Our Story

Portl is being developed to solve four main problems: 1) It’s expensive to find and hire freelancers, 2) Freelancers need channels to market, 3) People get frustrated applying for jobs online, and 4) Existing platforms dilute freelancer rates. Our goal is to become the go-to place for finding freelancers, globally.

Hamish Dunn, Founder of Portl - Find Freelancers

Hamish Dunn


Hamish completed his MBA at age 24, then spent several years working as a Management Consultant. In 2005, he moved into recruitment and spent the last 15 years working as a head-hunter specialising in transformation. Having represented hundreds of freelancers over the years, he brings significant understanding of the contract/interim recruitment market.

Freelance dream: run Portl from a beach hut in the summer and a ski chalet in the winter!


Office Dog

Dinky is the office dog / Chief Fun Officer. He’s a 3 year old Frenchie with no prior business experience, however, he more than makes up for this with enthusiasm!

Want to work with us?

We have the following opportunities:


Hamish is currently looking for a Technical Co-Founder – ideally a full stack developer capable of maintaining and gradually improving both the mobile and web applications. React Native and Django skills would be highly beneficial, as would start-up experience. Amount of “available time” and investment potential is flexible, however, you must have a genuine passion for our product and vision: to become the go-to place for finding freelancers, globally.

Email hamish@portl.work for an informal chat.


We’re also looking for London-based students looking for part-time work experience in the tech / start-up space. This is currrently un-paid work, however you’ll gain insight into how an early-stage start-up works, plus some valuable experience to bolster your CV as you approach graduation. We’re completely flexible on the amount of time people can commit, so it could be one day, several half days, or even a few hours per week. The location will be a shared workspace in the Shoreditch area. Would suit people studying business, marketing or creative subjects.

Email hamish@portl.work to be considered.