You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need
The Rolling Stones
I started Proven with Sean Falconer and Joe Mellin when we were all graduate students at Stanford (MBA, Computer Science Post-Doc, Masters in Design).
The original idea development began in 2009, and we first received seed funding in 2010.
The soul of the idea has always been: How do you use mobile phones to help people hire and get hired? And, how do you build products for a demographic that has been historically overlooked by hiring software?
By traditional Silicon Valley standards, we have not been a smashing success. However, we have survived, adapted, iterated, and pivoted along the way to find our way (ninth time’s the charm!).
Today we have seven figure revenues and are growing 50-60% per year. We are profitable, we are fully remote, and we are happy. Can’t ask for much more.