Sergiu Matei is the founder of Index.dev, a global platform for hiring remote software engineers, with a pool of over 8,000 expertly vetted developers. The idea behind the company came when Sergiu was living in San Francisco and helped some of his contacts hire remote developers in Eastern Europe.
When he began connecting engaging teams with his global talent pool, Sergiu immediately saw an opportunity to make it easier for tech companies to connect with top-tier talent across the world.
“In a nutshell, tech companies looking to find high-performing remote tech talent are using Index to solve that problem,” says Sergiu.
On September 14, Sergiu will share his formula for how founders can hire and retain top tech teams across the globe.
His webinar will cover:
- How to find affordable local talent
- How to find top talent in cities across the globe
- The best process for working with agencies to assess business match
- How to sustainably scale a company with strong culture as a founder
How Index Works
Tech companies looking to find developers for their teams use Index.dev to simplify their hiring process. Index.dev uses its expertise to find affordable talent and assess skills and business match. They’re able to land companies with a high-quality developer within a week.
“I will be the first to tell you that tech companies are working overtime to find world-class developers,” says Sergiu.
Index.dev hires in 120 countries and makes it fast and convenient for clients to manage the employment process. They handle everything from payroll to helping to vet and understand prospects in new markets. This formula is changing the way companies think about hiring. It opens up new doors to exciting ideas and talent with different perspectives.
Understanding The Market Potential
While Sergiu was living in San Francisco and mentoring at an accelerator, he began helping people hire remote engineers. He himself had connections to talent in different areas of the world, but saw a disconnect in how companies were engaging with the market. Overwhelmingly, early-stage companies were getting bogged down by the costs of talent in their local market and were unable to reliably land talent overseas.
“I moved back to Europe and thought, ‘Okay, maybe I should do something about this to connect talent with companies, startups, tech companies looking to hire’,” he says.
After Sergiu finished his master’s at Oxford, he saw an opening. His idea was to meet the future of remote work by making it easier to hire, manage, pay, and work with talent.
Index.dev soon started with a model of linking companies to agencies with strong developer talent pools. It worked for a while until the company began to scale.
“We were growing 10% month by month. We saw it as a good sign that we would be doubling in seven months and could realistically 10x the business in two years. With that continued trajectory, we knew that we could build a big unicorn,” says Sergiu.
Today, Index.dev works with tech startups backed by Sequoia Capital, A16z, Kleiner, Goldman Sachs, Battery, and YC.
“We’re still not done yet. We are looking to reinvent ourselves and find ways to add more value to the customer. That’s the question I always ask myself: ‘How can I add more value? How can I be better, cheaper, faster, more efficient for the ideal client?’” he says.
As a startup, Index.dev has achieved remarkable growth by embracing a remote work environment. The team carefully selects and deploys remote software engineers while also working as a remote operational team. This unique approach sets Index.dev apart from other startups, as the company has successfully scaled its operations while maintaining a strong remote work culture.
Make Company Culture Your Compass
Sergiu leads his own company in the same way he would expect any successful company to lead their teams. At Index.dev, that means prioritizing company culture.
Index.dev’s culture is driven by the 3P’s – Passion, Play and Potential. Every employee that is hired and retained is aligned with the company through this lens.
“Play stands for that which you do every day should be something you enjoy. That is important. Potential means that every employee has to develop themselves and grow. And, lastly, Purpose is not just doing business – but also doing good by conducting good business,” he shares.
Index.dev holds itself accountable to this culture by organizing teams that monitor the culture. As needed, the staff in these roles offer ideas and organize projects to improve the culture.
“We identify people that love what they do. If they don’t love their current position, we try to change their role or perhaps [say] that we may not be a fit. We don’t want to keep people if they don’t like what they’re doing,” he shares.