Continuum unveils its on-demand entry market for top-tier government expertise – TechCrunch



It’s tough for startups on a small finances to draw executives with the data base to propel them ahead, however Continuum, a expertise market for fractional staff, doesn’t suppose it must be.
The remote-first firm, which launched right this moment, has been quietly creating a software that matches venture-backed corporations with executives who’ve been-there-done-that, however don’t wish to be tied down once more by a full-time place.
Continuum was based in 2020 by Nolan Church, former Carta chief individuals officer and DoorDash head of expertise; Greg White, former Carta head of DevOps and safety engineering; and Mary Nelson, former Voxer head of product and design. They got down to construct a method for corporations to entry world-class expertise, however not be locked into hiring somebody full time.
“There may be an excessive expertise scarcity, which has been lined at size, however it’s tougher than ever to rent somebody; the method is taking longer than ever and one of the best individuals have extra choices than ever earlier than,” Church instructed TechCrunch. “That bought us enthusiastic about full time as one path that exists amongst a few others.”
The scarcity, mixed with extra startups elevating seed and Collection A investments, implies that these burgeoning corporations aren’t seeing the type of inbound consideration from job seekers, however as a substitute must do outbound, both themselves or by a recruiter.
Continuum’s mannequin does the outbound work for corporations and presents a listing of executives, inside 48 hours, who can be found to start out that day, working 15 or 20 hours per week. Executives create a profile and set their availability and charge and may settle for or reject a chance. Continuum prices a 15% charge on prime of that.
On the corporate aspect, it allows them to keep away from buying large quantities of “individuals debt,” whereas additionally studying from somebody who has already achieved it. Continuum additionally manages the again workplace administration of the employee: contracts, taxes and payouts, invoicing the startup month-to-month.
To proceed creating its market, the corporate introduced Friday a $2.85 million seed spherical. Uncork Capital led and was joined by Day One Ventures and a bunch of angel buyers, together with Lattice founder Jack Altman, Carta CEO Henry Ward, Flippa founder Matt Mickiewicz and DoorDash founder Tony Xu.
Altman, in individuals administration himself, mentioned he sees what Continuum is doing — extra versatile working alternatives — as the way forward for work. He bought concerned with the corporate early on and located Church and his co-founders to be mission-driven and placing collectively the type of expertise market that matches with the place he believes the working world is headed.
“Workers have extra selection than ever earlier than,” he added. “Individuals are additionally not simply staying in a single space, however are multifaceted people with a lot of pursuits. The world of labor is swinging towards the employer yearly, and corporations must help individuals with a purpose to construct profitable corporations.”
Continuum launched its product in June, and since then is seeing a rise of 5 occasions the gross quantity. Church says product options are about 80% of the way in which there, so the brand new funding will go towards constructing extra government again workplace instruments and hiring engineers to complete that out.
The corporate is starting to scale provide and demand acquisition and is working with 100 executives on that aspect and three dozen startups on the opposite aspect.
“COVID has pushed everybody right into a distant world being OK,” Church added. “Location is now agnostic and we will remedy the worldwide drawback of it being exhausting to rent specialists and executives.”