Robert J. HutterManaging Partner
Greg MauroManaging Partner
Luis PintoGlobal Operations Partner
Brook BisratDirector of Impact Operations
Paul StrangeCOO & General Counsel
Robert J. Hutter
/ Managing Partner
Robert J. Hutter is a Managing Partner at Learn Capital. He previously was a co-founder of Edusoft (acquired by Houghton-Mifflin), one of the most widely used assessment management platforms in U.S. public education. He is a patent holder in games-based adaptive learning and founded a tax credits partnership administered by the U.S. Treasury focusing on high-performance schools.
In addition to his background in education, Rob was a co-founder of Gazillion, a developer of massively multiplayer online videogames featuring Marvel Entertainment franchises, and was a co-founder of SmartDrive, a developer of life-saving solutions for fleet vehicle operators that was named to the Wall Street Journal Top 50 Venture-Backed Startup List. Earlier in his career, he worked at Fundamental Capital and was instrumental in the founding stages of Silicon Spice, which sold to Broadcom for $1.2B. He graduated from Harvard University.
/ Managing Partner
Greg Mauro is a Managing Partner at Learn Capital. Greg was a member of the inaugural foundation board at High Tech High schools in San Diego and is a co-founder of RCV, a facilities financing fund for high achieving schools. As an entrepreneur and investor, Greg has been on the founding team of five ventures that have received over $500M in venture capital.
Greg was founder and CEO of Nextivity, a breakthrough indoor coverage provider with customers including Vodafone and T-Mobile. Nextivity was the 2009 CONNECT Most Innovative Product Award winner and is a Fierce Wireless Top 15 company. He was also founder and President of SmartDrive, a provider of onboard vehicle risk management and a Wall Street Journal Top 50 Startup. Prior to SmartDrive, Greg was founding Vice President of Business Development at Entropic, where he authored the original business plan and led strategic investment efforts. Now public, Entropic (ENTR) includes Verizon, Time Warner, Comcast, and DIRECTV as investors and Entropic technology powers the in-home video networking for each.
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.
Jennifer Lee is a Principal at Learn Capital. She previously worked with for-profit impact investment funds in both domestic and emerging markets. She was an independent consultant for ImpactAssets, where she helped establish a platform for their donor-advised funds to invest in seed stage enterprises.
Jennifer’s additional experience includes serving as a Vice President and Relationship Manager for the Asia and Middle East (AME) region at Developing World Markets, an asset manager and investment bank dedicated to investing in inclusive financial institutions in emerging markets. At DWM, she led investments into 17 countries, helped conceive and execute the firm’s investment strategy for the AME region, conducted due diligence, and managed post-investment relationships. She started her career at Lehman Brothers as a strategist for the US Treasury, Treasury Futures, and Swaps markets and earned her BS in Chemistry and Management from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
/ Global Operations Partner
Luis Pinto is a Global Operations Partner at Learn Capital. He previously led internationalization efforts at Intel’s largest worldwide partner for K-12 Classmate PC Solutions (JP-IK’s Magellan). In five years the initiative reached more than 70 governments, generated business in 30 active countries, created a new channel partner network with 200+ members, impacted 10M+ students, and managed $300M+ yearly revenues. He was instrumental in driving sales and managing government relationships in the regional contexts of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Luis was previously a founder of a sustainable development management consulting firm, Sustinova. He also worked for nine years at Microsoft, where he was Director of OEM Sales and a Member of the Board for Microsoft Portugal. Luis holds an MsC from Cranfield University, is fluent in four languages, and has traveled to more than 60 countries.
Vinit Sukhija is an Associate 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 and entrepreneurship, including serving as 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.
/ 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.
/ 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.