Makhani joins Handshake with intentions to accelerate technological innovation and expansion of the company’s product offering. As the number one site for college students to find jobs, Handshake includes 17 million students and young alumni hailing from more than 1,000 colleges and universities. 500,000 employers recruit from Handshake, which is active in all 50 sates.
"With a broad cross section of B2B and B2C product development experience to draw on, Asif has a rich background of building highly scalable platforms to help companies during intense growth periods," said Garrett Lord, co-founder and CEO of Handshake. "Asif's commitment to our mission, along with the mix of his entrepreneurial and technical leadership is exactly what we need to take the company to the next level."
Makhani recently served as Director and General Manager of Google Images, as well as Head of Engineering at LinkedIn Learning Solutions. He spearheaded the certain of LinkedIn’s search platform (Galene). He also spent 11 years with Amazon, where he ascended from Senior Software Design Engineer to Founder, Director, and General Manager of Amazon CloudSearch.
"Handshake has created a platform that has fundamentally transformed how companies recruit and hire early talent," said Makhani. "They've done this by creating a three sided marketplace with very strong value propositions for employers, institutions of higher education, and young professional job seekers alike. I am inspired by Handshake's mission to democratize opportunities for early talent, and I look forward to scaling the company's platform to further empower young people of all backgrounds to access and pursue meaningful careers."