New Thai Startup Aimed At Filing Holes In Tech Sector
Thailand’s newest startup, GetLinks, is a Bangkok recruitment agency that works to pair up technology professionals with employers that are looking for fresh talent to strengthen their tech proficiency.
The company’s been making headway, and becoming more popular, as many are saying that GetLinks is special, as it focuses on matching specific fields of expertise in technology, like app development, not like others in the field, who just look for programmers, with little specificity. Notably, the Bangkok recruitment agency doesn’t just cater to tech companies, but also to more traditional ones that are looking for technological expertise that their in-house recruiters are unable to find.
Recently, GetLinks went on a funding round, looking to raise money for future operations. Notable investors were the Chinese tech giant Alibaba, the local conglomerate Siam Cement Group, and even SEEK Group, and Aussie employment marketplace. GetLinks co-founder Djoann Fal reported that they managed to raise “eight figures”, in USD value. He specifies that they plan to set up local offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Shenzen and Taiwan, and this funding will help with that.
GetLinks has been in operation for three years, but, in that time, they have managed to place at least 1,000 candidates into several companies, Fal says, including the Siam Commercial Bank, and Tencent, among others.
Director Punyanuch Sirisawadwattana, from Robert Walters Thailand, says that the new Bangkok recruitment agency startup has a good operational model for matching tech experts with employers but could run into some issues if they try to recruit veteran employees. She says that companies might lose candidates if there’s no one to work on solutions that require ‘soft skills’, something that technology isn’t as adept at handling compared to actual people.
Fal says that there is demand for tech skills in Asia, and that demand is growing rapidly, which GetLinks can put to good use.
According to a joint study by Google and Temasek, conducted in November of 2018, Southeast Asia’s internet economy is set to hit $240 billion by 2024, which is about 20% higher than a past estimate, made in 2016, due to the increase in mobile connectivity in the region.