Meet Kyle Probert founder of a start-upCreative Folk, Entrepreneurs | April 5, 2018
It all started with a goal to chat to entrepreneurs over 60. Then out of curiosity we decided to chat to entrepreneurs under 30. We believe these two very vast generations can learn and grow from each other. This week we visit London and chat with Kyle Probert who is founder of District 4 a start-up focused on delivering the hardest to find technology talent through community and referrals.
Can you tell us a little about your business and what you do?
District4 are a newly founded (2018) start-up focused on delivering the hardest to find technology talent through community and referrals. From running Meetups to summer parties alongside utilising cutting-edge talent attraction methodologies to secure the top tier Engineers, Analysts, Architects and Leaders in London and Berlin.
What motivated you to start your own business?
A want to step away from traditional recruitment methodology, focused on KPI and fee centric thinking. I could see real demand for a ‘new way’ in 2018.
What were some of the struggles you faced when you first started?
The biggest challenge we have and have had since day one is talent attracting. Finding great technology recruiters who are willing to try a new way.
What are some of the most important lessons you have learnt in life?
Planning, focus and follow through. If you have an idea and you want it to work you must plan before you start, focus throughout and always follow through until the end. Also, there are no short-cuts, ever.
What do you like most about having your own business?
Autonomy alongside seeing it grow. Every little milestone is a huge achievement me the team and me.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Take more risks. My younger self had several ideas that could have been businesses and solved problems but was a little risk adverse.
Who is an older person that you admire and why?
Elon Musk. The champion of thinking 10 steps ahead but still taking risks and solving problems.
If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?
1920’s. The music, the parties, the clothes and the manners. If I can give a second answer, the world will be an even better, technology centric place in 50 years time.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for sharing my brief story so far!