The Super Story
Super is an app that allows people to search for jobs and build their résumés on their smartphone. It does this by matching résumés with available postings. Candidates can swipe to the right to shortlist an employer and companies can do the same for candidates. When an employer and candidate pick each other, the app connects them via email. Founded by Faisal Memon and Dayson Pais in 2013, Super now has over half a million registered jobseekers and more than 100 employers.
In Conversation with Faisal and Dayson
Recipe for success
• Product Obsession: Startups that obsess over every piece of the user experience and on perfecting the last-mile of the product inevitably win at everything, faster.
• Speed as a habit: All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win.
• Team. Team. Team. It’s what makes or breaks every day at a startup.
• Focus + Hard Work: Choosing wisely what to do every day and doing it with massive amounts of effort and smart work.
Your unique idea
Super is disrupting job search with a mobile-only approach. Hiring so far has largely been spray-and-pray with decade-old ideas and zero innovation. We’re reimagining every piece of the experience from the ground up and perfecting it for a people-centred economy.
We’re delivering the sexiest jobs and hiring experience the world has ever seen…and we’re just getting started.
Partnership with Kalaari
It’s been a great start! The folks at Kalaari are fast movers, entrepreneur-backers who look at psyche over vision and know how to distinguish between great, good and bad.
Vani and team have enabled us to think bigger, stay focused and execute meticulously. We’re happy and it has been exciting to work with them.
Your first meeting
Based on a few other VCs I’d interacted with, I had almost developed an opinion of how VCs approach first meetings. But then came my first meeting with Vani, a less-formal one. It was a disaster, in my opinion. I almost felt unprepared and immature about what we wanted to achieve. She gave us a lot to think about – things that were simple, meaningful and relevant to the stage our business was in. It’s a trait that’s hard to find elsewhere and one of those things that separates ‘entrepreneurs’ from ‘investors’.
This fuelled us to go back and aggressively rethink, flesh out, detail and obsess crazily. We were able to keep the communication going and turn things around in the next few weeks. The partner meeting was not just the day we presented to Kalaari, but also a day that made us feel extremely confident and solid about the venture we’re building.
They’ve been professional, committed and easy to interact with.