After Backward castes.. Its time for the poor to get Jobs! Enter Babajob.com!

babajobYes 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.

6 Responses to “After Backward castes.. Its time for the poor to get Jobs! Enter Babajob.com!”

  1. October 12, 2007 at 12:53 pm #

    Jobs for backwards may lead to discrimination.,
    But this initiative is a super cool initiative and an excellant conept

  2. October 12, 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi and thanks for the post. I would just note that of course very few people that make less than $150/month are going to be particularly internet savvy and that’s why babajob pays those who do the data entry to sign up a job seeker Rs 200 (about $5) when that job seeker is hired. We also know that many of these jobs are often facilitated through word of mouth across real-life social networks, and thus we created babalife.com, to discover that social graph. Furthermore, we also pay $2.50 to whomever socially connects an employer to an employee. These payouts are really the key to our company and one of the big reasons we will begin charging very shortly.

    Sean Blagsvedt,
    CEO, Babajob.com

  3. October 12, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    Rajiv,

    There is a typo in the link to Babajob.com. Its linking to Babajobs.com which is a parking page.

    Cheers.

  4. October 12, 2007 at 9:10 pm #

    @ Sean – Its a really good initiative.. Thanks for giving us more details on babajob.com

    @Akshay – Thanks for pointing the error. Its corrected now :)

  5. December 2, 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    the idea is good but please make it easy for prospective employers to hire people by providing the correct categories.

  6. Brian Papali
    February 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    Found this website thanks to the FM radio ad, which I felt was spot on!

    Will be keen to spread the word about this site to the folk whose life can be bettered by what Sean has initiated.

    All the best!
    brian

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