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Talener celebrates 10 years in the IT Staffing business!

April 3rd, 2017

Talener opened it’s doors on April 2, 2007 in New York City. Founder and CEO Michael Dsupin started Talener with the desire to offer the community an IT Staffing firm that placed a focus on contract and temp positions.

Mike has been in the IT Staffing industry his entire career, starting with Stride & Associates in 1995. After a successful run spanning 13 geographies and including startups and turnarounds, he found himself looking for the next challenge.  Stride had been a purely permanent placement agency. With a team of 5 former Stride owners backing Mike, he founded Talener, which began as an agency focused on the temp/contract space.  Starting with a team of 3 others (who were new to staffing), Talener generated $1.7 million in revenue in its first 9 months in 2007 (April-December) and $2.4 million in revenue in its first 12 months.

While Mike was always optimistic about his ability to grow a successful business, his only thought on that first day was landing the company’s first client and first candidate.  Talener’s first placement, in its first month, was Alex Nicholas at World Now; that same month, Talener made a second placement, Rahul Trivedi at Dexia Credit Local.  When asked if his vision has changed over the past 10 years, Mike was confident that his original vision is still the one he lives by today: “Success and growth of a business is never something that I take for granted.  It starts with a new client and a new job every day.  These are the lifeblood of our organization.  Delivering a great experience to every candidate and every client will ensure that we continue to grow into a great business”

While Talener has seen vast success over the past 10 years, they have also faced challenges like any other company.  Their biggest challenge has been the communication of their message.  “I know that every Client we call is not hiring immediately or today, but I know they will and when they do, I want them to think of using us.  I know that we are not able to fill every position we work, but I want an opportunity to fill them all… We are in the service business and providing everyone the full Talener experience can get lost in a phone call, in an interview and during some interactions with clients.  With the amount of attempts we make, it’s hard to guarantee that the message is delivered every time and that is something that I would never tolerate in any office/team that I sit in.”

Mike’s best advice he had to offer himself 10 years ago is to push yourself and step out of your box by doing something you never though you would: “Growing up, I worked in a Subway and worked with the owner very closely and I thought, after that experience, that I would never want to own a business.  When I was in College, I also said to myself that the last place in the world that I would ever want to work would be NYC.”  He also wishes he had “taken more notes/videos/pictures of all of the great times that I have shared with the staff, the candidates and the clients along the way.  Without them and all of their help, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”  Besides his family, Talener is the most important thing to Mike.  He defines success as the look on somebody’s face when they get a new job; that’s how it’s known that everything has been done to successfully complete the goals set.

While Mike doesn’t foresee himself slowing down anytime soon, he has a big vision of continued growth and success for Talener in the future.  He wishes to continue the building of deeper relationships with local communities, re-engaging with former colleagues who may have left the company, hopes to expand to new geographies while continuing to expand the business in other aspects. In the long-term when Mike eventually retires, he wishes to see Talener continue its journey to placing clients and candidates with the best position for them.

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Product Management Advice, 5 Cents – Washington DC Meetup, March 21, 2017

March 28th, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21st, Talener Director Kate Byrnes partnered with Meetup organizer Jie Zhang (JZ) to host a lively discussion at Talener DC.  The meetup, Product Management Advice, 5 Cents, covered topics such as lean startup, enterprise innovation and prioritization.

JZ began the meetup by setting two goals for each attendee: Goal 1 – Meet one new person; Goal 2 – Leave with one new solution. Attendees wrote questions on sticky notes and then each were divided into groups by category.  The four guest speakers, Elliot Susel and Teague Hopkins, freelance workers alongside Kristian Bouw from Notion Theory and Pete Oliver Kruger from Going Green Today, each took a categorized group, holding informative discussions on each topic within the groups.

Attendee, Anna N., thanked the organizers for hosting the Meetup, saying “it is one of the most engaging and well facilitated Meetups I have been to. The format encouraged a good learning/collaborati­ve environment with the mentors and opportunity for a natural, personal connection with others. Goals were clearly defined in the beginning and achieved. Looking forward to the next one!”

Each attendee left with at least one solution to their inquiries.  After groups of interactive discussions, both goals were met successfully, leaving each attendee with a sense of accomplishment.

JZ and Kate have another Meetup in the works covering the 2018 SXSW (South by Southwest) convention on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Those who should attend this next Meetup are product managers who would like to announce or speak at SXSW 2018, or understand what they can get out of this tech and culture conference. SXSW is held in Austin, TX the first week of March each year.  Answers to frequently asked questions such as “What do I need to prepare?” “Should I go?” and “What can I get out of it?” will all be addressed at the meetup.  For more information about the May 3rd Meetup, click here.  Follow Talener on social media for more information about the future Meetups and new job openings!

