Tendo was set up to improve economic security for low-middle income workers and attend to the skill gap that employers are seeing in these roles.
With the accelerating pace of change - one that far exceeds the natural updating of capacities between generations - increasing certainty for both employers (supply) and employees (employability) is a real challenge. A large part of this future will require a look back to chart skillsets, and subsequently position the employee as a user with a mutable career. To improve incentives for lifelong learning, we want to create a concrete backbone on which employees can pin their workplace credentials and facilitate a more porous employment landscape in which an individual is hired and promoted based on their proven ability, not merely on the perception of how they communicate their previous experience.
What & how
Tendo is a digital product that acts as a place for employers and frontline employees to dynamically share information on their work history together. This is done by having each party mutually verify hours and skills on a regular cadence (daily, weekly, monthly). Through this exchange, Tendo generates a portable record that the employee owns and can compound for life, improving or increasing the total offering of working beyond the reward of a low-medium wage. The employer also has access to this same information, allowing people managers to view their entire organisation's evolving skills experience in one screen.
Tendo is made of three people. Will Ross handles everyday business operations and communication, interfacing with customers for product discovery. Ross Greenhalf and James Allardice focus on engineering and product development, each with backgrounds in leading technology teams in the UK's most advanced enterprise-tier companies (Telefónica, Tesco, The Economist).