Our Mission

Imagine a world where everyone is doing work they love. We do. But for too many people, work is just work. And we want to change that. We’re on a mission to spread a more natural way of professional connecting. That way, everyone can tap the power of their networks to move their careers ahead. It’s a part of our quest to expand human kindness.And every year we give our resources to those who need extra help, like students who are first in their family to attend college.   That’s what connecting should be: Helping everyone do work that matters.

Our Work

We’re changing networking experience for a new generation of job-seekers who cringe at the thought of crowded rooms and elevator pitches.

Because trust us – we do, too.

Apple is our fruit-bowl buddy. Once upon a time, technology was clunky – no one wanted to use it. Apple, circa 2007, changed that. Now, MANGO is striving to do the same thing to make networking more people-friendly.

We’ve stripped away the awkward, phony, and confusing practices. And show you the ones that help you connect one-on-one and build real relationships that move your career forward. This kind of connecting is what we do naturally in every other part of our lives. And it’s what we know works professionally, too.


Our Team

We’re not like most startups. MANGO isn’t being made by a few techies in an incubator. It’s an ongoing team effort by people from all over who show up to share their expertise with us. Often voluntarily.  We invite you to join us

Write yourself into the MANGO story. Because we’re not done yet.

We are a community of doers and dreamers. We share a desire to contribute our talents toward expanding opportunities for all. And each of us, in big ways and small details, proudly leaves our mark on the making of MANGO. Because it matters.

Our Founder

Sue Wollan Fan is the Founder & CEO of MANGO Connects. She is passionate about doing work that matters and helping others do the same. She’s coached talented people throughout her career as a corporate executive at Accenture and Best Buy, a nonprofit leader, a tech entrepreneur, and a mom of three daughters.An early nerd, Sue has an undergraduate degree in computer science and business, and a master’s in public affairs focused on advancing social equity. Her book “Stop Networking. Start Connecting.” is due out in 2018. She is among the most optimistic people you’ll meet.
Sue Wollan Fan, Founder and CEO of MANGO Connects


Featured Team Members

Hillary Patin


Hillary brings the perfect blend of artistry and analytics to helping all you rising professionals find exactly what you need from MANGO.

Claudia Telles


Claudia is fearless – a true trailblazer in charting her own shining career and coaching others do the same. She’ll make your dreams seem possible.

Antnan Mpekir


Antnan creates our web experience with an eye on every detail to bring you MANGO that’s both friendly and  functional.

Andrew Bryant


Andrew is a data analyst and writer based in Santiago, Chile. Through his work he enjoys helping others lead more fulfilling lives.

Nastia Shaternik


Nastia is not only the brightest, most dedicated technologist you’ll meet, she’s also the happiest. She makes MANGO work.

Roman Kenda


Roman is our rock-star developer. He bakes goodness into every piece of MANGO code. And it’s all for you.





Names matter – We chose one that feels happy, real, and slightly quirky, like we are. Something tied to branching out and growing. Something that reflects the abundant, warm, and organic nature of connecting.

MANGO felt right.

There’s a Sri Lankan saying: “mango friends”.
It refers to people who are particularly generous and supportive of one another. The term came into being when a group of children spied a single ripe mango dangling from a tree. The tightly-knit group insisted on sharing the single fruit, so that none would go without.

At MANGO, we turn contacts into relationships.
And maybe a few mango friends.


Our Story

Sue Wollan Fan started MANGO in 2015 with a simple idea – that everyone deserves a chance to do work that matters.  And the simple truth –  that no one does it alone.

Careers are built through the kindness of others – through the useful advice, the opportunities, and referrals we give to one another. This was Sue’s experience and is even more true in today’s referral job market.

With LinkedIn, nearly everyone now has access to a large network of people, something that used to be restricted to only the privileged few. That is a big breakthrough for expanding opportunity for all. But Sue could see something was still missing.

With her own daughters starting work, Sue found herself coaching a whole new generation of job seekers. Despite their vast LinkedIn networks, Sue heard the same story from nearly every millennial she talked to: They were struggling to get jobs they loved. They felt stuck, unsure of their options, or what their next move should be. In every case, they were going it alone, while their network sat idle.

That’s when it hit her.  We no longer have a network
We have a networking one.
She decided to solve that.

As parents often do, Sue tested her solution on her daughter, Kasey’s job search….and failed miserably. She learned quickly that the old networking techniques didn’t work for a new generation or a changed job market. But through Kasey’s experience, Sue discovered what did work.

How did Kasey find a great job in a new city? She did it by reaching out for conversations with some recent graduates – friends-of-friends — living there. They gave her referrals to job opportunities she didn’t know existed. They gave her practical advice and details on the hiring process that none of Sue’s senior contacts could have.

No schmoozing. No intimidating conversations with people with big titles. No cookie-cutter emails or wasted time.

Kasey had done it a different way –
a way we now recognize as connecting.

That first experience generated the seeds for what MANGO is today: The best connecting tools for advancing your career. Since then, lots of people have joined Sue and the MANGO mission. Together, we’re making tools that give everyone a chance to connect and find work they love.