A platform for freelancers and employers, built by freelancers and employers.
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 the Summer of 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.
And to practice what they preached, they chose to build their entire product with the freelance community and employer network they aim to serve (see all below).
Welcome to YunoJuno.
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.
We bring in the experts to help us notch things up a gear.
We move to our shiny new office in Bolsover Street, 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.)
All the lovely people that have helped build YJ since the very beginning.
“They sold it to me in about 50 seconds. It’s one of those increasingly rare ideas that just make you go “oh yeah”. And what impresses me most about the YJ team is their determination in shifting the balance of power back to clients and freelancers.”