Babajob in the News

BBC - Why India's domestic help are joining job sites - January, 2014

BBC

Why India's domestic help are joining job sites like Babajob.com whose aim is to make a gigantic, unorganized job market more efficient.

PBS NewsHour - Expatriate entrepreneur Sean Blagsvedt of Babajob.com uses tech to help Indians find jobs. - February, 2014

PBS NewsHour

Expatriate entrepreneur Sean Blagsvedt of Babajob.com uses tech to help Indians find jobs. “We’re at about two million people thus far that are using us to try to find a better job and hire others"

Forbes - Why Tech Alone Can't Solve All The World's Problems. - February, 2014

Forbes

Babajob CEO, Sean Blagsvedt explains how Babajob.com goes beyond SMS to make finding a job accessible to anyone with any phone.

Will the Future be Fairer? - December, 2013

TEDxBandra

Babajob.com CEO talk on the future of evolution and trust at TEDxBandra.

Babajob.com to join the UNDP Business Call to Action (BCtA) - November, 2013

Economics Times

Leading Indian based social enterprise Babajob.com has announced it will join the United Nations Development Program's Business Call to Action (BCtA) with plans to connect over 15 million low-income job seekers in India with better job opportunities by 2016.

Babajob.com on TamilCrunch - January, 2014

Economics Times

Babajob.com featured in the leading Tamil portal covering technology and social media news.

Babajob comments on India govt's plan to overhaul National Career Service - December 15, 2013

Economics Times

"The project has great potential. The government has great reach. What it does not do well is connect jobs to people," says Sean Blagsvedt, founder of Babajob.com, a job portal that targets blue collar jobseekers. The government's employment exchanges have four crore registered jobseekers but has barely been able to place 4 lakh annually. "Private players will help change that," he adds.

SocialStory talks to Babajob about future plans - October 4th, 2013

Social Story

In a recent Social Story article, the Babajob team discusses the company’s goals for the future: to continue to empower job seekers with the help of technology. The team is working towards having 100 million users in 10 years and is working hard to achieve that goal.

The World Bank showcases Babajob - September 10th, 2013

worldbank

A new World Bank report highlights how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming the world of work, creating new job opportunities and making labor markets more innovative, inclusive, and global. Babajob is featured as one of the working examples of this transformation.

Explocity explores Babajob’s business - August 19th, 2013

explocity

In an interview with Explocity, founder Sean Blagsvedt and COO Vir Kashyap answered questions, explaining our business model, technology challenges and why we are different from other job portals.

The Wharton School applauds Babajob’s efforts to address the informal sector in India - June 27th, 2013

Knowledge @ Wharton

This report by the Wharton School of business summarizes some of the current efforts entrepreneurs have been addressing the lack of training and businesses in the informal sector in India. The article expands on the way in which digital tools such as Babajob will help make the labor market more efficient and reduce the demand-supply imbalances in future.

Times of India covers Babajob.com - "What's cooking? A blue collar job for Rs 20,000" - 14 March, 2013

Times of India

A TOI article of the rise in aspirations of blue collar workers in India. Babajob's data analysis shows how blue collar workers are becoming more and more tech savvy, which is leading to sometime quite significant increases in salaries. PS. Check out the over 300+ comments!

BBC interviews Babajob CEO - 5 Nov, 2012

Times of India

Babajob's CEO, Sean Blagsvedt, talks about why he chose to start a business in India instead of the US on BBC's Indian Dream series. He tells BBC, "The scale of the problems you're able to solve is bigger here, and those opportunities are harder to find in America right now."

Babajob.com raises INR 7cr / $1.4m in a Series A Funding led by Gray Ghost Ventures and Khosla Impact Fund - 9 August, 2012

YourStory.in

Vinod Khosla said of the Company, “Babajob has dared to imagine a future where anyone with a phone can find a better job or hire some help, from maids to sales representatives. The efficiency that technology can bring to the large informal job market will delight even the most hardened skeptics.”

Outlook Business features Babajob.com as one of "25 Good Businesses" - 3 September, 2011

Outlook Business

An excerpt: The Babajob office in Bangalore’s Richmond Town is buzzing. The telephones ring continuously, interrupted only by the beeping of incoming text messages. Indeed, it’s the mobile phone that’s fast becoming the backbone of this enterprise. “The reach of the mobile phone has changed everything. It is really thanks to mass mobility that we exist,” says Vir Kashyap, COO.

The World Bank - Babajob named a Winner of 2011 India Development Marketplace - 15 April, 2011

The World Bank

Babajob.com named one of 14 winners of the World's Bank 2011 India Development Marketplace, which will aid in our expansion to the Indian states of Bihar and Rajasthan.

The Economist - "Mobile Services in Poor Countries: Not Just Talk" - 27 January, 2011

The Economist

A sweet, short mention by one of our favorite magazines:
“But many (mobile trading platforms) have other things on offer. In India, Babajob.com lists low-skilled jobs."

TED Fellows Friday with Sean Blagsvedt - 10 September, 2010

“If only we could figure out some way to digitize all of this information, and figure out ways to make it scale, we might be able to catalyze the escape from poverty by connecting people with some more data about their work and the job opportunities they have.” Read more..

The Babajob Story on Forbes Magazine - 18 August, 2010

Forbes

These past few years working with babajob.com has changed my perspective on money. I am amazed at the level of waste you see globally. It is at extremes. There are lots of people on our Web site who earn USD 3 a day.” Read More..

Poverty Inspires Technology Workers to Altruism - 30 October, 2007

New York Times

“Any Bangalorean could confirm the observation: the city teems with laborers desperate for work, and yet wealthy software tycoons complain endlessly about a shortage of maids and cooks.” Read more..

Radio Netherlands Worldwide - 'More Jobs for India's Masses' - 5 July, 2011

Radio Netherlands Worldwide

"While many people doing blue collar jobs in India have no computer training, or no regular internet access, they generally do have mobile phones. So Babajob makes it possible for people to use their phones to create profiles, including their home areas, languages spoken and desired salaries. For a rupee-a-day fee, they can also receive daily messages with potential job matches." Read more..

Babajob, A solution for informal sector employment - 19 April, 2010

Wall Street Journal

Born was babajob.com, a company that connects employers with workers via web and SMS.Read more..

Entrepreneur Magazine Features Babajob

Entrepreneur

Babajob featured on entrepreneur magazine as ‘the village linkedin’ a portal for the poor to utilize social networks to find better jobs. Read Part 1 Read Part 2

Babajob as example of technology used to solve poverty in India - 27 July, 2009

Business Week

Babajob.com set up three years ago in Bangalore, India's IT capital, helps daily wage earners and domestic workers—easily the most exploited of India's labor force—find employers online, with the Web site assisting them with references, bank accounts, and insurance.Read more..

Babajob Interview on CNBC

CNBC

‘What we first do is we digitize jobs seekers…They additionally could be recommended by somebody on the site’ Watch more..

MSNBC - Obama Visits India, Babajob is example for Bangalore

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‘Sean blagsvedt quit microsoft to set up a pioneering employment agency for blue collar workers through text messaging’ Watch More..

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Makesense.org Visits Babajob at Bangalore

makesense

‘The biggest reason people get out of poverty is through income diversification. This is a story that has been heard over and over again’ Watch more..