Founded in 2019, Commit is a Canadian startup company that has created a remote professional networking platform for software engineers who are looking to connect with early-stage startup companies for potential employment. In essence, the business is similar to LinkedIn but specifically targets software engineers and startup companies that are able to work together fully remotely.
The company offers a community of other engineers to connect with, exchange knowledge, and collaborate. In addition, the company also offers virtual professional development opportunities such as personal coaches and classes, as well as potential career transitions. The business curates available opportunities that may interest an engineer and offers a mutual three-month pilot project to determine if the engineer and the startup are a good fit.
According to the company, it thoroughly vets startup companies that it features on its platform before connecting them with any potential software engineers. Commit has partnered with startup companies like Procurify, Certn, Patch, Plastiq, and Dapper Labs. Dapper Labs created an NBA digital collectible store, NBA Top Shot. Startup Savant recently reported that Dapper Labs invested in “video print” company Infinite Objects.
The business claims it grew 370% in 2020 and hopes to help 500 engineers find gainful employment this year. Additionally, the company claims that about 90% of engineers on the platform find full-time employment after completing pilot projects.
Commit announced it raised $6 million in seed funding led by Accomplice. Kensington Capital Partners, Inovia, and Garage Capital also participated in this round.
Greg Gunn, CEO of the business, said in a statement, “This last year has proven that developers don’t need to go back to the office...We started Commit to help the world’s best engineers start and accelerate remote-first careers. By eliminating the constraints of co-location, we dramatically increase access for the majority of software developers who are located outside of tech hubs.”
This new capital will support the launch of the platform from beta testing. Furthermore, the business will invest in increasing the number of engineers on the platform by 10 times in the next year. Moreover, Commit will explore opportunities to reach more engineers and more startup companies.
At the moment, the business has a waitlist for software engineers interested in joining the platform but has not yet shared how many are on it. Engineers are accepted to the business platform based on their performance during a technical interview.
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McKenzie Carpenter is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. in Integrative Public Relations and French. McKenzie has previously worked for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.