Toptal continues the online recruitment platform Andela
Toptal LLC, an online staffing platform for highly skilled tech workers, filed a lawsuit in June alleging that Andela Inc. has hired executives from Toptal and is essentially seeking to clone the company, court records show .
In its complaint filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Toptal sued Andela and several former executives of Toptal for interference in contracts, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets as well as breach of confidentiality, non- solicitation and non-compete agreements.
“While some lateral movement can be expected between competitors, Andela’s campaign has inappropriate motives and uses inappropriate means to quickly and quickly recreate Toptal’s model using former Toptal key personnel. “, according to the lawsuit.
Andela responded to the lawsuit in a statement.
“The complaint is completely without merit,” Andela’s general counsel Kirsten Canton said in a statement. “But those who cannot innovate, plead. We are focused on creating the first Andela, a global marketplace for top engineering talent. We will vigorously defend our company and our colleagues.
Toptal selects highly qualified independent contractors such as engineers, software developers, designers, financial experts and product managers. It was founded in 2010 and serves more than 1,000 customers in more than a dozen countries, according to the company.
Andela started out as an outsourcing operation focused on in-person and on-premise hubs in Africa. In April, he published a Press release about his efforts to go global and that he had engineers from 37 countries on five continents, although he still works with tech professionals from Africa. Investors in Andela include Generation Investment Management, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Spark Capital and Google Ventures, according to the company.
Toptal in the lawsuit cited examples of what he said were efforts that violated non-compete contracts and other efforts that he said were inappropriate.
For example, Toptal alleges that a former executive sent an invitation to a wine tasting in a mass email to his Toptal contact list, which Toptal learned about because the executive’s old Toptal email didn’t was not deleted from the exported contact list.
The company also alleged efforts to recruit independent professionals from Toptal, among other allegations.