completed code challenges are reviewed by Geektastic’s ‘UberGeeks’ community –  experienced software engineers handpicked from around the world who also provide constructive performance feedback to candidates.

To join the UberGeek community, the start-up says developers must excel at multiple coding challenges and also perform ‘dummy’ assessments to ensure their reviewing skills match their coding capabilities.

Over 5,000 developers have joined the Geektastic community to date, with more than 80 developers now earning a secondary income as an UberGeek by reviewing code challenges.

Handpicked by Geektastic according to the quality of their submissions and reviewing skills, UberGeeks can earn £25 for every coding challenge they review.

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While developers pay nothing to join the community, and can take a Geektastic coding challenge for free.

Founded by Rick Brownlow and Charles Girdham, Skyscanner, Accenture, Go Compare and Just Giving have already used Geektastic to support their tech recruitment process.

Recruiters can either use Geektastic’s own challenges or administer their client’s challenges via the platform. Prices are based on a pay-per-use model and start from £50/month.

Brownlow said:

“Coding challenges are now a vital part of the recruitment process, but the current model is failing developers and employers.

“Most software developers dislike undertaking automated tech screens because they realise they cannot properly evaluate their broad spectrum of skills.

“Candidates tell us they enjoy our challenges and they appreciate the performance feedback which is so lacking in machine based systems.

“In addition, the high standards we set are respected by leading employers.”