Silicon Valley start-up founder moves to Tampa • St Pete Catalyst

Vaishnavi More, the founder of Archslate, a Silicon Valley-based startup that connects architecture employers and applicants, has moved to Tampa.

More and her husband, who is an application engineer for fintech startup Fast, both simultaneously made the big decision to move.

For her husband, who joined Fast when it launched, he wanted to move to the city as Fast opened its hub on the east coast in Tampa. But More had his eyes set on Tampa already.

“Silicon Valley is completely built. There’s no more room, ”said More. She also envisioned Colorado and Austin, as these are destinations with the architectural and engineering industry; however, the new towers and high-rise projects in downtown Tampa caught More’s attention during a site visit.

More is a Harvard graduate who majored in architecture and design. She tirelessly searched for work in the industry, but despite her education and high-level experiences, she was unable to do so, which led her to think about how others Qualified candidates face the same brick wall.

In 2020, More established his company Archslate, which is an algorithm-based platform that connects architects looking for employment with employers and vice versa.

“It took me almost six months and 200 applications to get a job,” More said. “I knew I wanted to do something about it. There’s this huge disconnect where you have companies posting aggressively on job boards and then on the other side, people apply for every job they come across.

Humble beginnings

She suggested to a Harvard professor the idea of ​​creating a platform specifically designed for future architects and architectural firms.

“We worked on this idea and he said it has great potential, it’s a great market opportunity. We worked on it for three or four months as an independent study, and then I presented a project for the venture capital innovation program at Harvard Innovation Labs, ”said More, explaining how Harvard examines thousands of applications from students vying to be accepted in laboratories and handpicked. a privileged few.

During this time in 2019, More said she was the only female founder accepted into the program.

She was able to have physical space in the lab and access to resources, including connecting with executives from tech giants like Google and Airbnb.

“When we had this idea, we were only at the start of the pandemic and during the pandemic we built the product, and it’s such a critical time now because people are hiring and looking for jobs,” More said, adding how more employers were leaning towards new technology platforms to seek out talent because they weren’t able to physically meet with candidates.

She has a team of 15 employees who all work remotely in India, where More is from.

Marketing materials for Archslate. Photo courtesy of More.

Today there are 700 users on the platform. The company has established working relationships with architectural organizations, Harvard and MIT.

“We have seen people hire within 12 hours. It’s the science behind it, the way we use artificial intelligence in a way that connects the passions of the job seeker to the demands of the business, ”said More.

The user can also follow their application process.

By the end of this year, the company expects to have 5,000 users on the platform and 25,000 by the following year.

The company has two different sources of revenue – one is from the employer who pays a subscription and the other is a subscription for candidates (with software tutorials).

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The company charges employers a daily fee whereas, on a typical online recruiting site, it charges a price per job posting.

“As we evolve, we want to add engineering and construction categories for contractors – they’re all interconnected,” she said.

Archslate also plans to develop a feature that would connect different users who can message and collaborate.

The company is in the pre-seed funding phase and has won several grants.

More is one of the semi-finalists of the TechWomen Rising Cohort at Tampa Bay Wave.

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