Rob HutterManaging Partner
Greg MauroManaging Partner
Paul StrangeGeneral Counsel
Tom Vander ArkCEO, Getting Smart
Stephen M. KosslynFounding Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Minerva Schools
Eric HanushekCourtesy Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Jennifer LeeVenture Advisor
Maia SharpleyVenture Advisor
/ 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.
/ 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.
Vinit Sukhija is a Partner 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.
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.
Brook Bisrat is a Partner 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.
Susan Wang is a Principal at Learn Capital, where she is responsible for sourcing, researching, evaluating, and supporting early stage companies changing the ways we learn and work. Prior to joining Learn, Susan was a Senior Manager on the Strategy & Ventures team of Sesame Workshop, the creator of Sesame Street and other children’s educational programming. There, she worked on growth and strategic planning projects, and helped manage Sesame Ventures, the venture arm of the company that invests in mission-aligned early stage kids-oriented startups.
/ General Counsel
Paul Strange is the 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.