Finding the right people you need is hard, whether you’re looking for an extra set of hands or your next great hire. You look for this help by posting ads online, asking around or posting notices in your window. This process, albeit the add in of technology, has not changed in decades. Job posts can receive hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes and some posts may receive only a handful – all from the wrong people. The entire process is passive, even though your need might be immediate. You wind up having to wait for the right people to show up.
The recruiting industry was formed to make hiring a more active undertaking, and a recruiter’s services are available at a hefty price tag. The power of these recruitment firms lies in a candidate database that allows them to search for and pick out resources who may be available. We need this to exist, but it’s about time that we shake it up to which we’d like to introduce you to Peple.
We are a search engine for active job seekers in your area. We provide the tools needed to find the right people at the right time. We empower you to take an active role in finding the people you need. You can search and filter from active job seekers in your area – based on how far the job seeker is willing to travel for a job – identifying interesting and available people, sending them a message and making great connections. Peple takes the power of the recruiter’s candidate databases and puts it in the hands of everyday people.
We believe that finding the help you need should be as easy as doing an internet search, allowing anyone to ask who is available in your area looking for work who can do x, y, and z.
I’m Chris Melnick-MacDonald, the founder of Peple. I’m a technical serial entrepreneur who has founded several small businesses and start-ups. I’m a former Archaeologist and Canadian Armed Forces member. After leaving the military, I began a Geospatial Consulting firm, and I have consulted on several national programs. I helped design the next generation of Geospatial Intelligence capabilities for Canada and our Allies, created the open geospatial portal for Canada’s authoritative and foundational geospatial data, and was the Lead Architect for the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 GeoStatistical Platform. A platform which provided key infrastructure and informational products to the public, including those used by the Chief Public Health Officer and the Prime Minister of Canada.
Prior to starting Peple, I founded a company called Nowtaskr - A helping hand on-demand. A transactional marketplace connecting users with odd jobs in the Ottawa area. Due to the business model of Nowtaskr and general unit economics, the business shut down after 34 months. In the month after Nowtaskr closed, through very positive feedback from users, I began working on a platform now known as Peple. The mission of finding the right people you need still holds true.
Throughout my career, I have focused on the search and discovery of geospatial data and assets. These complex systems allow users to easily find even the most advanced data at a click of a button. When I first started my Geospatial Consulting firm, I partnered with several recruitment agencies to jointly bid on government contracts.
During these ventures, I came to a realization that the recruitment industry was utilizing a similar process to find candidates as I was designing to find geospatial data. Agencies rely on candidate databases to provide options to their clients. By taking my knowledge in the design of these systems, and applying it to the recruitment process, I could create an even better engine. This engine would increase the access to job seeker information to an even larger market at a reduced cost, a true opportunity at venture scale.