We’re not about finding you another ‘startup job’. We’re all about finding you a high-growth career to love.
Short Kandidate history
At Kandidate, we are building a personalised recruitment platform that’s made for the startup community. We are committed to creating a new career growth path for you by matching your profile with a VC-backed startup and a role that ticks all the right boxes.
Our startup network
Mission and vision
We’re a diverse group of experts, unified by the desire to disrupt the recruitment status quo. Unlike traditional recruiters, we have all cut our teeth in startups and high-growth businesses, so we understand their ecosystem and how they tick.
What makes Kandidate different?
Traditional job search
- Endless hours trawling job board ads
- No aggressive ‘CV pushing’ and cold calls
- Recruiters blast CVs publicly
- Company details hidden
- “Your application is in a queue”
Kandidate fast-track process
- A role that matches your profile
- Salary & Company details upfront
- Your job search is 100% confidential
- CV and interview prep
- Career guidance on next steps
Meet the team
Alex founded Kandidate after 15 years of frustrations finding startup talent.
Before launching Kandidate, Alex was at onefinestay (Index Ventures) where he ran the hardware and software team for Sherlock, a virtual key product. At Take Eat Easy (Rocket Internet, DN Capital) Alex built the sales team as the first person on the ground as Country Manager.
Previously, he founded and built sales and engineering teams for Our Wedding Day Inc. (Acquired by TPG and Leonard Green Private Equity), developed a sales team in New York for MedicExchange Inc, and established the engineering team at Monocle Order Inc.
With over 200 hires for his own startups under his belt, Alex has worked with countless recruiters, and interviewed thousands of candidates in sales, marketing and engineering roles. At Kandidate, he wants to change the way top startups find and hire the best talent.
Jason WongCPO & Co-Founder
After graduating from LSE, Jason founded RiseHigh.co, a curated talent marketplace connecting pre-vetted commercial talent with Europe’s fastest growing tech firms.
RiseHigh was acquired by Kandidate in April 2017. Jason has since joined the Kandidate team as Co-Founder, taking the lead on product and marketing.
Krista WalkerHead of Business Development
The only Aussie in the team, Krista comes from a background in media sales having worked on magazine titles like Elle and Harper’s Bazaar in both Melbourne and Sydney. Krista took some time off to travel between Oct ’18 and Aug ’19 doing some exploring in her home country as well as visiting Sri Lanka, South Africa, Spain, Germany and Austria. Finishing her travels in London and having always had an interest in people and new ideas, she found the perfect mix in Kandidate, a tech startup that helps hire for the best startups in the UK and Europe.
Rebecca DiMassaHead of Research & Talent Partner
From finance to tech, Rebecca traded her suits for jeans when she joined the Yelp recruiting team in 2016. Finally a career she loved, she focused on hiring Silicon Valley’s top engineers, product managers and UX designers. Rebecca loves to travel and even managed to make Bali home base while she persued personal ventures including setting up her own business.
Rebecca joined Kandidate in 2018, ready and excited to take on the London recruiting scene. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys practising yoga, volunteering, dancing (preferably outside in the sunshine) and exploring all of the parks in London!
Giorgio BenazzoTalent Partner
German-born, Italian national, Giorgio grew up between Russia, the US and Canada. After graduating from McGill University, he decided to pursue different careers in various industries. He has worked in finance, fashion photography, event management and even ran his own music venue for 3 years, in Paris. He fell into recruitment because of his interest for people and the desire to help them achieve their goals.He speaks Italian, French, English, and Spanish loves to travel and continues to participate in event organising around the world. He joined Kandidate in January 2019
Stina Van Der StraetenTalent Partner
Stina joined Kandidate in November 2018 after graduating with a BSc from UCL in IT Business Management. She is a real Norwegian viking who drinks like a Belgian – skål! Stina has previously done an internship in Social Media and Marketing at a hostel, volunteered at Oxfam and worked as a Project Assistant at a Latin American festival. Like her previous career experience, she has also dabbled in a few different hobbies. She plays the piano and some guitar, was a majorette, a hip hop dancer, a singer, with a white belt in karate (my personal fave), did some ballet and gymnastics and even tried football and handball for a week. Her real interests now include travelling, and let’s not kid ourselves, tv and movies.
Sofiane LahlaouiTalent Partner
Sofiane joined Kandidate back in May 2019 after graduating with an MSc in International Business from PSB Paris School of Business. Sofiane developed a passion for recruitment while undertaking his internship at Morgan Philips Executive Search in France. He is a real tech enthusiast, and has an insatiable thirst for travel. He lived in five different countries and speaks French and English. Sofiane is curious and is always ready to chat over a coffee. Since May 2019, he has helped 17 SDRs to find their dream job, Kandidate style!
