28 Apr '15, 3pm

#This American gives new respect to India’s blue collar workers with #VC funding

#This American gives new respect to India’s blue collar workers with #VC funding

It was at Microsoft Research India about eight years ago that Sean Blagsvedt got the urge to invent new ways of using technology to positively impact the social and economic development of the world’s poorest four billion people. Research showed that the easiest way to get out of the poverty trap was income diversification . But jobseekers in this bracket can typically only obtain work through hearing about open positions via word-of-mouth. Obviously, this hasn’t been working out that well. So Blagsvedt gave up his cushy job to help blue collar workers in India get jobs. A computer science grad, he spent some time experimenting with a village version of LinkedIn. But low-income workers of the world are often not literate. A lot of them don’t even have a mobile phone, let alone access to internet. He did what was the easiest thing to do – provide a job for a missed call (wh...

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