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Talener raises over $10k for Cycle for Survival

March 14th, 2017

Continuing the tradition of charitable giving through teamwork, Talener New York took part in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival at Equinox Bryant Park this past weekend.  The 18-person team took to the bikes, having raised over $5,000 towards research to battle rare cancers.  All proceeds are used for research efforts within 6 months of the Cycle for Survival event, offering an immediate impact on the lives of rare cancer patients and their families. Friday’s event hosted almost 50 participating teams, bringing the total fundraising to over $33 million for 2017.

New York team leader, and one of Talener’s Directors, Kim Siembieda, reflects on her participation in the event:

“Cycle for Survival is an incredibly inspiring event.  It is emotional and powerful to hear firsthand stories from Memorial Sloan doctors and rare cancer survivors.  Over the past 4 years I have been participating in Cycle for Survival, it is still so motivating to see so many people come together and rally behind such a great cause.  To see the event grow over the years, in terms of participants, money raised and locations across the country, gives so much hope to the battle.”

Amongst four Talener offices, we have raised more than $10,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Donation pages are still open until April 1, 2017.  If you would like to donate to the cause, please click here.  On behalf of all Talener offices, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and support.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Laravel Winter Showcase at Talener New York

January 26th, 2017

What’s the best way to kick off the New Year at the new HQ? A great meetup, of course!  Talener New York welcomed the Laravel Meetup winter showcase last week.  This is the first group that visited our new office space at 2 Grand Central Tower, next to Grand Central Station.

Talener looks for ways to get involved in the tech community.  The Laravel meetup gave us the chance to meet members of the community and learn more about Laravel through two excellent presenters – Ilan Gitter & Christophe Tumminello.

Ilan engaged the crowd with his spot-on Game of Thrones references that were relevant to Laravel & Vue.Js as a toolbox. Plus, he talked specifically about handling sensitive data across the wire.  His experience as a Full Stack Developer, Musician & current Front End Developer at OmniMedia mean that he brought a unique perspective to his craft.

Likewise, Christopher Tumminello, former Lead Engineer at VICE Media, and current Senior Consultant at EY Digital, enlightened the crowd about his take on Laravel.  He discussed utilizing Laravel as a prototyping toolkit. It offers a clean slate to create innovative forward thinking features & applications in a quick and powerful way.

The Meetup provides the community with the ability to learn, teach, and connect with other Laravel enthusiasts.  Three dozen people met, enjoyed the evening, and gained some valuable insight about technology that is perpetually changing how we do things.

We’d like to thank Arron Kallenberg, the Laravel Meetup organizer for his dedication to the event and to the Laravel community.  His passion for his craft and desire help others to learn is unparalleled.

If you’re interested in learning more about Talener, the Laravel community, or have questions about the current hiring market in tech, please feel free to reach out to us.  If you are interested in other technologies beyond Laravel, specialized teams are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Talener is always looking to engage with the community and provide insight about tech & hiring.

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Talener Hires Head of Training & Strategic Partnerships

January 20th, 2017

It is with great pride that we welcome back Tiffany Roesler to Talener.  She joins the Talener HQ team in New York as the Head of Training & Strategic Partnerships.  Tiffany started with us as an entry-level Relationship Manager role in 2010 and worked her way up to becoming the 1st Female Director at Talener. From there, she developed her entrepreneurial spirit at her own company, continually striving to create a better IT community through innovation.  The expertise she gained outside of Talener provides her with thoughtful perspective and unparalleled experience in staffing & technology. We are delighted to have her back, as she will undertake the implementation of Talener’s new e-learning platform for new recruiters continual development. Likewise, she will nurture strategic partnerships to create thoughtfully-curated meetups and round tables enriching our communities in helping organizations and leaders progress.

“Tiffany has done a wonderful job growing brands and she has a deep passion for training and mentoring others.  She is an incredible woman with an amazing story who is coming back to Talener at a critical time as we are evolving our training process,” comment CEO Michael Dsupin. “I couldn’t think of anyone better to pair with Simona House, our Training Manager, to deliver this next version of our training curriculum and help us to continue to grow Talener.  I am so excited to work closely with her again!  I believe that Tiffany will help us innovate and help take Talener to the next level.”

As a veteran of Talener, Tiffany joins us with a core understanding of the business as well as outside experience that she can share with us.  “I’m so proud to rejoin my original mentors and mates– coming back felt surreal at first.” She adds, “The culture is so welcoming, ambitious, vibrant and contagious. In joining forces with Talener, I’m afforded the opportunity to share my passion in helping others in their pursuit, further my own development, and connect vision & action to make a wide-ranging impact.”

Everyone at Talener looks forward to the opportunity to work with Tiffany as she helps us move forward to our ultimate goal of being the best IT staffing agency in the business.


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