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#4 Product of the DayMarch 30, 2017

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Roger DickeyHunter@rogerdickey · Founder of Gigster - We make apps!
I've been following Zach and his team for years. They've helped hundreds of people land jobs at the likes of Google, Facebook, etc with job-hunting products. Seeing them expand into on-demand career advice is exciting. It's a much larger market and I haven't seen anything like it before. Pricing seems fair too :) Why doesn't everyone have a "talent agent"? Hope this can help a lot of people.
Zach TratarMaker@zachtratar · Zach Tratar
@rogerdickey Thanks for the Hunt and kind words Roger! As mentioned, we've been tackling the "job hunt" through coaching for a while now. After you talk to hundreds upon hundreds of people personally, you find patterns. People, every day, every week, are making decisions that affect their career trajectory. We would always think "wow, If they had know this one piece of information 4 months ago, they'd be in such a good position now." Boost is a service that helps you make the smartest decisions all the time. It's your own personal advisor -- powered by both real people and technology -- that understands your unique situation, taps into the data of the world, and gives you professional superpowers. We invite you all to try it out and let us know what you think. :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
This is pretty cool. What is it set up with? Is it a custom site?
Andrew RhyneMaker@andrew_rhyne · Engineer
@bentossell Yup, completely custom. Built ReactJS and GraphQL
Zach TratarMaker@zachtratar · Zach Tratar
@bentossell To go into more detail, we've effectively built a combination help desk & "load balancer for expertise." This helps us source the best advice very quickly from a network of hundreds of top people. Our trained career coaches help ensure every conversation is completely personal, 100% accurate, and effective.
Andrew Hsu@andrewomatic
Great idea - democratizing talent agencies that normally only already rich and powerful people have. Feels like everyone could use this. Is it focused on tech people first? There are probably many other industries that may benefit even more.
Zach TratarMaker@zachtratar · Zach Tratar
@andrewomatic Our specialties are definitely in Software Engineering, Design, and Product Management. That being said, we're currently working with experts to design coaching playbooks for other fields rapidly. Thanks for the question!
Justin Ezor@justin_ezor · Community Development Strategist
This is badass! Way to go guys🙂 Would be awesome to apply this concept to brand ambassadors and sales people who want to crush their goals. A couple questions: How do you guys source the experts? And do they get paid to provide assistance?
Zach TratarMaker@zachtratar · Zach Tratar
@justin_ezor Thanks Justin! 👊 - Goal tracking and encouragement is something we think about often... it's hard to pitch people on it though. We do think there is a huge opportunity for the advisor to play a more pro-active coaching role. Love the idea. - We manually recruit experts. We have people who work on SpaceX's Falcon9, Google's Self-Driving Cars, and experts in open source. - Experts do get paid to provide assistance. The amount varies depending on *how* they help, but if you do the calculations it usually comes out to about $50/hr.
Justin Ezor@justin_ezor · Community Development Strategist
@zachtratar so dope!! How long have you guys been working on this? And what was your original inspiration?
Zach TratarMaker@zachtratar · Zach Tratar
@justin_ezor that's quite a long story... maybe over coffee sometime, else I'll write a huge wall of text and people are going to spawn a magical downvote button out of necessity. ;) We've been working on the coaching/advisement/mentorship problem for about 2 1/2 years now. It's gone through many, many iterations -- and that's how we ended up with this awesome product. :)
Dre Durr💡@dredurr · Growth Hacker
This looks very dope🚬🚬
Morgaine NassifMaker@mnassif
@dredurr 😎 Thanks!