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With only two weeks to go before Startup Next Demo Day, we take a look at our last #GeekdomBuilt company. This company’s story is even more interesting than the last, since the founder once wore the geekstaff crown. Today, we’re talking about CodersLink.

Meet Tito Salas, CEO and founder of CodersLink. Like all great companies, Tito came up with his idea after recognizing a need. When Tito graduated from UTSA and looked for a  job, he saw many job opportunities for developers but not enough talent to fill them. Being a Mexican national, he knew that Mexico had tons of developers who could fill the roles and were also looking to achieve the American Dream. The problem: he had no idea how to bring the companies and talent together. At that time, Tito took a job here at Geekdom as a membership manager with the intention of bringing those developers to the San Antonio tech ecosystem.

Already familiar with starting lean and the process of testing out an idea, Tito developed his MVP.  Tito found five companies looking to hire developers and brought in five Mexican developers to interview for the positions. At the end of the day, one of the companies wanted to hire one of the candidates! That’s when the hard part started. Tito had made the match, but how did he get the developer setup in the US?  He then dug in and learned everything he could find about about visas and importing talent. After talking with lawyers and consultants, and more importantly, going through the entire visa process, Tito was able to bring that developer over and fill the company’s position. That day, CodersLink was born.
Tito took the money he made from that referral and immediately put in into starting his business. While CodersLink’s mission is to bring talent across the border, Tito’s personal goal is to show how easy it is to bring talent to companies that need it. While at Startup Next, he’s extremely interested in meeting with mentors, developing his pitch, and talking with companies about their concerns with hiring international talent. You can find Tito roaming the floors at Geekdom when he isn’t enjoying a torta in his favorite Mexican taqueria. Be sure to RSVP to watch his pitch on June 2nd in the Event Centre.

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