How did we get here?

May 2016How it all started
Looking For Impact

Burned out, Max quit his job and returned to his roots in search for impact: helping people with their careers. And he spent all summer interviewing hundreds of individuals about their career goals and satisfaction.

December 2016Quick help matters
Resume Critiques

Max discovered that about 90% of job seekers turn to friends and family for resume help (but don't like doing so). So he tapped his personal network to give job seekers quick, anonymous, honest, and relevant feedback on resumes. And joined an accelerator to build a business around this.

March 2017Just like everyone else
Another Alumni Portal

To making helping each other even easier, we collaborated with entrepreneurship organizations, such as top-ranked NC State University Entrepreneurship Clinic, to build Protopia v1: a networking and mentoring platform for people to "meet." And quickly learned that only the most dedicated sign up and engage.

April 2019Let's do it differently
Duke University Partnership

A "meeting of the minds" with alumni and IT leaders at Duke University was the inception of a pivotal partnership - to "think differently" about inclusive, scalable, smart, and effective alumni and student engagement.

August 2020All together now
Consortium Of Innovators

Following a very successful pilot of our AI engagement technology, Michigan, Emory, UNC, Pitt, and Cal State Northridge joined the "band of disruptors" and deployed Protopia to their alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

December 2021Endorsement & support
Impact Investment

Protopia joins 15 other education technology startups in WGU Labs, the non-pofit accelerator created by Western Governors University to invest in and support new ventures.

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