When it comes to connecting “creatives” (photographers, designers, marketers, advertisers, etc.) with companies or individuals seeking talent, British startup The Dots is quickly becoming one of the first places you should look. Founded by Pip Jamieson, who has spent years as a “creative” herself, The Dots is looking to establish itself as a comprehensive platform for finding creatives (whether freelancers, interns, or employees), workspaces, jobs, courses, and inspirations.
The service functions as a marketplace, with users able to search through individuals based on their job, school, job-level, location, university background, award-status, availability, skill-set, and recommendation-level. Having find a type of candidate, you can go ahead and rank listings by “curated”, “popular”, or “latest” or simply search for what you are specifically seeking, but it is also possible to “follow” other users, if you want to keep track of them for future reference.
The Dots has embraced a freemium model, offering individuals and companies the ability to create a profile for free, but then charging, on a subscription or ad-hoc basis, those who choose to recruit through the site. Prices range widely, as workspaces can be listed for free, while courses are 5 pounds (per inquiry) or free, and job-listings cost between 20-150 pounds to post, depending on the type. There is also a feature that allows companies to manage freelancers, which costs between 6-100 pounds per month, depending on how many freelancers you are managing and whether you choose the annual or monthly plan.
Despite being founded only last year, The Dots already claims a client base “in the thousands” and which includes brands like Vice, Sony Music UK, Airbnb, Spotify, Conde Nast, Facebook, Red Bull, Selfridges, the BBC, and others. Just this week, the startup announced that they have closed their first funding round, valued at 1.5 million pounds, led by Sir John Hegarty (who also joins as chairman) and including participation from a group of angel investors from Hambro Perks, Angel Academe, and Coral Reef. The Dots intends to put the funding towards accelerating the company’s growth in the United Kingdom and then raising additional funding to support international expansion.