ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Seelio Inc., an online professional portfolio network for college students, announces the expansion to new institutions and the addition of Nate Johnson, vice president of marketing at Path and the former head of consumer marketing at LinkedIn, to its team.
"I've long been a believer in empowering college students with the tools they need to be successful," said Johnson. "Seelio, with its deep focus on design and utility, is poised to deliver real and unique value to students trying to pursue their dream jobs and internships."
Nate will advise the company on strategic growth initiatives and positioning in the marketplace. "Our team is thrilled to have someone with Nate's experiences join our board of advisors to support our development as a company," said Moses Lee, CEO and co-founder of Seelio.
Since the company launched its beta product in August 2012, the site has expanded to more than 700 campuses and has added thousands of new students. Students primarily use Seelio to document their college experiences and professionally market themselves beyond the traditional stationary resume.
- Thuan Doan, an engineering sophomore at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is using Seelio to show off his projects. "Seelio is the perfect platform for me to highlight and document my works," said Doan. "As a student, I use it as a supplement to my resume in order to provide more detail and depth to my work experiences."
- "Seelio provides a visual and written component that is sometimes reserved only for art students," said Jonathan Jackson, a political science senior at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. "I hope to have Seelio serve as a conversation starter; people will see my experiences through a variety of mediums and be interested in me."
- Other students are using Seelio for graduate school applications. "Seelio is a site where I can present my work in the simplest way," said Shannon Yang, an engineering senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "It provides enough information for graduate school admission officers to learn more."
Seelio also has been growing in popularity among faculty members at institutions such as University of Texas - Austin, University of Michigan, West Virginia University and University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA).
Catherine Gabster, a nursing faculty member at UCLA, is using Seelio to help students record their clinical accomplishments and personal interests throughout their program. "Seelio helps our students quickly develop online portfolios, which are necessary in light of healthcare's shift to online, reflecting not just a national, but global job market," Gabster said. "Seelio gives our students the right online exposure."
Students and faculty aren't the only group taking advantage of Seelio. Companies have been eagerly signing onto the site to post jobs and search for talent. In recent months, companies such as Box, Palantir, Rent the Runway, Yelp and Twitter have started using the platform to find interns and full time hires.
In the coming months, the Seelio team will continue to refine its product and build new features for students to find not only career opportunities, but inspiration from others.
"Our recently launched gallery and activity feed allow students to explore other students' projects, activities and experiences," says Moses Lee. "Students are very interested in discovering what their peers are working on. We'll continue to build around this behavior and allow students to connect with one another over shared interests or common project experiences."
Students and companies can currently create free accounts during Seelio's free beta mode at www.seelio.com.
Seelio Inc., founded in Ann Arbor, Mich., is an online professional portfolio network for college students. Seelio lets students easily document and showcase their projects, experiences and passions. Students are using Seelio to find inspiration, connect with other students, and apply for jobs and graduate school.