RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Job openings in the Triangle’s startup job market fell slightly this week, according to the latest edition of the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report.

But we spoke to one startup that’s hiring—Raleon, a Wilmington-based web3 marketing platform led by CEO Nathan Snell.

Snell was one of the original co-founders of nCino and also worked at Live Oak, two of the biggest startup ecosystem branched in Wilmington.

In August, Raleon announced a $3.8M seed round led by Blockchange with participation from Play Ventures, Alliance DAO, and Portal Ventures. According to Snell, who co-founded Raleon with Adam Larson in 2022, Raleon will be using some of those funds to grow their team.

“As a product-led company, we will continue to be investing in the product itself, as well as growth,” Snell told TechWire.

Snell, who spoke last week at a sold-out event sponsored by the North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH) and the Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW), says the company’s primary focus will be growing its Customer Success and Engineering teams.

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“We want to build a reputation of speed and customers who are raving fans,” said Snell. “So ensuring we can ship products quickly and have exceedingly happy customers is imperative for us. That said, our preference is to run lean. I like that it forces ruthless prioritization and eliminates distractions.”

Snell also said the company is willing to hire outside of Wilmington.

“While we are headquartered in Wilmington, we’re actually a remote-first company,” said Snell. “That said, the entirety of our team thus far is in Wilmington, and our goal is to hire local first where we can. Given the other great companies that have gone before us, hiring talented people in Wilmington is easier than in the past, depending on what you’re looking for.”

When asked what kind of expertise Raleon will be looking for, Snell said he’s more focused on “A+ players” than any one skillset.

“At this stage in a company, I’ve always been a fan of attitude and aptitude over specific skill or expertise,” said Snell.

Looking at the Startup Trends—Numbers from the Sept. 18 jobs report

The exclusive WRAL TechWire report pulls numbers weekly from 15 different local or regional job board sites for “startup” jobs, and this week, postings rose slightly.

In total, boards showed 9,536 postings (not accounting for duplications in postings), a 6.4% increase from last week but a 58.6% decline compared to this time last year.

Here’s a look at the trend from the last 14 months:

Here are the numbers from all 15 different local or regional job board sites that we review weekly for WRAL TechWire’s exclusive Jobs Report for “startup” jobs:

Check back next week for an update on the WRAL TechWire jobs report.