When it comes to tech startups, Tony Jamous exemplifies the impact-led, laser-focused entrepreneur who starts with the product and is driven by scale. We highly value these attributes at Connect, so when we got wind of Tony’s newest idea, we were all ears. (Get Pietro’s behind-the-scenes scoop on why we decided to invest here.) Now, Oyster has raised a $20 million Series A led by Emergence Capital (original backers of Salesforce and Zoom), and is well on its way to achieving both growth and impact with Tony at the helm.
Oyster sets out to make hiring, paying, training and supporting globally-distributed teams an easy and hassle-free experience for everyone involved. Behind it all is Oyster’s mission: to help upskill and hire talent from around the world, reduce income inequality, and support less privileged communities while solving global companies’ employment needs at scale. We’re amazed at how far they’ve come in such a short time, and loved our intimate chat with Tony about the company’s beginnings, inspiration, and beliefs. Enjoy the full interview below.