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10 Reasons the Seelio Team is Thankful for YOU!

by Moses 0 Comments

This Thanksgiving, the Seelio team wants to share ten reasons why we are thankful for you:

10) Most of you don’t use Internet Explorer. (If you do, download Chrome now and experience Seelio in a whole new way.)

9) You have told recruiters that you don’t have a resume, but you DO have a Seelio.

8) You let us post pictures of you on multiple campuses advertising Seelio. (Thanks Raj!)

7) You put up with our site bugs and report them faithfully. (BTW, we’re still in beta.)

6) You give us great ideas on how to improve Seelio, such as making it into a dating site.

5) You stick our stickers everywhere.

4) You let us know what our competitors are doing and how much you love us more than them.

3) You invite us to give tech talks on your campuses and let us buy you LOTS of pizza.

2) You want to pay good money for our t-shirts, even though they are not for sale.

1) You have a great sense of humor. :)

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

-Moses & the Seelio Team

P.S. You definitely want to check out Seelio today. There are some surprises!

Underground Printing Interview!

by Chelsea Hunersen 0 Comments
Apparel company and friend of Seelio, Underground Printing, recently blogged an interview with Seelio CEO, Moses. We have put the interview below, but you can also out on their blog here!

Tech Customer Spotlight: Seelio

UGP talked to Moses, the co-founder of Seelio, to learn all about this new professional platform that is changing the way students apply for jobs and present themselves to employers. Seelio allows students to showcase their experiences using more than just the written word. This cool new company has been written up in TechCrunch, PSFK, Lifehacker, and VentureBeat. If you’re a high school or college student looking to enhance your professional online presence or an employer who’s tired of reading the traditional resume, we urge you to check out Seelio.

UGP: How did you come up with the idea for Seelio?

Moses: Seelio started with a visit to Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Portfolio Day – an event where students showcase themselves to professionals in the Ann Arbor community using a paper binder of class work, essays, and awards.

Afterward, we lamented to the program administrators: “Too bad that the paper portfolios will probably wind up on a shelf in their homes, never to be seen again.” Even more unfortunate, those who hold the keys to educational and career opportunities would probably never review these rich portfolios to make better admissions or hiring decisions.

Inspired by this event, David, Jerry, and I founded Seelio at the end of 2011. We initially opened the platform only to students at the University of Michigan.

On August 6th, 2012, we launched Seelio to the world with a vision that college students everywhere will use it to show who they truly are and what they can accomplish.

UGP: What exactly is Seelio?

Moses: Seelio is an online portfolio network that empowers college students to showcase their works, skills, and passions and connect with career opportunities. On Seelio, students can showcase anything — from compelling school projects to adventurous extracurricular activities.  They can also apply to jobs or be discovered by recruiters. And best of all, students can also browse and discover cool works and projects from other students.

UGP: How do employers connect with students on the Seelio?

Moses: First, students can apply to jobs posted on Seelio by employers (we have had several students successfully land opportunities this way). Employers can also message students directly if they think the student might be a right fit for an opportunity. Typically this would happen if an employer has searched for a certain skill or interest and a student’s works or experiences came up as a result.

UGP: How is Seelio different from a standard resume or LinkedIn portfolio?

Moses: Resumes and LinkedIn work well for people who have lots of work experiences. But the problem is that some students just don’t have a lot. Students have told us that it is extremely difficult for them to professionally present and express themselves using just text on a single piece of paper or on LinkedIn, which is basically a digital resume.

Seelio is a simple, dynamic way to visually show student projects, skills, and passions. With Seelio, you can upload anything digital – from screenshots of your projects, to a youtube video of you’re a cappella performance, to the CAD design of your engineering project, or pictures of you running a marathon. Seelio gives a voice to students who can’t show what they do on paper or who have more skills than their major or work experience would suggest. Several members of the Seelio team are also working in fields in which they did not major; without tools like Seelio, it would not have been possible for these people to show their skills and they could easily have been overlooked.

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UGP: Would you consider Seelio to be a professional social network?

Moses: As of right now, we are focused on making Seelio the best place for students to professionally present themselves.  We are currently building out the functionality to make it more of a professional network and you will see more social functionality in the near future.

UGP: What is your vision for the future of Seelio?

