About Caissa.

We’re out to change the recruitment industry’s reputation one candidate and one client at a time. From a place of integrity and respect, our focus is on matching engineers, developers, and CTOs in Berlin with companies that mirror their career development expectations, workstyle, and global outlook.

We’re directly operated by our founder and CEO, Konstanty Sliwowski, who leads this business from the front, exemplifying our principles as he serves our candidates and clients. As a privately owned business, we expect to be around for many years to come, and that means our reputation and quality of work must remain high. Unlike the commercial recruitment agency model frequently seen in London and across Germany, our boutique consultancy lead approach doesn’t mirror a “CV feeder” or “keyword match” strategy.

We really know our clients. We partner with some of Berlin’s most exciting businesses including GetYourGuide, Delivery Hero, Urban Sports Club, and Homeday.

We operate on a retainer model, so we’re empowered to help companies drive long term growth through personnel recruitment and retention which extends far beyond one individual candidate placement.

Our principles

Celebrate Expertise

We hold deep expertise in recruitment for developer, engineer, and senior technical roles. That’s it. As a small team committed to sustained long term growth of our business, we are focused on this one area of specialisation with our clients because this is what we have proven we do really well. We are Berlin’s trusted advisor in technology recruitment.

Be Careful

Recruitment redirects the course of a human life - a candidate may go on to become the company CTO or meet their future spouse where we place them. Because there is so much at stake, and both candidates and clients are putting such trust in our abilities to connect them to each other, we must be careful with our actions and timelines.

Communicate Clearly

With so much at stake for a candidate, clear communication is of the utmost importance. We always strive for transparency, keeping all parties up to speed to provide a fair recruitment process. This can include providing candidates with constructive feedback on interviews or sitting down with clients when decision makers aren’t clearing diary space for an interview.

Be Professional

The right match is the priority, not receiving a commission bonus. We strive to take ownership of our role as the medium between candidate and company, to be relied upon as a dependable expert.

What does ‘Caissa’ mean?

Caissa is the goddess of chess, as named by William Jones in his 1763 poem "Caïssa" or "The Game at Chess". Jones was inspired by the character of Scacchia, the original name of the “Goddess of Chess” as featured in Marco Girolamo Vida’s poem from 1527 about classic gods playing a chess game.

Who was Caissa?

Caissa was a nymph. The god Mars wanted Caissa, but she rebuffed his attempts. In a state of frustration, Mars spoke with his friend Euphron, the God of Sport. Euphron helped Mars create the game of Chess in an effort to win over Caissa’s feelings and it worked - Caissa falls for Mars.

Who is Marco Girolamo Vida (1485-1566)?

Marco Girolamo Vida, also known as Marcus Hieronymus Vida was a brilliant Italian poet, and career priest rising to Bishop of Alba in 1533. Vida published Scacchia Ludus or “The Game of Chess” in 1527 which introduced the character “Scacchia” also referred to as the Goddess of Chess. When published, Vida was midway through his successful church career acting as Archpriest of Solarolo Monasterolo in Northern Italy outside of Parma. The work is 658-lines long, written in Latin in the Hexameter format, frequently seen in epic poetic literature like Homer’s Odyssey.

Who is William Jones (28 September 1746 – 27 April 1794)?

William Jones was a language prodigy, British judge, and scholar with a focus on Asian culture and languages. His poem “The Game of Chess” is his most famous work in English, introducing the character of Caissa to English speaking audiences for the first time. At the end of his life in Calcutta, India Jones held a working comprehension in 30 languages.

Are "Caïssa" (ka-is-sa) and "Scacchia" (ska-ki-a) the same?

It is assumed in classical literature circles that yes, Scacchia and Caissa are the same character - the Goddess of Chess - brought to life through different poems spanning hundreds of years. It is worth noting there is no physical proof from archives that this is the case.

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