We believe everyone deserves an equal shot at academic and professional success. Our goal is to inspire confidence and action by giving everyone a firsthand perspective and a helping hand.
We make software platforms for universities that make it easy to enlist students as ambassadors and alumni as mentors. Our platforms are built to support every student’s professional journey and to scale to meet the needs of any university. Including yours. Come join us!
Why we’re here
Higher Ed Has Come a Long Way
Higher education has always promised a brighter future for those who pursue it. But access was long restricted to those who were white, male, and privileged.
To be the world’s greatest broker of jobs and opportunities
Build with generosity and the belief in paying it forward.
Today is worth two tomorrows. Work today to be successful tomorrow.
Focus on Impact
Identify the real job to be done focus your efforts there.
No misunderstandings. Listen well, communicate often, synthesize and confirm.
Always do what is right for our clients and their communities.
"Tell them you have firsthand manufacturing experience”
Post-graduation, when applying for jobs relevant to his degree, our founder Fredrik didn’t think his resume would impress anyone. In college, he’d spent summers working the assembly line at a meatpacking plant in his hometown. It took a mentor to help him realize his unique value as a job applicant and to communicate it confidently. Mentoring helped kickstart Fredrik’s career and it provided the inspiration (and the name) for our business.
Founded at Harvard Business School
When HBS's head of career services lamented that her 40 career coaches couldn't meet student demand, Fredrik and three classmates decided to turn their school project, of delivering career advisors on demand, into a real business. They called it Evisors.
Launch of Evisors.com
With 250 Harvard and Wharton MBAs signed up as career advisors, we launched Evisors.com, the world's first on demand career advisor site. We targeted job seekers directly, who paid by the hour, but universities soon started buying the service for their students.
Launch of World's First Alumni Mentoring Platform
When a growing number of our 3,000+ paid career advisors starting saying that they would help students at their alma maters for free, we decided to re-engineer Evisors.com to create the world's first alumni mentoring platform for higher education.
Evisors Becomes Firsthand
Sales of our alumni mentoring platform quickly outpaced those of Evisors.com. We decided the company needed a new name to reflect our focus on building mentoring technology rather than selling mentoring hours. We decided to call the company Firsthand.
The Pay It Forward Platform
Today Firsthand offers a full suite of engagement tools and serves hundreds of universities worldwide, helping applicants, students, and alumni find success and reach their potential.