Innovators. They come in many forms. They dream big but they aren’t just dreamers. They form raw ideas into cool products with disruptive business models. They shatter entire industries and leave established leviathans running scared with their tails between their legs. The Innovators interview series connects you with the most driven people on the planet. What makes them tick? What advice do they have for tech founders? What tools do they use to get the job done? Read on to find out.
Dennis Albinus is the CEO of Revl, a website that helps people get their next job. He is known as one of Europe’s visionary human resource technologists and has over 10 years of experience in the online labor market as a CEO, innovator, and technology expert. Dennis developed the CPC model for the job market in Europe, changing 80% of the existing business models for all job boards. In 2006, he founded Job Brokers and was consequently awarded the “Most Innovative Entrepreneur” in the Netherlands. Today, Dennis’s disruptive concept is considered the gold standard both in Europe and the United States. Currently he is a shareholder at AamigoO Group NV, a publicly traded company on the Euronext (NYSE).
Fun fact: In 2011, Dennis discovered a bug on LinkedIn that exposed celebrity email addresses. He shared this information with them allowing them to quickly fix the issue.
What do you enjoy most about your work and why?
I feel good about helping people be successful and achieve their career goals. I also enjoy working in SF with cool people driven to change the world for the better.
Where does your passion come from? What drives you, inspires you, excites you?
As a child, people helped me to reach my goals and I always knew that is something I also wanted to do. I think everyone who wants a job should have one and be able to earn a living. We are taking a fun and interactive approach to job matching. My drive is that if you are ambitious and you have the right people around, you can make your company very successful. Look at Facebook, they started in a dorm room and it is booming.
Someone reading this wants to start a tech company. What’s your best advice for them?
Make a timeline and set goals – small goals that you can achieve. Build upon that success using the same method to achieve bigger goals. Be clear on what you want to accomplish. It also helps to surround yourself with mentors that have done it before and aspire to work with people as passionate as you are.
What are a few tech startups that you’re really excited about right now and why?
CVWarehouse, RocketSpace, CircleUp, Sevident and Nest. These companies are all very clear on what they are trying to accomplish and provide a clear path to solve a problem, make something easier, or add value for the individual. I admire their humble beginnings and it’s great to see their efforts pay off.
What tech tools (websites, apps, gadgets, etc.) do you rely on both for work and in your down time?
Facebook, of course, so I can keep up with what is happening with my friends and family at home in the Netherlands. I admit I’m addicted to my iPhone :-) Best apps ever so far Lyft and Uber, but also Eat24. And I make sure I don’t miss my favorite TV shows with my AppleTV.
For work: LinkedIn and LinkedIn News and TechCrunch to keep on the latest. Analytics Pro to stay in touch with all the detail of Revl’s website. Pandora – I get in a zone and gets so much work done while listening to music.