It all started...

As many stories do, with a D+ in thermodynamics. Alright, maybe just this one. Penji cofounder Ben Holmquist looked around for help but found nothin’. The scene was UC Davis, 2015 - shouldn’t there be someone to sit down with? What about older students?

Cofounder Ricardo Matsui, on the other hand, was a computer science whiz kid with a penchant for helping classmates. Both Ricardo and Ben saw huge potential in a simple fact:

Students teach each other incredibly quickly.

Penji set out an a mission to hire and train top students as peer tutors, and to offer them to campus through an efficient and fun experience. What we've realized, however, is the universities are already doing an amazing job on the hiring and training part, but their efforts can be turbocharged with the right technology.


So, today, Penji is 100% focused on helping campus tutoring centers deliver an amazing experience for students. If you're a student at a Penji campus, give your tutoring center another shot - we think you'll discover a resource, and people, that will set your career on a new trajectory. 

What's with the Penguin?

First off, his name is Penji and he likes to be addressed directly.

Second, penguins take care of each other. He's come all the way from the antarctic to teach us humans how to do the same.

Thanks, Penji.