A chance conversation with Emma changed the direction of Sharesource for the better.
I have a background in finance and accounting and can’t believe the journey I have been on since those early days working in numbers. I have founded a few businesses in the past with one being Recruitglobal, helping to resolve the issue of skills shortages in Australia during the mining boom. Recruiting and managing the immigration of professionals from all over the world, I began to see the value of connecting talented people with the work they were meant to do.
I founded Sharesource in 2013 wanting to continue recruiting smart people but to a broader audience. We were doing that, and doing it well with lots of repeat business and that could have been it for me, but a chance conversation with Emma changed all of that.
Emma was a newly employed Data Entry Administrator in Sharesource Philippines. I discovered that this new team member was in fact a highly educated maths graduate who was grateful to have a job with an Australian business, even if it was just data entry.
It seemed like such a waste of her talent when there was challenging work out there awaiting a super-smart STEM grad like Emma to do. All that was missing for her was the link to this opportunity. It was this moment that I knew I had to help make a difference and rethink the traditional outsourcing model.
If you had to quote me, I guess you could say, “I'm a social entrepreneur. I believe in connecting talented people with meaningful work. My goal is to connect smart STEM professionals in developing countries with those disruptor businesses that are doing cool work”.
We want companies to be able to successfully grow their business by accessing the talent they need to fuel that growth, wherever they may be in the world.
There are countless gifted and motivated individuals all around the world who are eager to take on innovative projects but don’t have the opportunities for their intellect to shine. Knowing what I know about the current disconnect between visionaries and problem solvers, I couldn’t standby and see human potential wasted.
I did set a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) which I want to share publicly as that means it now has to happen! My BHAG is to find 1500 SMART people from 10 developing countries and equalise their opportunity, by working with disruptor businesses. Best of all in the process we coach and nurture them to become future global leaders who will go on to help facilitate change to the businesses they work in and to the communities they live in. It is pretty humbling to know that I may never know the full impact Sharesource can have on the world, but that is why I do what I do.
I love hearing from those visionaries, entrepreneurs and even those who identify as crazy innovators about what they hope to achieve in the world. There are teams of smart people out there that can help unlock this for you. So let's chat and make it happen.