Discover how Near's story began and continues to evolve as we grow and redefine the future of recruiting and remote hiring.
Back in 2020, I started Effectual with Michael Girdley. I’d previously worked for him as an Associate, and we decided it would be a fun project to build a venture studio together. Just a few months later, we'd see the beginnings of the best hiring platform for LatAm talent.
The idea behind Effectual was simple: experiment and identify exciting opportunities that we could quickly turn into remote, internet-native businesses. One example was an acquisition strategy for old PC video games. The plan was to find old PC games on Steam that had small, but dedicated, audiences. We'd purchase the rights and create new multiplayer experiences under a subscription model.
We were really excited about video games and wanted to make more progress. We had some other experiments going at the same time. Naturally, it was time to bring another team member on board.
We started the search and received over 250 applications! Ex-investment bankers, VCs, MBA grads, startup employees. We were flooded with some solid resumes.
But one stood out in particular.
It was from a guy named Franco. He lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was working as a financial analyst at a Brazilian ecom startup. Franco was desperate to get into the world of entrepreneurship.
We had a few interviews, shared some laughs, and most importantly shared the same vision for Effectual. We took a chance on Franco and gave him an offer to join the team.
His first task? "Figure out how we can pay you." Turns out it was a bit more complicated than we thought. After a few weeks, Franco managed to figure it out --we even paid him in bitcoin in the meantime!
We gave our new teammate a shoutout on Twitter. What happened next? Requests pouring into our DMs asking: "How can I hire a Franco?"
It was time to go 100% in on Near. We spun up a job board overnight in May 2020 and the rest is history.
Since then, our business model has evolved to become a holistic solution. We are a full-service partner to streamline talent acquisition, hiring, onboarding, payroll, retention, and compliance.
We've helped startups, public companies, large enterprises, agencies, law firms, VCs, and more hire hundreds of incredible candidates from Latin America for remote roles.
At Near, we help companies hire the best, pre-vetted, highly-skilled talent from Latin America in under 21 days.
We’ve helped developers, marketers, salespeople, financial analysts, accountants, ops leaders, and more land incredible remote jobs at US companies.
Interested in hiring remotely?
Scale your team faster
We source top remote talent that are the right fit for your open roles in under 21 days. We boast a 97% placement rate across all positions.
Achieve rapid and sustainable growth
Hiring highly-skilled nearshore talent unlocks cost savings of 30%-70% compared to comparable US-based professionals.
Gain a competitive advantage
Harness untapped talent pools to hire top performers, a growth lever your competitors are yet to utilize.
Our rigorous pre-screening ensures we present only motivated candidates aligned with your culture and professional needs, boosting employee retention.
What Leading Enterprises Say About Near
We were determined to work with global talent in our local time zone, and Near helped us find great Latin American talent that has brought significant value to our team.
We hired 12 team members who share our core values: great attitude and desire to learn, resourcefulness, and adaptability. Near’s team was very responsive, and their easy-going communication fostered a seamless hiring process.
Near was a low-risk, high ROI way to source finance talent. In under two weeks, we hired a Corporate Development Analyst with an MBA and managed to hit our acquisition goal for the year.
Near helped us double the size of our sales force in four months. We hired top talent, injecting fresh energy and expertise into our team, Near's team was very responsive and knowledgeable.
It was shocking to see the difference between the talent Near brought versus other firms I worked with. Our hires are extraordinary and a great cultural fit.
We had a seamless and impressive experience with Near. Their team was helpful and thorough, ensuring we received the most qualified talent for the position we were looking for. We filled the role within 2 weeks! We will be using Near or all of our remote hiring needs.
Near was a game-changer for our business hiring strategy. We reduced our burn rate and quadrupled our team skill level with marketing talent from LatAm.
Near’s team gave us confidence that we’d hire great talent quickly. They did a deep dive into our requirements, asked the right questions, and communicated our needs and goals back to us. They advised us on compensation, different talent markets, and our hiring process.
It was our first global hire, and it was a success. Near's team guided us at every step. They connected us with highly-qualified candidates, supported us throughout the whole process, and we made a hire in under three weeks.