Invoice Simple

3 hires in 2 months

Industry
B2B SaaS
Location
Vancouver
Team Size
11-50
Funding
Series A

The company

Invoice Simple saves small business owners time by enabling them to send invoices on-the-go directly from their mobile device. With over 100,000 customers, Invoice Simple is one of Canada’s fastest growing startups.

After more than a million downloads, the Invoice Simple team was ready to take their app to the next level. They struggled, however, to find a cost effective way to connect with qualified senior mobile engineering talent in Vancouver.

Filling a niche technical role in a small candidate pool

Like many startups outside of Silicon Valley, the Invoice Simple team had a hard time finding talented mobile engineers. Given the nature of the Invoice Simple app, the team needed someone who was willing to work with React Native, an increasingly popular technology for developing across iOS and Android. This drastically limited the number of eligible candidates.

Alex Black, the founder of Invoice Simple, anticipated the difficulty of filling this role in the Vancouver market. He considered using traditional agencies to locate the best talent, but quickly realized that their 20% contingency fees were excessive for what they were delivering. After waiting a few months to see if traditional recruiting methods (i.e. posting open roles on their website and job boards) would drum up any interest, Alex and his team knew they had to find a savvier, more time- and cost-effective approach.

Key #1: Dover brings technical expertise to the candidate search

Alex first heard about Dover while meeting with a friend and fellow co-founder. Upon reaching out to Dover, Alex was pleasantly surprised: he was greeted by an experienced engineer who would support Invoice Simple throughout the search process as their partnership manager. From the start, Alex knew that Dover was different: he was able to have a high-level, technical conversation about ideal candidate profiles. Plus, he didn’t have to waste time sorting through candidates’ technical expertise one-by-one: Dover’s algorithmic vetting technology and technically experienced partnership manager took care of building a pipeline of qualified candidates.

As a founder, I'm balancing tens of things at a given time and it was a relief to hand off sourcing candidates to Dover. They ramped up instantly and helped steer us to great candidates for our React Native roles.

Alex
Founder, Invoice Simple

Key #2: Dover swiftly revises search criteria as team zeros in on ideal candidate

Throughout the partnership, Dover worked closely with Alex and the Invoice Simple team to iterate on the search and identify the most critical skill sets the team needed. Dover organized a weekly update with Invoice Simple to get their feedback and ensure the algorithm's search criteria matched their evolving needs. For Invoice Simple, it felt like having another person on their team.

After Alex connected with a handful of candidates, he realized he was most interested in candidates who had experience with a larger portion of their tech stack. What began as a search for a mobile-only engineer, evolved into a quest for two candidates: one with frontend (React) experience, the other with backend expertise. Dover easily accommodated this shift, pivoting their recruiting strategy to match Invoice Simple’s needs.

Results: 2 engineers + marketing manager hired

In just three weeks, Dover generated 20 senior mobile engineer interviews for Alex and his team. After Alex decided to widen the search to include engineers with more frontend or backend experience, Dover consistently presented Alex with 10 new candidates each week. Dover took care of the heavy lifting, building a pipeline of candidates and scheduling the first interview within anyone who piqued Alex’s interest.

After just two months of working with Dover, Invoice Simple hired two engineers: one with a backend tilt and the other with frontend expertise. Alex also formed a valuable relationship with a third engineer that is likely to join the team in the future.

With remaining time left in their agreement, Invoice Simple asked Dover to help fill an open role on their marketing team. Dover brought in a different partnership manager with a go-to-market background to lead the search.

Once again, Dover swiftly developed an ideal candidate profile and began connecting Invoice Simple with qualified candidates. Within a month, Invoice Simple received 20 interested candidates, one of whom they ultimately hired as their marketing manager.

Dover was incredibly flexible. It was refreshing to work with a person who understood the nuances of filling a niche role. Dover’s recruiting process made the hiring much easier, and helped us connect with dozens of qualified candidates super quickly.

Soroush
Head of Growth, Invoice Simple

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