Tony Chapman started his recruitment career in 2007 as a Trainee Consultant at a boutique agency in London, initially specialising in infrastructure technology before specialising further into the Linux and Open Source space, quickly becoming the company’s highest producer. A brief stint setting up a division at one of James Caan’s brands then led him to branch out on his own setting up LinuxRecruit. LinuxRecruit are now widely seen as a market leading and pioneering agency within the Open Source and DevOps industries and have successfully built whole engineering teams for the likes of ITV, Net-A-Porter, Ticketmaster and dozens of other companies including many Tech City start-ups. The company was shortlisted for newcomer Agency of the Year in the 2014 Recruiter Awards.



Favourite success quote: video time stamp 4.46 minutes

Biggest failure faced in recruitment: video time stamp 8.25 minutes

  • Tony feels his failures within Linux have all been based around hiring and recruiting the wrong people for the Linux team, especially so-called ‘experienced’ recruiters.  Watch now to find out more!

The eureka moment: video time stamp 12.34 minutes

  • Tony’s a-ha moment happened when he was working in infrastructure recruitment, and he thought to focus just on Linux, to see what effect just focusing on one specialist niche would have. Watch now to find out how it worked out for him!

Best piece of business advice received: video time stamp 30.18 minutes

  • “Don’t be an employee of your own business” said to Tony by Roy Ripper


Best business resource: video time stamp 31.39 minutes

Best business book: video time stamp 33.26 minutes

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Tony’s final piece of advice – “Work hard and stay humble. Humility and being nice to people goes a long way.”

Find out more about Tony on LinkedIn and contact him via email at

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