Mario Kaphan is the founder of Vagas.com. Vagas (which means jobs in Portuguese) is the Brazilian market leader in e-recruitment solutions. Its mission is to be the all-encompassing tool for businesses to attract, source and select the right employees, and its value proposition is based on three pillars: software tools to manage the recruiting process, candidate sourcing and employer branding. Vagas envisions a world where people can choose the best companies to work with and companies can choose the best people to work with them.
Mario is also the driving force behind Vagas’ singular design for a radically open, free, and entrepreneurial organization—an ever-evolving experiment in managing without managers. Vagas.com has no hierarchy, no titles, and no formal rules. Individual “members” enjoy a remarkable degree of autonomy and collegiality (the mantra is “individuals are empowered to do whatever they want BUT everybody has everything to do with that”). All work is done in small, self-managed teams, and decisions are made via reasoned debate and consensus—an initially laborious process that all members practice daily and that yields powerful results in terms of alignment and agility.