Apr 12, 2016 Katsushi Minami
While working at Facebook, I realized how much potential social networking sites (SNS) that use real identities had. In Japan, before Facebook, internet users stayed anonymous or used nicknames. Wantedly started out as a Q&A service similar to Quora, but used Facebook’s real-identity social graph. We kept pivoting until Wantedly became an online job search service that takes advantage of SNS.
The whole point of Wantedly is to connect employers to employees through the visions and passions of the company, rather than through salaries or benefits. Even large corporations that use our service, such as Dentsu and Sony, are not allowed to express their salaries. This is why through Wantedly, small startups and large multinational corporations are on a level playing field. Furthermore, Wantedly is finely tuned for social media compatibility, which enables easy sharing and quick spread of information.
Many people think of Wantedly as just another job search site, but we want Wantedly to become an infrastructure that supports the entire working life. In the United States, LinkedIn has become a major infrastructure. However, LinkedIn supports equal exchange of salary and skill, which is based on the idea of extrinsic motivation. Already, the world is moving more and more towards working based on intrinsic motivation, driven by passion and curiosity, rather than salary. Although it may take time, we want Wantedly to become the infrastructure that supports this new way of working.
We’re first aiming to make Wantedly the Facebook for businesses. Last year, we released a chat application called “Sync”, which is created solely for business use, similar to Slack. Also, in the near future, instead of exchanging business cards, we want users to be able to connect through Wantedly after a meeting. It could acts as a record for the details of the meeting as well.
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