Meet Elohor Thomas, co-founder and CEO at CodeLn a panafrican tech startup that helps companies find their IDEAL pre-vetted software developers on the continent and at the same time helps software engineers find their dream jobs.
They do that by automatically efficiently and consistently testing the skills of the software engineers before making recommendations to the hiring companies. On the other hand, they send interesting job opportunities to the software engineers, that match their skills and interests. And if they get a go from the developers they suggest the candidate to the hiring company.
So essentially, CodeLn automates part of the tech recruitment process.
Elohor was working as a tech recruiter, as well as a developer before. At one time, she worked as a tech trainer for a government program, that was designed to teach young people how to code. The training was for 3 months and the promise was that at the end of the 3 months each of the attendees was going to get a job. Elohor saw how the students worked diligently and grew a lot through the program. But at the end of the 3 month training only about 5% or so of the participants were placed on a job, Elohor shares.
That stuck with her and is one of the reasons she is now driven to help African software engineers find jobs at both local and international companies.
In the interview with Elohor we speak about:
★ How she and her co-founders came up with the idea
★ Learnings from her previous experiences as a solopreneur and employee
★ And the ins and outs of recruiting for tech roles
We also get Elohor’s take on doing business in different markets with a panafrican founding team and her advice for young founders.
We hope you’ll enjoy the interview as much as we did. And now, without further ado, enter Elohor Thomas.