Team

Advisors

  • Tom Vander Ark
    CEO, Getting Smart
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  • Stephen M. Kosslyn
    Founding Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Minerva Schools
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  • Eric Hanushek
    Courtesy Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
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  • Jennifer Lee
    Venture Advisor
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  • Ravi Kokku
    AI Advisor
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Fellows

Learn Capital’s Fellows program engages talented professionals in an immersive tour of duty of education technology and venture capital.
  • Pre-2015
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  •   Jialu Chen Analyst
      Jesse Chiang Fellow
      Ryan Corley Undergraduate Fellow
      John Gerlach Undergraduate Fellow
      Jacob Samuelson Senior Fellow
  •   Alexandra Sukin Undergraduate Fellow
      Guilherme Nazareth de Souza Undergraduate Fellow
      Elaine Dang MBA Fellow
      Brook Bisrat Senior Fellow
  •   James Leo Senior Fellow
      Erica Crouser Undergraduate Fellow
      Kyle Schiller Undergraduate Fellow
      Vinit Sukhija Senior Fellow
      Megan Pierce Undergraduate Fellow
      Marissa Lowman Senior Fellow
      Sharon Li MBA Fellow
  •   Jingwen Tao Senior Fellow
      Connie Liu Fellow
      Urmila Janardan Undergraduate Fellow
      Louise Baldwin MBA Fellow
  •   Daniel Bingyou MBA Fellow
      Manasi Shah MBA Fellow
      David Ongchoco Undergraduate Fellow
      Siya Raj Purohit Fellow

Rob Hutter

/ Managing Partner

 

Rob Hutter is the Founder & Managing Partner at Learn Capital. He oversees the investing
practice of the firm, which spans seed, early stage and emerging growth companies dedicated
to the transformation of learning and the improvement of individual and societal capacities at
scale. He currently serves on the board or as board observer for a number of Learn Capital companies
including Coursera, Photomath, Smashcut, Brilliant, Andela, and several other breakthrough
firms. He is also Chairman of the VIPKID Education Research Institute. In addition to his work with
edtech companies, he is a participant in two academic neuroscience organizations.

Previously, Rob was a Partner at Revolution Ventures, an early stage venture investment
firm and affiliate of Founders Fund. He was additionally co-founder and president of Swarm Networks, a
massively scalable storage company purchased by Intel. He was also involved in the founding
stages of transportation intelligence leader SmartDrive Systems and the chipmaker Silicon
Spice, which was purchased by Broadcom. In addition, he co-founded two companies in online
games and also co-founded Edusoft, a K-12 assessment management platform purchased
by Houghton-Mifflin in 2003. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

Greg Mauro

/ Managing Partner

 

Greg Mauro is the Founder and Managing Partner at Learn Capital, having previously managed an affiliate of Founders Fund. He served on the inaugural foundation board for High Tech High for eight years, and during that tenure launched a U.S. Treasury-backed New Markets fund focused on education facilities for high performing high schools.  He has also co-founded four venture-backed startups used by millions across the education, wireless, and media sectors, including Edmodo, which is used by over 80 million teachers and students worldwide.

Greg is the co-founder of Nextivity, SmartDrive, and Tachyon, which have collectively received $350M in venture capital. Prior to these ventures, he joined four engineers to launch Entropic, which created the MoCA home networking standard before going public. He started his career as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group and is a graduate of UCLA’s College of Honors. An avid skier and surfer, Greg has visited over 100 countries. He is the Chairman and co-owner of Powder Mountain, the largest ski area in the United States, and is also Chairman of the Summit Institute.

Maia Sharpley

/ Partner

 

Maia Sharpley is a Partner at Learn Capital. She brings a strategy and operational background to the firm, with over 15 years of experience working as an education executive in private and public sector organizations. She has a proven track record of conceptualizing, developing, and scaling education services in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. She has also been highly active in the edtech startup arena, overseeing early stage company advisory programs and launching several key businesses in the education vertical from zero stage.

Previous to Learn, Maia was the executive vice president of innovation and strategic initiatives for Charter Schools USA, where she was responsible for developing innovative edtech solutions and new capabilities within the organization. Before that as vice president for strategy and innovation with Kaplan, Inc., she led a broad range of programs and businesses, including managing the company’s edtech portfolio and administering the relationship with the TechStars-Kaplan edtech startup accelerator in New York City. Prior to Kaplan, she served as executive director of operations for the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the U.S., where she worked directly for the Chancellor. She was a management consultant prior to her career in education. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She is fluent in several languages and is a U.S. patent holder.

Michael Staton

/ Partner

 

Michael Staton is a Partner at Learn Capital, where he has helped lead investments into Coursera, Minerva, and Brilliant. He previously founded and was CEO of Uversity, the pioneer of social enrollment management technology in higher education. For Uversity, he secured the first venture investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. programs into a private company.

Because of his years as a public school teacher and intuitive understanding of K-12 education, Michael served as a Venture Partner and Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s Seed Fund, now Reach Capital. Outside of investing, he has held early roles at, befriended, and advised many education technology companies, including Dev Bootcamp and Goalbook. He was declared a top 100 innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he currently serves on the advisory board of SxSWedu and the Higher Education Working Group of the American Enterprise Institute.

Vinit Sukhija

/ Principal

 

Vinit Sukhija is a Principal at Learn Capital. He previously led Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative, where he supported and invested in over 200 early-stage education entrepreneurs, launched Teach For America’s first social entrepreneurship conference in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and was named to Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 in Education.

Vinit boasts a diverse range of experiences at the intersection of education, technology, and entrepreneurship, including serving as a Senior Product Manager at Amazon, an Investments Fellow at The Chicago Public Education Fund, a strategy consultant for the Charter School Growth Fund, a judge and coach for numerous Startup Weekend EDU events and business plan competitions, an advisory board member for two education non-profits, and a high school mathematics teacher in the South Central and South Gate communities of Los Angeles. He graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley and earned his MBA from MIT Sloan.

Brook Bisrat

/ Director of Impact Operations

 

Brook Bisrat is a Director of Impact Operations at Learn Capital. He previously worked as a Macro and Commodities Derivatives Assistant at Infinium Capital Management. During his tenure, he helped found the Macro Team, taught new and established traders technical analysis, and managed portfolios comprised of energy, grain, and soft commodities. Also during his tenure, Infinium had its largest trading revenues in history, producing $200M in profit in 2008.

Brook also spent time as a Macro Futures Trader and Global Derivatives Technical Analyst at Yellowstone Capital Management and Raven Traders. While there, he established Macro Groups for both organizations and worked closely with multiple portfolio managers, focusing mainly on forecasting models for emerging trends and hedging strategies for internal portfolios. Most recently, he worked on the Sales Operations team at Oscar Health Insurance and Kindred.

Paul Strange

/ COO & General Counsel

 

Paul Strange is the COO & General Counsel at Learn Capital. He previously served as the General Counsel for Gazillion Entertainment, a developer of massively multiplayer online videogames, where he was responsible for all legal matters of the company including financing, domestic regulatory and privacy compliance, international regulatory compliance, inbound and outbound licensing, and contract compliance.

Prior to joining Gazillion, Paul founded and operated The Strange Law Firm, which provided a broad range of services to clients including AT&T and Greyhound. He started his professional career with the preeminent trial lawyers of Thorsnes, Bartolotta and McGuire in San Diego. He has also served as a board member and President of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District – one of the largest school districts in California with 56+ school sites, a budget of approximately $285M, and 30K+ K-12 students.