Jeremy Johnson of Andela on transforming hiring to build better companies

August 22, 2017

Jeremy Johnson is the cofounder and CEO of Andela, a startup that is revolutionizing talent distribution in engineering by finding and placing Africa’s brightest developers to help tech giants build better products faster than ever.

In today’s episode of Founder’s Corner, host and Omidyar Network venture partner Rob Veres sits down with Jeremy to learn how the company came together, why you should prioritize skillset and propensity for learning over traditional markers when hiring, and why the belief that brilliance is equally distributed but opportunity is not continues to drive both the company’s direction and Jeremy’s leadership.

Listen to our new episode for an inspiring startup origin story and best practices for hiring and managing that you can implement in your own entrepreneurial venture today.

In this episode, you’ll hear actionable insights from Jeremy, including:

  • Why expanding your startup’s geographical targeting for hiring talent helps you build better teams

  • How to best onboard and hire a decentralized staff and why in-person training at the start is key

  • Why diversity in hiring is more than a moral decision—it’s a better business decision


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Jeremy is widely recognized for his work as an education innovator. Prior to Andela, he cofounded 2U, one of the fastest-growing education technology startups in history. 2U went public in 2014 (NASDAQ:TWOU) and continues to transform higher education by delivering the world’s best online degree programs with top-tier universities.

He serves on the board of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the education nonprofit PENCIL and coauthored Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovative Approaches for the World Economic Forum. He’s been recognized by both Inc. (2012) and Forbes (2013 and 2014) as one of the 30 under 30, by Fast Company as one of the 100 most creative people in business (2015), and by LinkedIn as one of the next wave top professionals under 35 (2016).


Subscribe to Founder’s Corner on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Overcast, and learn more about Andela here. Join the conversation with Rob Veres and Jeremy Johnson on Twitter at @OmidyarNetwork (#ONFoundersCorner). 

Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team invests in early-stage startups that aim to build great for-profit businesses that can change the world and achieve positive societal benefits at scale.

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