Moses: Ideally Seelio will become the largest online portfolio network for students – including high school students. It will be a new way for students to discover themselves, each other, and career/educational opportunities. It will also inspire students, especially those in interdisciplinary programs or those with conflicting majors and interests, to pursue opportunities they might never have considered before. We like to think that we will one day allow every student to find the perfect opportunity for them.

Oh yeah, and we would also love to see University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson on Seelio, so we’re working on that…

Seelio Photo Frenzy: Purdue/UIUC

Last week, members of the Seelio team set off on a two-day expedition across the world- ok, it was across Indiana and Illinois, but it was still a blast! We got to spend time with inspiring students from both Purdue University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, talking to them about Seelio and about hacker culture at the University of Michigan. This time we brought friends and a professional camera, so take a look at some of our adventures!

Seelio Team

The Seelio team pre-road trip. Not a bad looking group if we do say so ourselves… From left to right: Ginny (Campus Outreach Manager), Sharon (Designer), Ian (Developer), David (Co-Founder, CTO), Raj (Seelio Advocate), Moses (Co-Founder, CEO), David (Seelio Advocate), Chelsea (Community Manager), Jerry (Co-Founder, CDO), Jing (Developer).

Seelio Superstars

Check out Seelio superstars, friends, and hackers: David Fontenot and Raj Vir who decided to come help us spread the word about Seelio and Michigan Hackers. Can you guess which school they are at here?

HINT: Boilerup!

Raj and Seelio Flyer

You may recognize Raj from some of our Seelio flyers around campus. We were stoked to find that his flyers were still prominently displayed all over the computer science department at Purdue University.

Raj and Seelio Flyer

We also had to have a picture of Raj putting up his flyer!

Seelio with Purdue ACM

We loved talking to members of ACM at Purdue University and hearing all about life in West Lafayette, Indiana. We were truly inspired by some of the extremely talented people there!

David talks Michigan Hackers and Seelio

David talks to Purdue Students about the Hacking culture at the University of Michigan, specifically MPowered Entrepreneurship and Michigan Hackers.

Seelio and ACM

The night ended with free t-shirts and a group picture. Looks like Chelsea is one lucky girl!

After a harrowing drive and some great conversations, the group reached part two of their trip, the University of Illinois! There was certainly a lot to learn there.

Chelsea & Jerry setting up

Chelsea and Jerry setting up for the startup career fair at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The fair was put on by UIUC’s ACM Chapter to help introduce people in computer-oriented fields to startups like Seelio that may need their help!

University of Illinois Seelio Stickers

The setup included some sweet University of Illinois-themed Seelio stickers. Did you know that the University of Michigan is University of Illinois’ biggest rival? We were shocked too! Hopefully that doesn’t hurt the Ann Arbor based company!

Chelsea at startup pannel for seelio

Seelio Community Manager Chelsea explores the Startup Pannel at the ACM Reflections & Projections Conference. Looks like she learned a lot!

Moses in a Banana Suit

Seelio made a bet with the founders of online education startup Bloc, that if they could get a girl besides Sharon and Chelsea to try on the Banana suit, that Moses would wear one too. They were pretty excited about the result! Note, they’re also wearing Seelio stickers :)

Seelio and Other Men of Build

Apparently “Build” was a popular theme at the University of Illinois, ACM Reflections & Projections Career Fair. Check out Seelio’s Jerry with representatives from Addepar and Academia.edu reppin’ the theme.

UIUC Friends of Seelio

Seelio’s stop in Urbana-Champaign culminated with a trip to Flat Top Grill with some awesome UIUC Seelio users! Thanks for having us guys!

From left to right: Jerry Wang (Seelio Co-Founder, CDO), Raj Vir (Michigan Student), Chelsea Hunersen (Seelio Community Manager), Sanny Lin (UIUC Student), Sharon Chen (Seelio Designer), Moses Lee (Seelio Co-Founder, CEO), David Fontenot (Michigan Student) Aabhas Sharma (UIUC Student), Vignesh Vishwanathan (UIUC Student), Achal Varma (UIUC Student).

We certainly had a blast on this trip, and we hope you enjoyed seeing our pictures. If you want to check out more pictures of this fantastic trip, head over to our Facebook page. If you are an active user and want to participate in one of these Seelio trips, e-mail Chelsea and we will see how to get you involved.