Bristol-based technology startup Deazy has continued its growth and expansion by acquiring Geektastic, which provides customisable, peer-reviewed technical assessments that generate deep technical insight to allow enterprises to quickly identify the best developers.

Deazy, which featured on our TalentTech 50 ranking last year, works with enterprises such as the RAC and Popeyes, helping to address the problem of accelerating digital delivery by bringing the best global development talent to a challenge. 

Developers are selected from Deazy’s curated community of 85 global development partners and managed by their highly experienced, in-house product and delivery experts, who provide the support and resources to guarantee success. 

The acquisition of Geektastic – with its mixture of technical assessments and code challenges – means Deazy can now readily demonstrate the skills and quality within its developer community to potential customers.

“We’ve worked with Geektastic since 2022 and saw such positive returns that it made perfect sense to bring them into the Deazy family,” said Andy Peddar, CEO, Deazy (pictured). 

“We always aim to make digital delivery easier for our clients by giving them access to the best developers and full product delivery teams, and Geektastic helps us achieve that. 

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“We know how good our developers and teams are, but we can now be 100% transparent about that quality and communicate that to clients.

“We can also now take ownership of vetting and quality within our community from a holistic perspective, vetting for code quality and soft skills, such as communication, cultural fit, and the ability to work in a team.” 

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Geektastic provides both pre-built and bespoke code challenges on demand. Its customisable platform allows customers to build their code challenges and review guidelines integrated into their HR platforms for streamlined recruitment.

The acquisition will see Geektastic co-founder and CEO Rick Brownlow join as vetting and quality lead.

“Our methodology and proposition are a wonderful fit with Deazy,” he said. “Enterprises have an almost insatiable need for high-calibre experts in software engineering, machine learning AI, and data engineering to complement the gaps in their teams, but some perceive working with external developers as risky. 

“We remove that risk entirely and will be expanding the offering to include soft skills and cultural fit assessments later this year.”

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