Who we are
This quote from Alice in Wonderland describes very well how tech companies in Silicon Valley and around the world evolve and find success. Great ideas require great execution, and great execution requires a strong team of brilliant people working together to reach the common goal.
We know this very well, because we have walked the walk. Since the early 2000s, our two founders have worked for tech startups, giant software companies, and consulting firms in the Bay Area and beyond, and eventually founded a few companies of our own as well. One of them, a B2B enterprise SaaS company, has become a major player in its industry. The biggest key to our success in both building the core product and scaling the technical implementations was the ability, and the processes we have created, to hire the right people quickly and effectively as part of our remote office in Ukraine, and integrate them into our team while retaining and growing our culture — all within the typical constraints of being a bootstrapped, and later venture-funded, startup. These people have been our biggest investment, our greatest value, and our main competitive advantage.
As we started helping friends (and friends-of-friends) in the software industry build up their own teams based on these learnings, the results were phenomenal, and in 2015, we have launched Agile Fuel as a very selective, high-touch, boutique service to bring this approach to others as well.
What we do
We take care of recruiting and everything else on the HR and administrative side of things:
Onboarding・Computers・Workspace setup・Managed office space・Utilities・IT support・Benefits・Legal・Accounting・Snacks・Visa support・and all other overhead/G&A you can think of…
So you can focus on direct engineering management and preserving your team culture – all this at significant (up to 70%) cost savings compared to the US and Western Europe.
The entire process of finding, recruiting, and getting a new team member started usually takes about 2–4 weeks for most positions:
You provide us a job description and a few words about your company, team, and product
We perform the initial search, find the most promising candidates, and conduct technical and HR prescreenings
We send you the CVs of candidates with the best fit and schedule your interviews with the candidates of your choice
You run the candidates through your interview process, with additional tests if necessary
If you decide to extend the offer, and the candidate accepts, we manage the rest of our hiring process, so your new team member is ready to hit the ground running on their very first day
We are mainly focused on Ukraine as the primary location for building your high-performing engineering teams because of the following:
Strength of education
Admirable strength of technical education, with a rare balance of theoretical fundamentals and applied skills
Availability of talent
Considerable talent pool available across all common technical stacks
Exceptional problem-solving culture and pride in thinking outside the box to address complex challenges
Great cost advantages
Significant cost advantages compared to the US and Western Europe
We are also in the process of scaling our approach and establishing offices in South America in the second half of 2019 – if this sounds interesting, let us know, and we’ll make sure to keep you posted.
Why we do it
There are plenty of amazing tech companies, ideas, and projects, constrained by a shortage of engineering talent, and the ruthless competition for such talent, in the US and Western Europe.
We see many outsourcing companies and freelance engineers of various quality on the market (and yes, we get the same annoyingly unreadable unsolicited cold emails from dev shops every day!). Some are solid, and few are brilliant; however, as many of them tend to focus on transactional interactions, high project volumes, and fat margins, this approach oftentimes leads to misaligned incentives and suboptimal results (to put it mildly), which in the fast-moving startup world can mean catastrophic failure without a chance for a do-over.
We are very selective about who to accept as a client and provide high-touch, tailored service to every company we work with. We only take on clients in cases where we feel like we can make a difference, and we work together with our clients to build teams that are focused on people, culture, and expertise that is specifically required for every given company, project, and team member.
Average pay rates are 50-70% below the US and EU rates – all fully loaded, with no additional hidden fees.
We focus on finding the best, highly qualified people in your technical stack that genuinely care about working on your product, rather than following the typical “outsourcing” approach of leveraging a bench of the cheapest available jack-of-all-trades developers that churn through multiple projects at the same time.
Everyone’s recruited specifically for your team based on their expertise and passion for your product. We work together on integrating your engineers into your company culture in a way that keeps them excited and engaged.
We come from entrepreneurial background and understand the uncertainties and changing conditions of building and scaling a company. We don’t try to lock you into long-term contracts, supporting the ability to grow quickly or scale down if necessary.
As the team works directly with your technical management, and we don’t add artificial layers of project and product management (unless you request them), you can finally focus just on effectively building your product, while we take care of everything else.
We currently have team members working with software, hardware, and beyond – with areas of expertise including:
Software architecture・Web apps・Mobile apps・E-commerce・Devops and security
Manual QA・Automation QA・Security testing
Research & Development
Machine Learning・AI・IoT・Blockchain・Business processes
Interface design・Visual design・Wireframing・Digital and print media design
3D graphics and applications
3D modeling・Game development・Sensing and computer vision・Architecture and interior design・VR and AR