Traditional recruiting is broken

In building Subspace, we’ve learned a lot about bias. The habits our brains developed to survive on the savannah do us a terrible disservice in the age of reason and the internet. We leap to conclusions, instinctually prefer people who look us like us, and spend too much time worrying about perception. These habits lead us to build dysfunctional engineering teams where, every year, 34% of people quit their new job.

If the tech industry got a grade, it might be failing.


What isn’t working?

Today’s hiring process is non-deterministic. That is, the hoops companies make candidates leap through don’t necessarily determine whether those individuals will be good at the job. The hoops simply ensure companies only hire those who are skilled at jumping through hoops.


Paper resumes weed out great developers who are bad at writing resumes.

Technical code interviews weed out great developers who are bad at code interviews.

Recruiters weed out great developers who aren’t great performers.

Hiring managers weed out great developers who are unlike them.

Most startups addressing this problem are only working to make one piece of the broken funnel less dysfunctional. Code test sites like Codility and HackerRank help recruiters be less subjective. Recruiting agencies use algorithms to try to make resumes more accurate. Language assessment services try to make job postings less biased. But they’re all still shoving people through the same non-deterministic funnel where, at some point, someone’s going to make a biased decision.

So why not remove the funnel?

Image credit: Jobvite

Image credit: Jobvite

Subspace matches based on skill

Subspace is the first freelancing platform that uses peer review to isolate a developer’s true skill. When companies post projects, our system locates the ideal developers for each piece of the project automatically. There are no resumes, no phone screens, and no interviews. There is no wondering whether to cover up your tattoo in an interview or guessing how many golf balls it’d take to fill a school bus. There is only connecting the right people to the right projects and building it all in a peer-reviewed, code-tested work group.

There are no profile pictures in Subspace. Everyone works under a persistent and verified yet entirely anonymous pseudonym, which means, race doesn’t matter. Gender doesn’t matter. Age doesn’t matter. What matters is that you write good code.

Subspace helps hiring managers get out of their own way and increases the diversity of their hires. Subspace helps excellent developers find work, no matter whether they have a four-year degree or how they present. It’s a path to better code, but also a path to a better world.

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