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Paragon One

Turning real company work into flexible online classrooms for students

Paragon One turns company work projects into scalable online learning experiences called Remote Externships. For students, remote externships are more flexible alternatives to internships through a remote work environment. For companies like Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, Zillow, venture capital firms, consulting firms, and more, remote externships are early talent identification and training programs that can reach overlooked and underserved student populations. Paragon One also powers experiential learning for institutions such as Case Western Reserve, Colorado College, Dulwich College International, Swarthmore, Shorelight Education, and The Opportunity Network. Our platform is designed to onboard companies quickly while providing access to numerous project workflows in areas such as product, strategy, marketing, business development, finance, and data analytics. Students learn from companies while receiving support from teaching assistants and collaborating with other students on solutions to problems. We save companies 7 figures and thousands of manager hours per year compared to running similar student programs in-house by limited the time companies invest to one manager hour per week and limiting the need for HR time. Paragon One was founded by MIT alums and backed by YCombinator, Foundation Capital, University Ventures, Learn Capital, and Jason Calacanis.

Paragon One
Founded2016
Team Size9
LocationNew York

Byron Hsu, President, CTO

Byron is the Co-Founder & CTO of Paragon One, which is connecting students with companies for real remote work opportunities. Byron previously founded, built the technology, and exited two e-commerce companies. Byron obtained his Masters as well as Bachelors in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT.

Byron Hsu
Paragon One

Matt Wilkerson, CEO

Matt is the co-founder & CEO of Paragon One. Matt co-founded AHAlife.com, an e-commerce portal for high-end artisans & designers, where he was CFO and head of business development. At AHAlife, Matt oversaw strategic partnerships, financial operations, and fundraising for Series A & B rounds. Matt started his career at Morgan Stanley in investment banking and Technology Crossover Ventures in venture capital. Matt holds degrees in Computer Science & Engineering and Management Science from MIT

Matt Wilkerson
Paragon One