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Despite being rated as the number one online job website in Nigeria, Olalekan Olude, a co-founder of Jobberman, insists that the company established in 2009 still have a long way to go. OLUSHOLA RICKETTS met with him recently.
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Humble beginning The Jobberman concept was originally Opeyemi Awoyemi’s idea and after he sold it to his friends, they didn’t require much convincing. He bought the domain jobberman. com and put up a first version online. In his fifth and final year, during an industrial strike, he exchanged text messages with Ayodeji Adewunmi on making the idea a real business and they formally launched Jobberman.com in August 2009. As one of the co-founders, Olelekan Olude, told Saturday Telegraph, they were just living by the day during the formative years. “We did what we needed to do at that moment.
There were times where we felt we might not be able to make it big as we wanted it to be but we kept pushing on.” Before starting Jobberman, Olude and Ayodeji had a bit of work experience. “I’ve been working since 2001 and I have always had one project or the other to work on at any given time,” Olude explained. “I also interned at Goldman Sachs over a space of three years. Ayodeji has worked on a number of profits and non-profits projects and had a short stint at Goldman Sachs also. But Opeyemi has always had the entrepreneurial spirit even as an undergraduate.”
While Opeyemi and Olude studied computer engineering, Ayodeji studied medicine. Though Opeyemi was Olude’s course mate in school, they hardly did stuff together. Olude, however, admits that a business deal tied them together and they went on to become good friends. Since it started, Jobberman.com has reputedly helped more than 50,000 Nigerians find their dream jobs. To advertise job openings and find the right people, both local and multinational companies use the portal. Seeing the huge potentials in this business model, Tiger Global, a New York-based fund with investments in Facebook and LinkedIn became an investor in Jobberman.com in 2011. The service now has a subsidiary in Ghana and East Africa. Through the owners’ lens Despite the remarkable growth Jobberman CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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