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Learn. Grow. Repeat.

We are committed to democratizing opportunity.


This is our story

We believe that talent is distributed evenly, but opportunity is not.
Handshake was founded to level the playing field.
Three job-seeking students discover a massive opportunity gap.

Michigan Tech students Garrett Lord, Ben Christensen, and Scott Ringwelski begin their job search and are struck by the inequality in access to opportunities.

Three Founders
They decide to get to the bottom of it.

The three buy a used car and criss-cross the country to better understand the inequalities that students are facing when trying to build careers.

Handshake Launches!

The journey to ensuring all higher ed students have equal access to every job begins.

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We Welcome our first University Partners.

First schools adopt Handshake.

First 5 Schools
The Handshake team grows.

Out of a rental house in Houghton, Michigan, the team comes together to make tremendous progress.

First Hires
The Handshake network explodes.

The small but mighty team signs 65 more schools, from coast to coast.

65 More Schools
Seed-funded and California-bound!

After closing seed funding led by True Ventures, the team moves to the Bay Area. Toni Schneider joins Handshake's Board of Directors.

California Bound
Handshake's incredible board of directors continues to grow.

Handshake raises its Series A led by Kleiner Perkins and welcomes Eric Feng, former CTO of Hulu, to the board.

San Francisco's Mission neighborhood becomes home.

Handshake begins to rapidly scale the team and the business and moves into our current office in San Francisco.

Mission Home
The Handshake network doubles to 200+ universities across the country.

In its second major sales season, Handshake signs hundreds more schools, from Wellesley to Berkeley.

200 Universities
The 1 millionth application is submitted via Handshake.

Student-employer engagement on Handshake increases exponentially.

Full steam ahead.

Handshake raises its Series B led by Spark Capital and welcomes Megan Quinn to the board. Around the same time, Handshake hires its 50th employee!

Can't Stop Won't Stop
First Annual Handshake Gives Day!

The team at Handshake is focused on making a difference both nationally and locally.

First Annual
5 million applications and counting!

Remember less than a year ago when Handshake hit 1M applications? We weren't kidding around when we said "exponential."

Mobile app launches!

Students are now enabled to find and apply to jobs on the go!

Mobile App
The Handshake network doubles again!

Handshake is now the official partner of over 400 colleges and universities across the country.

Now serving 80% of the top 10 HBCUs.

Empowered by diversity, we are building an inclusive and diverse community, both on the Handshake platform and across our team.

Top 80 Percent
Handshake becomes the leading early talent network.

Uniting 500 schools, 9 million+ students and young alumni, and 250,000+ employers on 1 career network.

All powered by 90 incredible Handshake employees (and counting!).

100 employees!

Doubling in size in under a year, Handshake prepares to move out of its beloved Mission office.

Handshake raises $40M to continue to grow and further democratize opportunity.

EQT Ventures, along with social impact investors such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Omidyar Network, Reach Capital, among others, provide additional funding to support Team Handshake.

These are our values

We are dedicated to creating an authentic and inclusive culture for all.
learn grow repeat
students first
empowered by diversity
act with empathy
focus on impact
move quickly don't rush

Meet The Team

Meet a few members of our growing team and hear about their unique experiences at Handshake.
Jordan Pedraza

Jordan Pedraza

Customer Success

“I love that Handshake is humble, playful, silly, and genuinely cares about the change we're trying to make. The mission is timely and social justice oriented, which is a...

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Brad Turner

Brad Turner

Product Design

“The team here is incredibly supportive, challenging and supporting me to be a better designer and co-worker every day. Coming from a smaller...

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Eddie Taverez

Eddie Taverez

Employer Sales

“I’ve never been around such an exceptional group of people in my whole life. People work hard and really care about making a difference in the early...

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Stephanie Liu

Stephanie Liu


“I could not have asked to join a better team right after graduating. I’ve found mentors from across the company, and everyone that I work with is genuinely invested in seeing me succeed...

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Molly Johnson

Molly Johnson

Product Management

“I was an English major. I had no clue what I was going to do with my college degree. I saw most of my friends in liberal arts go through that same crisis...

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Daniel Burke

Daniel Burke

Mobile Engineering

“I believe that Handshake will have the chance to help companies tap into an even larger talent pool of disenfranchised people. Millions of career switchers and...

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Join Us

Join a passionate, driven, and empathetic team focused on making an impact and committed to creating an authentic and inclusive culture for all.

We’re committed to offering an amazing employee experience and providing benefits and perks to support our team. We offer Extensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, Equity at a fast-growing company, a 401k to save for your future, Flexible Vacation to rest and recharge, a Family Focused culture to support work life blend, and Learning and Development Opportunities to encourage continuous growth.

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