Taaniel Jakobs, Justin Style, and Christofer Karltorp all share two things in common: they’re friends of ours and are the co-founder trio of Zerply – the long awaited remake to the résumé for creatives. This week, Zerply raised $600,000 from a round that included Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Quotidan Ventures, EchoVC, and others, to kill the résumé. With the new funds, they plan to expand their development team, launch Zerply Converse (an upcoming conversion tool), and set up shop in Tallinn, Estonia.
The startup, which opened their private beta doors in 2010, officially launched to the public mid last year and graduated from the 500 Startups incubator class. They made a big entry into the experience documenting space, currently dominated by LinkedIn. However, they weren’t blown away by the wind or forced to ‘pivot.’ Rather, have grown a community of over 60,000. How? Because they did things a bit differently.
Our vision has been to create a portfolio driven professional network where a person’s skills can be viewed first hand and their reputation validated by others. We do this by enabling creatives such as designers, engineers, writers, marketers, entrepreneurs etc, to showcase their work through portfolio integrations and broadcast endorsements from their peers.
I, personally, am in love with Zerply. From the interface, to the tags, search, and profiles (amongst many others). To be honest, I only keep my LinkedIn profile because it’s kind of a business industry standard. I even mention this on my personal site.
To find out more about the investment and future of Zerply, we pinged co-founder Taaniel Jakobs. Amongst the noise from the hackathon that was going on one floor beneath him, and the tired voice associated with 11pm Estonia time, I was able to pull this.
“We’re setting up in Tallinn, Estonia and hiring more dev people. When it comes to the actual product, we’ve been really strong in the design community and that’s been a good vertical. But our goal now is to enter more verticals. To be strong in many. We’ve been talking about going into music and writers. Of course, we’re launching communication right now, so that’s the main thing we’re trying to figure out. We’ve launched Flickr and Vimeo integration. Things that would be related to these new verticals. Soundcloud is definitely in the future. We’ll be testing some more interesting stuff very soon.”
So there it is. Yet another design focused startup aimed at giving creatives the web presence they deserve. If you haven’t, for whatever odd reason, signed up for Zerply yet, take this as your cue. And while you’re at it, endorse some of The Industry’s team if you don’t mind.