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Meet Alp Onurlu of 80Twenty in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alp Onurlu.

Alp, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Started 80Twenty, staffing & recruitment agency that specializes in creative, marketing, and sales roles, in 2011. Our first offices were in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, this was followed by an office in New York City, NY.

Nothing comes easy of course, first 2 years have been really rough. Staffing is an industry with a lot of players that come in every shape and size. What helped us a lot is positioning us as a specialty firm in our fields of expertise, investing a lot of time and money in online and offline marketing efforts (lots and lots of sleepless nights), and creating superb service (once we signed with the clients).

Fast forward 6.5 years. We are a very reputable award-winning marketing, sales, and creative staffing/recruitment agency. Also, 80Twenty is now the highest rated staffing agency in its specialty on Yelp as well as on Google. Furthermore, we have been selected as one of the Top 100 fastest-growing private companies by The Business Times two years in a row (2016 and 2017).

80Twenty is a gateway for creative, marketing, and sales talent for the best opportunities with the hottest start-ups, technology, entertainment, and media companies in the market.

Our name is based on Pareto’s principle. This means that 80% of your results come from 20% of your resources. Our focus is to help match our clients and candidates with that core 20% talent/opportunities. We are extremely selective about the candidates and the clients we represent to make everlasting matches.

Think speed, versatility, and flexibility with no compromising on integrity. We’re big enough to handle a tall order, yet small enough to work around your needs and expectations. (And we’ve been told we’re nice to work with also, please make sure to look us up on Yelp and Google also.)

Our expertise was gained through experience. Majority of our team has hands-on experience from the field of marketing, design, creative, online media, and staffing. Not only does that help us connect with the right talent and the clients, but it also means we’ll understand your needs from a very practical perspective.

Has it been a smooth road?
I can call this road everything but smooth. The first 2-3 years of 80Tweny my average daily sleep went down from 8 hours to 3 hours. (This lack of sleep combined with excessive consumption of caffeine and anxiety attacks was not good for my health).

We have faced every obstacle that you can imagine on this road. Financial struggles, lawsuits, employee issues, unpaid invoices/collection issues,…etc

At the end of the day, what kept our chin up was, the feedback we were getting from our clients and candidates. We knew were on to something good and we just had to hustle and continue doing what we do best; matching exceptional talent with best in class companies. `We could see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am very happy to report that those days are over.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with 80Twenty – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
80Twenty is an award-winning marketing, sales, and creative talent agency with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. 80Twenty is the highest rated staffing agency in its specialty on Yelp as well as on Google and has been selected as one of the Top 100 fastest-growing private companies two years in a row by The Business Times (2016 and 2017).

80Twenty is marketing, sales, and creative candidates’ gateway to the best opportunities with the hottest start-ups, technology, entertainment, and media companies in the market.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I personally love that there is no shortage of creative people in Los Angeles (actors/actresses, writers, directors, designers, entertainment folks,…etc). I love being surrounded by these kinds of creative minded people.

Other than that, of course, the usual: the weather, beaches, healthy/active lifestyle, the casual attitude, never running out of options on things to do, the food scene, the party scene, theme parks, ..etc

Whats not to like about Los Angeles, right? … oh wait yeah, of course, the TRAFFIC!

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