Built by the industry for the industry
YunoJuno’s beginnings are much like many other good ideas - born from a frustration of the manual process, its founders knew there had to be a better way.
In early 2012, three guys from the creative and tech world came together to build a community and platform by which quality freelancers and great employers could connect with each other in a direct, transparent and cost-effective way.
What started as a platform to connect the greatest freelancers with a handful of forward- thinking companies is now changing how the creative and tech industry resource their business and manage their workforce. Whether it’s building a new department for one of the most awarded creative agencies or building an enterprise human resource solution for the world’s largest communications network, we use technology to power the freelance revolution.
Welcome to YunoJuno. Welcome to the Future of Work.
Three guys from the world of creative and tech meet at various pubs across London to discuss their idea for direct, transparent and exclusive community for freelancers and employers.
Pub sessions extend to their wider freelancer and employer network in order to ascertain if the idea had legs. The response being overwhelmingly positive, this group become the founding members of the new YunoJuno network.
The three guys double down on their idea, empty their personal savings accounts, and to practice what they preached, hire freelancers to build a bootstrapped product.
YunoJuno finds its first angel investor - Jon Claydon - and convince him to become YJ Chairman. Founders suitably subdued.
YunoJuno Version 1 released. Built entirely by freelancer network. Spent the next year doing two things: 1) Grow the pool of elite freelancers and employers; and 2) Improve the product.
First freelancer booking the day after YJ version 1.0 is released. YJ founders ensure the precious package is delivered safe and sound.
First attempt at bootstrapped PR: Stand in the rain outside a digital conference handing out cupcakes. #Fail.
Founder of Streetcar.com - Brett Akker - joins Team YJ as angel investor and advisor.
Second attempt at bootstrapped PR: Produce YunoJuno Pink Gin, deliver to clients, gin ferments, offices need evacuating, people hospitalised. #epicfail. Abandon PR initiatives, stick to building a good product.
After the attempted murder phase, we got down to business. And things started to click. So much so that we received our first term sheet from a real-life VC (as opposed to the life-size statue of Marc Andreessen we fashioned out of reclaimed driftwood).
We bring in the experts to help us notch things up a gear.
We get the keys to our very own office in W1.
All team outings now require a sub-committee.
In September, we smashed every metric we measure (and there are a lot of them). So as a reward, and to be consistent with the founders love of food, we purchased one sweet iberico ham from our favourite Spanish restaurant down the street. Other companies chat at the water cooler, we do it slicing meat.
YunoJuno launches the inaugural Freelancer Awards - celebrating and recognising all the amazing work freelancers do in our industry. All photos of YJ CEO attempting ‘the helicopter’ have since been permanently deleted.
YunoJuno Bicycle Club begins. For lovers of bike rides as well as post-ride recovery drinks. (Chap on the ElliptiGo is not with us.)
We still run a pretty flat hierarchy (w00t), but additional growth has meant we can build proper departments. Departments have proven effective for combative teams sports.
Like everything at YJ, if you try something once and it doesn't suck, do it again and make it better. 2016's Freelancer Awards saw more people, more well-deserved recognition and a greater number of awk-waaard post-midnight stories.
The YJ founders have maintained their full veto rights to new office locations to ensure their proximity to decent coffee and food. We've moved to Bermondsey. They've each put on 5lbs since January.
We've been in stealth mode for months but we're finally ready to let the cat out of the bag. YunoJuno is coming to New York! Also, our CEO has used this time to consume his three favourite food groups: melted cheese, carbs, and sports.