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Kinetic Eye is a computer vision company focused on safety in industrial workspaces. Their team has built AI products for Tesla, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Now, they provide automated risk identification through their safety platform to help organizations save time, save money, and save lives.
Founder & CEO
Josh Butler
Industry:
Artificial Intelligence / Computer Vision
Location:
San Francisco, California
Employees:
10
Challenge
Process
Results
Benefits

Challenge

During their Pre-Seed stage, Kinetic Eye had just brought on their CTO and COO. Founder and CEO Josh Butler wanted to take his team of five and grow a robust product design team and engineering team throughout mid-2020.

As the head of a company undergoing rapid growth, he needed to delegate the hiring process instead of having to own everything himself. Josh also recognized the need to go beyond reaching out to personal contacts and having a system to bring in the best talent.

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"There’s a time when you have to get past the phase where you’re hiring because you know someone or you get along with them, or you have a relationship. You really just need to have a repeatable process that can scale"

Josh Butler, Founder & CEO

By then, Kinetic Eye already had a lineup of seasoned industry professionals. But because of their background of having worked within organizations with established recruitment processes, they did not have experience hiring people and building teams of their own.

Process

Kinetic Eye needed to invest in people who were going to become future leaders within the organization. They decided to work with Atlas One because of the recruitment expertise and the organizational development support they would bring to the company.

According to Josh,

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"The strategy for sequentially bringing people on with different capabilities – it requires a lot of forethought. Frankly, it’s the kind of experience that Mikko, Jessie, and the Atlas One team brings . . . Making sure that you’re hiring the right mix so that you can fill out the organization in a smart way over time."

Josh Butler, Founder & CEO

During the initial intake meeting, the Atlas One talent partners discussed the hiring process and created the ideal candidate profile for Kinetic Eye. Weekly calibration meetings were also established to ensure that all stakeholders were kept up to date with the recruitment efforts and to prioritize continued progress.

As Josh notes,

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“I think Atlas One was really effective at setting expectations and unblocking the process when we needed input from Michael (the hiring manager) and other stakeholders."

Josh Butler, Founder & CEO

Employee diversity was also an area that Kinetic Eye recognized they had to focus on:

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“It was something we always talked about and wanted to solve, but never really had a great way to until we started working with Atlas One."

Josh Butler, Founder & CEO

Results

So far, Kinetic Eye has hired their first female Computer Vision Engineer and an Interaction Designer through Atlas One. The Interaction Designer was a particularly valuable find for the company because of his technical experience in their target industry.

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“It’s made our product development process supercharged!” Josh adds, “We actually found an interaction designer who was already super deep in the domain that they are designing for. I think we found a diamond in the rough here that I never would have expected."

Josh Butler, Founder & CEO

As a founder, he also appreciated how the Atlas One subscription pricing model fit his needs:

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““I think the subscription is great. It makes it so that there’s a deeper relationship than just ‘All right, candidate placed. Moving on.’ I felt like it made it pretty easy to pull the trigger as a customer. It’s a pretty founder-friendly or customer-friendly pricing model.”

Josh Butler, Founder & CEO

Now, Josh can focus on making long-term strategic decisions for his company, assured that there’s a standardized hiring process across the board to support their growth.

Key Takeaways

  • A clear organizational development plan is essential to keep up with a company’s rapid growth
  • Early-stage founders are faced with the challenge of transitioning away from owning every process in their company. They have to delegate the right job to the right people.
  • Atlas One is able to source the best candidates for niche-specialized roles that fast-growing companies need.
  • Be confident that your organization is supported by a dedicated recruitment partner that can secure hard-to-find talent.

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Sebastian Heinrichs
Co-Founder & Group CEO
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Paloma Salmeron
Head of Communications
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Sebastian Paasch
Managing Director
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Antti Aalto
Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer
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Niko Laine
Founder, CFO & CEO