Candidates who are looking for jobs at venture-backed startups send Underdog.io their resumes and other basic information. Using a combination of human intelligence and technology, Underdog.io reviews and ranks candidates and sends curated weekly batches to companies on our platform. Founders and hiring managers contact candidates directly and take them through their normal hiring process.
We’re a team of four with years of interviewing and hiring experience at venture-backed startups. We’ve also been candidates searching for jobs at startups and technology companies. We're working hard to improve the experience for both sides of the market.
Every week, we send a curated batch of technical, product, and business candidates to the companies on the Underdog.io platform. Only a small percentage of candidates who sign up for Underdog.io make it into a weekly batch and, for the most part, each candidate only gets to participate in one batch. Companies reach out to batch candidates directly and take them through their normal hiring process.
95% of companies using the Underdog.io platform are privately-held venture-backed startups. The remainder are larger technology companies and organizations that have startup-like opportunities. Our goal is to build a network of the highest-quality organizations in the world, which means that we only approve about 50% of the companies that try to join Underdog.io. We don't work with recruiting agencies.
We group candidates into three expertise categories: technical, product, and business. Technical candidates are engineers (backend, frontend, fullstack, data, QA, DevOps, hardware, and more). Product candidates are product designers and product managers. Business candidates cover a broad range of roles (sales, marketing, business development, operations, finance, human resources, legal, and more).
Jobs at technology companies are highly specialized and competitive. Given that, only a small subset of candidates who apply to Underdog.io get featured in a weekly candidate batch. Technical and product candidates usually hear from us within 7-10 days of signing up. For business candidates, the timeline can be a little longer. Because of candidate volume, we can only respond to candidates when they are selected for an Underdog.io batch.
No. All candidates have the option to identify specific companies that Underdog.io shouldn't contact on their behalf. We also proactively hide candidates from current and past employers.
Many do, but candidates who have the best experience with Underdog.io tend to be looking for onsite, full-time positions and don't require visa sponsorship. Some of our companies sponsor visa candidates who already live in the U.S. and have existing, transferable visas. If you live outside of the U.S. and/or hold a non-transferable visa (e.g. B1, L1, J1), we are not likely to feature you in an Underdog.io candidate batch.
Please try to put something together, even if it's just a PDF export of your LinkedIn profile. Resumes aren't perfect, but they help give us a structured summary of our candidates' work and education experience.
We're planning to launch new cities in the coming months based on the demand for Underdog.io and the environment for technology hires in each local market. Visit our cities pages to track our progress.