As we were building ProMazo, we saw three trends emerging at workplaces across the globe:
Virtualization of Work
We have to admit, even we could not foresee how much this would come true
Companies would want to avoid fixed costs in a variable world
To solve future challenges companies needed diverse perspectives
At the same time students—our future scientists, designers, and developers—are working in school dining halls.
We asked ourselves what if we could build a bridge between these two groups?
19 million college students in the US
We realized if you could tap into this intellectual firepower, companies would be able to add some of the best software developers, machine learning experts, designers, and financiers to their teams.
Largest workforce since women joined after WW2
And most importantly it can scale. The university talent pool represents nearly 18 trillion hours of underutilized labor, easily making them one of the largest unrealized labor forces in the history of our country.
Solving two problems at once
We had discovered a win-win proposition. On one hand, companies could get the flexible, diverse, and on-demand talent they need. While students could pay for school, build their networks, and realize their full potential.
Tounleashthe human potential on campuses and create anentirely new typeof workforce
It All Started With a Drive
Brett, one of our founders, had to travel back and forth from Notre Dame to Chicago for work. On one of these drives, he wondered why did students always have to go to the companies? Why couldn’t the companies come to the students?
A Talent Pool Under Everyone’s Nose
The idea stayed with Brett when he returned to campus that day. Over time he realized university students had the exact skills companies were looking for, but were completely untapped.
Our Roots as a Student Club
ProMazo was founded as a student club & Brett convinced the university to give us space in an unused building on campus (complete with furniture leftover from the 80’s) as ProMazo’s 1st HQ.
Realized With Managers, Our Fellows Could Be a Force
Over the next several months, the leadership team honed the model. The last missing piece to ensure we could deliver high quality work was to install an experienced manager to oversee the student Fellows.
Fortune 500s Asked Us to Spin Out
Companies were so impressed with the model, they asked us to start our own firm. We decided that sounded a lot more fun than more winters at Notre Dame so we jumped in.
And the Rest Is History
500+ Fellows later, ProMazo has become a national leader in delivering flexible work teams on a remote basis, expanding to over 50 campuses across the country.