TB Members Calling #4 | Lucas Martínez “If I were not an entrepreneur, I would be a politician”
Talent.com is an artificial intelligence-based job and salary search engine. The company, based in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), was founded in 2011 as Neuvoo and has raised more than $50 million to date; present in more than 70 countries, it publishes around 30 million job offers each month and generates around 70 million visits to its website. Lucas Martínez is co-founder of the company and has moved to Barcelona to lead its European expansion, focused on the SME market. From here he manages a team of three people, with plans to hire 150 over the next three years.
I was born in Geneva, 1983. I am the son of Spanish immigrants in Switzerland and became an adult in Montreal in Canada. Co-founder and Co-CEO of Talent.com, a job search platform. Progressing in padel and very ‘culé’.
TB: Why your project?
LM: We opened an office in Barcelona to serve European SME clients.
TB: A good idea you have had.
LM: Travelling the world and discovering new cultures
TB: A bad professional experience
LM: Hiring people who are not committed to the project. We waste a lot of time.
TB: The best advice you’ve ever been given
LM: Rather a comment I heard that I liked very much. “You react to things that are happening to you instead of taking responsibility for your actions. It’s too exhausting and makes you a victim. And victims don’t win.”
TB: An inspiration
LM: My two friends with whom I created Talent.com.
TB: A startup (other than your own)
LM: Space X.
TB: A book to recommend
LM: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
TB: A series or film or song that defines your moment in life.
TB: A recipe, a meal, a restaurant.
LM: Bandeja Paisa.
TB: A city, a journey.
LM: Taipei, Taiwan.
TB: Where would you invest 100k?
LM: In a venture capital (VC) investment fund.
TB: And a million euros?
LM: I would diversify.
TB: If you were not an entrepreneur…
TB: What is Tech Barcelona for you?
LM: A perfect meeting place to land softly in Barcelona and get to know its entrepreneurial community.