Unlocking Human Potential

This is our mission and reason to exist.

We craft technology to scale & replicate the life altering guidance that some people stumble into. We believe that everyone should be able to find their passions and pursue them meaningfully.

We have started by working with students - our goal is to be the way that every university student engages with their career.

Our story

A 5-minute conversation changed our Founder’s life, when someone with knowledge of the world pointed him in the right direction and said ‘go’. However, not everyone is presented with these opportunities.

We believe that the job highway works but the on-ramps are broken - students are unable to find the best opportunities for them and employers are often unable to connect meaningfully with students.

We use technology to fix this problem at scale, so that every student has access to great opportunities and every employer has access to great humans.

Students and employers are no longer connecting.

Students often don’t know what they want to do or even what career opportunities are possible. Universities are not filling this need and millions of young people are left scared and lost, drifting into their life’s pursuits.

Employers are eager to hire young talent, but find it costly and difficult to do so. On-campus recruiting does not scale and only provides access to a small number of colleges. Finding and attracting motivated students is a huge challenge.

We are repairing these gaps by serving as an advocate for both students and employers.

Our Values

People
Growth
Passion
Dream

These are our core values

Ask us about them.

Our team

Our Advisors

Wall of Fame

We are inspired by others that have achieved these goals.

We are looking for
incredible people

We are a fast-paced start-up headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Poznań, Poland and Hanover, NH (the site of our first campus).

Even if you don't see the perfect position below, please feel free to submit a resume and short statement expressing how you will help us achieve our mission.

Alex Tonelli Founder & CEO
Alex is in charge of building and empowering our team of missionaries focused on unlocking human potential.

He has founded three successful businesses prior to Vocate. Most recently, he Co-Founded Funding Circle USA, where he was Managing Director. FC was recently valued at more than $1B and has ~350 employees. Additionally, he founded Endurance Fitness, a chain of fitness centers which sold successfully, and Endurance Companies, a holding company for entrepreneurial investments.

Previously, Alex was an investor at Summit Partners, Seneca Capital, and Hasso Plattner Ventures, where he implemented a successful turnaround as Interim CEO of Global Vision. Alex has also worked for Citigroup Consumer Investment Banking, the US Embassy in Paris, and relevantly Dartmouth Career Services. Alex received an MBA from Stanford and an AB, cum laude, from Dartmouth.

As a child, he dreamed of playing hockey for the New York Rangers (and sometimes still does).
Braden Pan Marketplace & Growth
Braden is Director of Marketplace and Growth where he has his hands in all aspects of the business. He joined Vocate because of his own struggles to figure out his post-college career path.

Previously , he was the first non-founding employee of Distributed Sun, a solar energy startup. In addition, he has worked for a small private equity firm, multiple senators on Capitol Hill, and volunteered at a middle school in Ghana. Braden received a B.A. in Philosophy from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Braden’s childhood dream job was to be a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and an astronaut in the off-season.
Eric Hennings Founder & CTO
Eric leads the technology & product teams at Vocate. His teams craft experiences that help students and employers to forge meaningful connections.

He has founded and led technology & product as the CTO of several venture backed startups: Modewalk (a SaaS fashion technology site that was acquired by Moda Operandi) and IceBreaker (a mobile social networking & gaming company that was acquired by DeNA, the top mobile social network in Japan). Eric previously was the Vice President of Mobile Search at Yahoo! and spent nine years at Microsoft on projects including early versions of Internet Explorer, Sharepoint and Microsoft CRM.

Eric earned his B.A. from Reed College and as a child dreamed of discovering new frontiers as a deep sea marine biologist.
Jackie Peterson Marketing
Jackie leads Marketing at Vocate. At Vocate she has found a match where she can pursue her passion for education, technology, and improving student life. Her job is to spread the word about Vocate to college students and recent grads.

She earned her B.A. at the University of San Francisco and M.A. at Freie Universität in Berlin. She has been working in the higher education and ed-tech field for the past 5 years, including working at iversity in Berlin.

Although she loves her job, her childhood dream was to become an illustrator and animator.
Josh Pittel Legal and Operations
Josh helps students and employers connect with each other by providing legal and operations support across all of Vocate's activities.

