Case Study - Axiom Zen

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Axiom Zen is a venture studio in Vancouver that turns ideas into companies. They are the creators of both Zenhub and CryptoKitties. Axiom has been in a high growth mode since their Seed/Series A funding of $12 million. Some of the investors included Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Version One Ventures, and others. 

Axiom has an excellent recruitment team, but with the amount of growth currently happening, they needed additional support for various hires across engineering and other company divisions. 

Axiom Zen engaged GuruLink to help with the current recruitment team and add some firepower to hire critical members to several different teams across the organization. Two GuruLink team members joined the Axiom team as full-time RPO recruiters and quickly helped place several essential development resources. Axiom Zen entrusted GuruLink to help put together a plan to help them scale while saving money on hires without paying typical contingency fees. 



GuruLink worked closely with the Axiom Zen team to create a plan to help accelerate hiring as quickly as possible while still maintaining a high level of quality and integrity.

Our solution was to provide flexible on-demand full-cycle recruitment resources to help generate qualified candidates, initial reach-outs, scheduling interviews for the internal team, and close offers. GuruLink brought two internal team members at 30 hours per week to help with the current growth. Axiom Zen had many open positions; even Axiom Zen’s talent acquisition team’s combined capacity wasn’t enough to keep up. 



In 4 months of working with Axiom Zen, the GuruLink team provided many candidates to several teams across the organization. Some of the roles we worked on to help hire were: Ruby on Rails Engineers, Frontend Engineers, Blockchain Engineers, Site Reliability Engineers, Engineering Leads, and Full Stack Engineers. 

During the engagement with GuruLink and Axiom Zen, GuruLink had a total of fourteen offers presented and nine accepted. The cost per hire worked out to be $8,527.78, a savings of over $15,000+ per hire over the course of the project working with GuruLink, Axiom Zen saved over $155,000 on agency hires. 


“I was very impressed by GuruLink.

Gavin and Paige were able to find opportunities that aligned with my personal interests for companies that are at the forefront of new technologies and industries. The process was very quick and guidance was given every step of the way. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a job.”

– Jeremy/Candidate

“Having applied to many jobs individually

and feeling like I was getting lost in a pile of resumes, GuruLink did the legwork of presenting my skills and experience to the employer for me and helped get me the IT job that I’ve always wanted. They have educated me on the company, prepared me for who I’d be interviewing with, what questions might be asked. They gave me the confidence I needed to go in and rock the interviews, and now the job. In a booming IT job market that can be hard to find valuable and interesting work, GuruLink found the job that’s right for me, at the salary that I wanted.”

– Dany/Candidate

“I would like to say thank you

Julia and Jibran for the great opportunity that they gave me. As a newcomer to Canada, I wasn’t expecting to get the same job that I have before in my home country. I am unfamiliar with the recruiting process here, and I always hear that we need ‘Canadian Experience’ even if it means taking a job not related to your previous occupation or education. But with the guidance and help of awesome recruiters like Julia and Jibran, I was able to get a job well suited to my qualifications and more than expected compensation. I am very grateful to both of them, and I hope that they can help more newcomers like me to have a great job in Canada and start a new chapter in their lives.”

– Marc/Candidate