I'm moving on from my current job to a tech lead position building a
social-networking-esque startup that connects people looking for
opportunities to people who provide them. Basically, it's a job-search site
for a niche market. The nature of the niche requires users to upload videos
of their work, so leveraging an existing service probably won't work. I'm
under NDA for now but may be able to provide more details in the future...
Anyway, from the above description, you can guess that I've already
identified this as basically a matching process, and I hope to optimize that
process to help the users of the site. I have TONS of ideas for how to
improve things, since right now there is no real connectivity built in - you
enter your profile, send in your video, and hope for the best.
I'm looking for some literature or books that might help me look at this
process more holistically, learn from others who have built successful
matchmaking or job-search sites, and avoid running down the impossible
paths. I'll be building the tech team from scratch, so need some gritty
details to go with an overall approach to the user's problem (so read:
algorithms, plus possible sample personas and process flows).
I don't know if the above exists, but if you want to learn more let me know,
or if you can recommend any good reading on the topic of sites that connect
people (with a purpose) together, please post or let me know via email.