He serves as Counsel and Operations Manager to Endurance Companies, the holding company which invubated Vocate. He has also worked as corporate counsel for another Endurance Company, Funding Circle. Prior to that, he worked in securities litigation, and has also worked at Glass Lewis, American Express and JDA Software. During law school he worked for a clinic that specialized in FINRA securities arbitration, as well as a non-profit legal services firm.

Josh is an Armstrong Scholar, and holds a B.S. from Arizona State University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Josh's childhood dream job was to be an attorney at an early stage ed-tech startup based in San Francisco.

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Matt Miles Business Development
Matt leads Business Development at Vocate. He and his team design solutions which help companies attract and retain entry-level talent, while also offering hiring managers access to a diverse funnel of recent college grads.

Prior to Vocate Matt held a senior role in management consulting at Protiviti with an industry focus in Staffing & Recruiting and RPO. Matt holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, and has earned a certificate in Corporate Finance as a post-graduate.

Matt's childhood (and current) dream job is to be an MLB color commentator, preferably in the National League.
Romil Patel Partnerships & Operations
Romil is an analyst at Vocate where he focuses his time on making sure that students have access to the right opportunities and employers have access to the right students.

Previously, he co-founded EMI, a medical devices startup. He has also published research in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. Romil graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a Master of Engineering Management degree as a George Conrades Distinguished Fellow and holds a BS, cum laude, in Biomedical Engineering from The George Washington University.

Romil's childhood dream job was to play small forward for the Boston Celtics.
Sam Carney Advocate
Sam is an Advocate at Vocate. He is responsible for ensuring that all students on our platform achieve a successful outcome. He leads our student side customer service efforts, provides coaching and guidance to students on career paths, and delivers and improves our interview prep processes.

He earned his B.A. from Ithaca College where he was captain of the football team, and has spent the past 3 years in various positions at both the Cornell and Dartmouth athletic departments. Sam joined Vocate both because of his passion for coaching and helping college students and his own experiences navigating the job market after graduating college.

Sam’s childhood dream job was to be a professional football player and have his own food truck in the offseason.
Łukasz Banasiak Backend Software Developer
Łukasz is a full stack developer and crafts both backend systems and frontend features. His work helps students to better understand what they want to do and helps both employers and students to connect.

He has been a member of several startups and established companies as both a python programmer and a systems administrator. Lukasz previously worked at one of the largest fixed income and equity asset managers in Europe (BZ WBK Asset Management -part of Santander Group).

Łukasz has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Poznan University of Technology. His childhood dream job was to become a basketball player in the NBA.
Adrian Kruszewski Backend Software Developer
Adrian is a Backend Software Developer at Vocate. He specializes in building matching algorithms and systems that discover the best opportunities to connect students with their dream jobs and employers with passionate employees.

Prior to Vocate, he worked at a number of other startups focusing on data mining, data analysis, and machine learning.

He received a B.A. in Astronomy from the Adam Mickiewicz University and his childhood dream job was to be an Astronomer.
Darek Frynas Frontend Software Developer
Darek is a Frontend Software Developer at Vocate and builds seamless, enjoyable and beautiful experiences into our products for employers and students.

Prior to working at Vocate, Darek was the CSS master at Dynado, a startup software company. He received a B.Sc. in Engineering for the University of Applied Sciences in Gorzow, Poland.

Darek’s childhood dream job was to fly tactical fighters.
Sylwia Początko Quality Assurance
Sylwia heads up Quality Assurance and works hard to make sure that all of our technology works smoothly for both students and employers.

She has worked as a tester at two other startups and is currently studying Quality Engineering at the University of Zielona Góra.

Sylwia’s childhood dream job was to be a children’s author, and she wrote & illustrated some books.
Hubert Jaruzal Frontend Software Developer
Hubert is a Front End Software Developer at Vocate. He creates beautiful user interfaces and helps students and employers have a great experience when using Vocate.

Prior to Vocate, he worked at several software houses. Hubert has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Technology in Bydgoszcz.

His childhood dream job was to become a paleontologist.