Our Difference

A note from Teja, our CEO

Many people ask me how our business is different from a typical development shop or talent marketplace. It’s a good question. If I were a better marketer, it’s one that I'd probably write a free ebook about, then ask you to sign up for a webinar to receive your copy. Instead, I realize that if you’re reading this, you either care about finding your next gig, or about finding an amazing developer to work with quickly, so I'll cut to the chase.

We have the most comprehensive vetting process in the entire freelance industry. Every single freelancer must earn top marks in four separate assessments:

  • First, we test each freelancer’s ability to manage a remote engagement. We look for qualities every client cares about: communication habits, reliability, estimation skill, ability to prioritize, and more.
  • Second, we test each freelancer’s technical acumen through an automated coding exam, a live coding exercise, and a technical interview with a member of our engineering team.
  • Third, we verify each freelancer’s commitment to exceptional client service through an interview with me, Gun.io’s chief executive. I’m really proud of the fact that Gun.io freelancers are not just skilled engineers — they are Professional Freelancers who take their job and your projects seriously.
  • And fourth, we do full reference checks on your behalf with their previous clients and employers.

Additionally, we have the fastest presentation of vetted talent of any other talent matching service. We aim to present candidates to clients within the next business day.

Thanks to my co-founder, Rich Jones, our legacy in the open source community gives us a reputation footprint and recruiting advantage against any other development shop or marketplace. We don’t sacrifice quality for speed because we are screening new, ready-to-go developers every week that are eager to work with us. You have a lot of choices when it comes to solving your technical & development goals. We've grown our business without any venture financing. This means we’re still around because our results are worth paying for — not because of my ability to pitch in a conference room. Give us a shot. You don’t have to pay us a dime until you engage a freelancer that you like.

I encourage you to email me at teja@gun.io to let me know that we’re living up to our commitment to quality and to speed.


Teja Yenamandra
CEO, Gun.io

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“I can't believe you got me on a video call with an engineer on the same day. I've used a bunch of others sites and it's obvious your process is so much tighter. Plus, the level of talent was awesome.”

Ethan C., CTO

Our formula looks like this

Find the highest quality talent in the industry.

Recruit & represent high-achieving independent professionals

Top-level engineering talent often choose to operate independently. They can typically charge a premium for their services and also have the autonomy to choose the work that's most interesting or professionally rewarding. We actively discover, vet, and sign these pros in an evergreen effort to grow the industry's best community. These elite engineers are very difficult to find - much less afford - but that's where we come in.


Keep their book of business full of challenging work

Independent contractors often struggle to find a balance between non-billable, business development activities and the actual work people pay them to do. Fact is, most top engineers are more than willing to give up a little on their day rate in order to have a consistent book of business, paired with the opportunity to jettison all of the non-value-add work that comes with being an independent contractor.


Pay them better than our competition does

We're not the only community in town, but we share more revenue than anyone else. Our Professional Freelancers receive up to 70% of every dollar spent with us. No other business in the software development industry pays 70% of their fees directly to their talent (we’ve checked the public filings) — they are bloated by unnecessary internal operational, engineering, and marketing costs.

Provide unparalleled agility, flexibility & speed.

Grant access to an exclusive pool of exceptional freelance talent

Finding great developers and product talent is hard. Everyone struggles with it. The good engineers are taken and probably too expensive anyway. There aren't enough people in your city or region to support the demand. And it's hard to do proper vetting, so it's risky to hire someone and it not work out. Not to mention the time it takes to do all of that by yourself. Our approach reduces risk, while dramatically increasing the supply of quality, vetted talent. 


Handle all of the aspects of finding a candidate that you don't have the time, expertise or desire to do

Your first call is with a member of our leadership team in order to understand your project, goals, stack, and all the other nuances that define your ideal situation. Then we take on all the related tasks of posting your job, fielding inquiries, vetting, and matching candidates to your specs. Once your freelancer or team are sourced, you will receive a dedicated 24/7 billing and project administrative contact to stay connected to your needs and project over time.


Provide structure, process and oversight at the project level to guarantee success

Most of our competitors provide a transactional service. You post a gig, they match you up with a developer and you take it from there. We aren't a transactional service. In fact, our value is equally distributed across the entire project lifecycle. We stay connected to you and your project to make sure you have the roles you need, when you need them, regardless of skill set - all without increasing your cost.


And we'd like to earn your trust, too.

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