John GlassTalent Partner
A native Manhattan-ite, John moved to London for University 12 years ago. Having decided to switch gears and move away from fashion, an industry in which John had previously worked for 10 years building his own brands and teams, he entered Kandidate with lots of experience on the client side of the hiring process and with an enthusiastic curiosity for the tech startup landscape. In addition to his love of solving the placement puzzle for his candidates and clients, John remains a (silent) partner in his fashion line and spends his free time playing tennis and skiing.
Arielle CarraraTalent Partner
Arielle joined Kandidate LTD in 2018 after years of working in recruitment and sales in the professional services, financial services, tech and medical industries. Since joining Kandidate, she has helped build teams of over 100 employees. She has a passion for tech, and she loves hiring top talent to join some of London’s most impressive startups. Arielle has lived in five countries and speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish. In her spare time, she is a professional opera singer and enjoys traveling, all things in the arts, and going for long walks in the countryside surrounded by many labradors (okay, maybe this is a fantasy).
Katariina SalomäkiTalent Partner
Katariina joined RiseHigh in spring 2017 before the company was acquired by Kandidate, and had her first day immediately after returning from her travels across Japan.
Katariina previously worked in the charity/social enterprise sector, and in her spare time still spends a few hours a week supporting an international human rights association where she monitors media freedom in Nordic countries. She studied her BA on International Migration and continued studying Applied Social Research and Pedagogy in Stockholm University and in UCL London.
Outside of work, Katariina does Iyengar yoga and pottery. Sports have always played a big role in her life, and she holds two Finnish championships in Taekwondo.
Zsuzsa TörökTalent Researcher
Zsuzsa discovered her passion for recruitment and sourcing years ago while she was volunteering for a student-lead organization & NGO. After graduating she started to exercise her passion for recruitment by recruiting sales, operations, marketing and IT professionals. Zsuzsa joined the Kandidate team in June 2018, and she is supporting the Talent Partners by sourcing for various role types, including sales, marketing and IT. She holds a B.A in Literature and a Masters degree in Human Resources Management. During her personal time, she loves to travel and going on long walks. She is obsessed with hedgehogs, plants and books.
Elena PtakhinaTalent Researcher
A Sourcer with previous experience in HR, operations and sales, Elena is passionate about tech, startups and people. Her technical background allows her to be effective in the IT sphere, unlocking candidates’ full potential with strategic thinking, result and people-oriented approaches. The love for sourcing and attention for details, self-education and well being are her strengths. Before Kandidate Elena worked as a part of the consulting team with IT companies. Traveling, swimming, yoga, cooking and life-balance couching are her passions. She considers herself to be lucky to work with such an amazing team at Kadidate!
Katrin MazurTalent Researcher
Katrin is a certified Psychologist with 4+ years of experience in Recruiting/HR Management. Her main expertise is in business related roles: Sales, Marketing, Operations in IT and Ad Tech industries. The most valuable part of her experience she gained in New York while working for AdTech and hiring A players.
Katrin happily joined Kandidate in June 2019 and is fond of helping people and matching amazing candidates with their dream roles. She lives by the quote: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day”.
Katrin’s hobbies depend on the season, as summer is all about sunny days, lovely beaches, traveling, dancing, singing, and winter is all about Netflix.
Marina NikolicTalent Researcher
Marina has been in Sourcing and Recruitment for over 2 years and since then she has helped a lot of people find their dream job.
She developed a unique mix of technical skills, knowledge and experience and was helping candidates with prepping documents while applying for jobs. She trained a managed a team of six people, overseeing their development, progress and accuracy.
During her off time, Marina enjoys reading, watching tv shows (still didn’t get over Game of Thrones ending) and spending time with her close family and friends discussing next destinations to visit. It’s important to mention that Marina is the proud owner of a lovely 3 year old cat called Mljaca (that really appreciates Marina working remotely).
Jelena AndjelkovicTalent Researcher
A master psychologist by education, free spirit and nature lover by heart, Jelena joined Kanidate after 3 years of co-leading a small company in Belgrade. Attention to detail, previous experience in recruiting and sourcing skills helped her blend in. Jelena enjoys Kanidate’s progressive teamwork and atmosphere. She loves rain, saunas, good books, yogurt, traveling (has been to Thailand and Morocco in the last few years), hiking and trekking. One day she will have her own sustainable minimalistic designer brand (for now she makes her own clothes).She lived in a wild camp for a month last summer.
