Yes you read it right! After naukri announced about the backward castes database i came across another story on another niche job portal but this time with a twist! Enter Babajob.com currently focussed on Bangalore which looks at providing jobs to the financially poor be it drivers, maids, etc. And its just not a plain jane job portal it goes beyond being a just a job portal and integrates features like social networking and job referral features for better usability.
The founder of the this site is Sean Blagsvedt who worked in Microsoft’s Washington State headquarters says “In Redmond, you don’t see 7-year-olds begging on the street,” “In India, you can’t escape the feeling that you’re really lucky. So you ask, ‘What are you going to do about all the stuff around you? How are you going to use all these skills?’ “
Quite a noble thought i must admit so is this an NGO? No not really.. Though currently the job postings are free they do plan to start charging for job postings soon. I think this is both a fantastic thought as well as a good effort in terms of execution. Though one would have to wait and watch how the business aspect of this jobsite evolves. After all not many drivers, maids etc would be internet savvy so thats a challenge for sure. For anyone looking to join a startup in bangalore Babajob could be a good bet as they are looking to hire themselves and are open to stock option packages as well.