Future of Work
Early Stage


Modernize your early-career engagement strategy


Ben Siegel, CEO

Evan Deere, CTO

Parker Pell, CGO


Denver, CO






Bonfire Lead

Scholars is building the first early-career candidate experience platform from the candidate's POV. Companies use Scholars to provide each candidate and new-hire with a personalized dashboard to receive relevant content and get connected with new teammates and mentors.

Why solve this problem?

A few years ago, my co-founders and I all had internships of our own. While we all worked for separate companies, we shared the same experience. From the time we accepted our offers, until the day we joined in the summer, we barely heard anything from the companies we were joining. This left us feeling unprepared for our first day and questioning if we still had our jobs. We started Abode so that there is no longer an excuse for companies to provide experiences like this to candidates and new hires.

Hardest thing about being a founder?

The hardest thing for me is how much I have to context switch throughout the day. From sales, to product, to fundraising, to HR, back to sales – it can be exhausting. However, it’s also why I love what I do.

Biggest piece of advice for aspiring founders?

This is the best advice I got when my co-founders and I started our first company and I pass it on as much as I can. Be a cockroach. Cockroaches don’t die easily; they’re flexible, they’re resilient and they do whatever it takes to stay alive. That’s how you have to think about your company. Being a founder is one of the most stressful things you can go through, but the longer you stay alive the more knowledge you gain and the more likely you are to achieve your goals.

Most exciting moment so far?

Signing a Fortune 25 company as a customer.

Why did you choose Bonfire?

As first-time founders, our goal in raising this round was to surround ourselves with people who already have been through everything that we’re going to experience – both as investors and operators. Not only that, but we wanted a group of investors that would voice their opinions and keep us honest when we may be headed down the wrong path. The Bonfire team brings all of the above to the table.

Favorite book, useful tool or app?

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss. Taught me everything I know about how to sell.