Atina AtanackovicTalent Researcher
A Sourcer, HR Manager, Museum Curator, Poet and determined to live 120 years (as that is just the perfect amount of time to see all the beauty on this planet!), Atina joined Kandidate in January 2019 and absolutely fell in love with sourcing. Lived in Sochi (Russia), London (UK), Wanning (China) and Belgrade (Serbia) so far, has an impressive collection of travelling miles so for sure wont be a boring grandma. An Anthropologist by degree and explorer by choice Atina has an interest in yoga, meditation, reading and plants. Her literature of choice is the UK Employment Law which can keep her focused for hours. This passion for detail made her fall in love with sourcing. She considers herself very lucky to be part of such an amazing team at Kadidate! A perfect day for her is made out of humor, mental stretching and sun.
Anna ZrazhevskaTalent Researcher
Anna has more than 4 years experience in the Sourcing and Recruiting industry. Before Kandidate she worked in IT and helped people to change their lives with relocation to new places She also worked as a line producer on TV!
She loves to explore new countries, people and cultures and experience the beauty of our planet. After being at the Everest base camp she became obsessed with mountains. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, baking cookies, making candles, reading books and watching stand up comedy on YouTube.
She’s enormously happy to be part of such a wonderful team at Kandidate, and feels that everyone is on the same wavelenght.
Orsolya AntalTalent Researcher
After graduating from the Emanuel University of Oradea, Orsi discovered her love and passion for sourcing and recruitment at SourceMatch, a recruitment expert for the IT industry, as well as contract consulting and staffing for the State of Texas. Since then, she has sourced top talent for various role types, including sales, marketing and IT. She joined Kandidate in January 2019.
During her personal time, Orsi enjoys swimming, travelling and making pancakes.
Maryna LusHead of Paid & SEO
Passionate about all things digital, Maryna holds a degree in Marketing Management. She fell in love with Marketing during her studies and never looked back. After 4 years of working in SEO and SEM across several roles in e-commerce and SaaS, she joined Kandidate on a mission to accelerate the company’s growth across paid channels.
Her special talents include crafting creative campaign messages, finding low-hanging fruit opportunities to optimize her campaigns and twisting classic pasta recipes. In her personal time, you can find Maryna geeking out on the latest Digital Marketing trends, traveling, riding bikes or reading.
Karim HauariLead Community Manager
With a background in Recruitment and Community, Karim joined Kandidate in January 2020 as the first Community Manager, to create orginal content and build an identity and following for Kandidate online. Orginally from Belgium, Karim started his career as a Recruiter when he moved to London. He realised, as he was recruiting people to work for startups that he wanted in on the action himself. He joined Verve, a London startup, in 2017, focusing on building a community for several festivals in Europe. After one year at the company, he oversaw recruitment and training for the Community department. Besides his day job Karim has a passion for people, history, nature, tech, travel and gaming.
Kate BubenProduct & Recruitment
Before joining RiseHigh in November 2015, Kate gained her experience as the Business Planner for a lightweight composite panels manufacturer.
In the early days of RiseHigh, and still today after its aquisition by Kandidate, Kate helps grow the platform’s supply of commercial talent through executing and optimising various candidate acquisition strategies. She is an expert at using different matching techniques to find the most suitable candidates for business roles. Kate is also a member of the product team who automates and develops the platform to make the work of the team smoother and faster. She holds an MA in Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems in Warsaw School of Economics in Poland.
Outside of work, Kate practices yoga and meditation and has a huge interest in natural medicine.
Pierre-Vincent TaisneProduct Manager
Born and raised in Paris, Pierre came into the recruitment industry two years ago by joining Hired as a supply strategist. Prior to that, Pierre-Vincent built two startups in Paris and holds a dual masters degree in entrepreneurship and innovation, and also attended le Wagon, a coding bootcamp. In his spare time, he likes to cook, watch ice-hockey (which he played for 10 years) and work on side projects.
Nikodem CabalaProduct Analyst
Nikodem is a Polish-born sailing enthusiast who joined the company as a product analyst at the beginning of 2019. He’s in the last year of his master’s degree in enterprise finance management, but his real passion is programming, which is why he spends every free moment learning C# and .NET. He lives and works in Warsaw, loves traveling (preferably on a yacht), meditation and yoga, speaks Polish, English and Spanish, and most importantly, loves working with the amazing Kandidate team!
Veronika LebedevaOperations specialist
Recently moved to Europe from far away Siberia, Veronika changed her life and career from social media analysis or teaching people to Kandidate’s product team. Besides her job Veronika is passionate about board games, Zumba, fitness and dancing. She also has a lifestyle Instagram blog with travel lifehacks, cityscapes and funny questionaires about tricky words in the Polish language.