When Elance asked us to tell a story about a new way to work, Whozat came to mind. Our team is spread out from Kyrgyzstan to California. It consists of an Argentinian, an Italian, three Americans, a Spaniard, a Kyrgyz and two Russians –our next hire will likely be Peruvian. Contrary to common wisdom that high-tech start-ups are started by single males, Whozat counts four women (soon to be five) in its team, two thirds of the initial team-members brought a child to life in our company’s first two years, and the three initial team-members now count seven children in their families. What we share is a passion for making information about people easily and globally accessible.
Whozat started in an invention factory in a garage, pictured below:
Our first Board room was in the founder’s dining room.
When Whozat raised financing, it did not go to Sand Hill Road. It raised money from successful entrepreneurs who already knew firsthand how to grow a successful business.
When AT&T approached us about testing our people search engine, they tested more thoroughly than we had had time to test it –they even called us on a Sunday night to find out when our site would be back up –luckily, the answer was in a few minutes. So imagine our delight when they told us they found that “Whozat worked the best, and hammers it every time, while other people made a mess”. Talk about outsourcing: we had outsourced our Q/A to our prospective partners.
Need further proof we’re, well, a little different? Hear our co-founder Marzia Polito sing an Ode to Whozat on her guitar.
As people-persons, we believe in family. So every year, Whozat’s founders spend a couple of weeks in their native Argentina and Italy. When we needed travel arrangements, we were too busy to find the best deal ourselves. So we followed Tim Ferriss’ advice in The 4-Hour Workweek and hired a virtual assistant on ELance, and went from job post to booked travel arrangements in hours.
If we win ELance’s competition for a year’s worth of healthcare, that will be the company’s first healthcare plan. Meaning ELance and your vote could be, well, good for our health. Vote for us at http://vator.tv/competition/show/elances-new-way-to-work-competition .
Then find out what Whozat knows about you at www.whozat.com . To paraphrase Harvard Professor of Computer Science Harry Lewis, you may learn things about you you didn’t even know yourself. Or, if you’re *really* serious about learning everything there is to know about someone, upload their resume, bio or simply a few keywords about the person you are looking for at www.SocialDiligence.com .