Redesigning Mentoring Through Technology
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Finding a mentor can be a difficult and challenging process, but a startup called Everwise believes it's figured out how to connect potential mentors and mentees through data analysis.
The tech firm analyzes an employee's profile, plugs that data into an algorithm and then pairs that worker with someone more senior, usually an executive at another company.
"We use data we collect on these people — like through LinkedIn — and we match them with their ideal mentor, like some popular dating sites do," CEO Mike Bergelson told New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi. He said workers matched with a professional guru found through his company could help employees advance their careers.
And according to Bergelson, having a mentor outside the office allows mentees to speak openly about their experiences and aspirations without fear of retribution.
Technology, however, is only one part of the equation that Everwise uses to foster mentorships.
The company also employs a team of so-called "relationship managers" that check in with both parties throughout the process, sort of like having a built-in matchmaker/therapist that the mentor or mentee can call at anytime.
"When something goes wrong, they are there to fix the problems," Bergelson said.