Lee Tae-Gyu of the HUFS Department of Chinese Interpretation and Translation was chosen by Forbes Korea as one of the 20 2030 Power Leaders in the IT-Consumer field. The 20 Power Leaders in that field were chosen by 10 judges after two months of evaluation from December 2021 to this January. The judges included CEOs in the IT sector, related experts, and venture capitalists. Each judge recommended up to five promising candidates, leading to a total of 44 contenders, who were listed from most recommended to least recommended. The top 20 candidates on the list were finally selected as this year’s 2030 Power Leaders.
HUFS student Lee started Doodlin in 2020. The startup offers the one-stop HR solution ‘Greeting’, which covers all hiring tasks and issues for companies. In particular, Greeting allows recruiting companies to view and manage the job application history of each jobseeker from different recruitment platforms, gaining much popularity from not only startups desperate for talented workers, but also the HR teams of large companies. It has been just over a year since Doodlin launched Greeting, but the startup has already achieved exponential growth, gaining more than 1,300 corporate clients, including Socar, Idus, FastFive, Neptune, and Gangnamunni. Backed by its remarkable performance, Doodlin was able to secure KRW 50 million of seed funding from startup accelerator Primer in 2020 and KRW 1 billion through a Pre-A funding round from Primer, Schmidt, FuturePlay, and Donghoon Investment in 2021. By receiving KRW 4.3 billion through a Series-A funding round in December 2021, the startup has raised KRW a total of 5.3 billion in investment so far.
Building on his experience in LikeLion, a nationwide college programming club, Lee chose Computer Engineering as his second major to pursue his passion for coding. He joined HUFS Entrepreneurship Center’s startup club support program twice: as the leader of the HUFS startup club ‘Wanna Start Up Together’ in 2018 and as a member of the HUFS startup club ‘Angry Owls’.
Lee said, “I will focus on solving recruiting and hiring challenges with the goal of delivering a better service to a greater number of clients in this solution market.”