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Gregg Anderson, a graduate student at San Diego State University, cofounded Jobioz, Inc. along with fellow students Jessica Wooding and Rob Schmieder in 2012.
Jobioz aims to revolutionize the hiring process for graduating students, increasing efficiency, reducing costs and providing an all in one job hunting and online recruiting platform. Through the online platform students can create a digital portfolio, look for and find jobs, and manage the application process. On the other side of the table, employers can create a company profile, search for and find candidates, and manage the recruiting process.
The startup’s entire business model was born at San Diego State University and is completely owned and operated by students and recent SDSU Alumni. “We’ve been in The Zahn Center for Technological Innovation on the SDSU campus for the last year,” says Anderson. “We’ve also had very strong mentors and we’ve been self-funding the venture by using the revenue from our previous company that we are still operating, a company that helps brands compete online through digital marketing tactics and strategic marketing planning.”
The team reached a huge milestone when they built the Jobioz platform for less than $5,000 when it could have cost them $500,000. They are planning to launch their beta product before the May graduation season, and their goal this year is to become the recruitment leader in San Diego. Anderson says he hopes to bring 10,000 student users and 1,000 employers onto the platform by the end of the year.
While working on Jobioz, Anderson learned, “If you don’t know what your customers want, you don’t have a business.” He also stresses that students have access to a lot of mentors and advisors, so aspiring student entrepreneurs should not be afraid to reach out for help. “Successful entrepreneurs, VC’s, Angel investors or industry experts love giving back to students by providing advice,” says Anderson.
The last piece of advice he offers to fellow student entrepreneurs is the simple message of not giving up. “You will have a lot of people telling you what you’re doing is not possible, or that it won’t work or that you won’t succeed. But the more impossible your idea, the more it should motivate you to show the world that if you can dream it, you can do it.”
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