Startup Weekend EDU San Francisco

    Friday, November 22, 2013

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Startup Weekend EDU San Francisco

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

San Francisco, CA

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Shauntel Poulson
General Partner, Reach Capital

Shauntel Poulson is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Reach Capital, a $53M leading education technology fund, where she invests in early stage technology startups focused on issues of access and opportunity in education. Prior to Reach, Shauntel was a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and invested in over 40 early stage K-12 edtech companies through the NewSchools Seed Fund. Shauntel was previously a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble for the global laundry business. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University

Karen Lien
Director @ Imagine K12

Karen Lien is a partner at Imagine K12, an edtech-focused startup incubator in Palo Alto, and has worked closely with over 50 startups whose products are now used by millions of students and teachers. Before joining the team at Imagine K12, Karen worked with top colleges across the country as the Director of College Relations at QuestBridge, a non-profit organization that connects talented low-income high school students with college admission and financial aid. Prior to QuestBridge, she taught high school chemistry. Karen has a B.S. in astronomy and physics from Yale University and an M.S. in astronomy from UCLA.

Daniel Yoo
Founder of Goalbook

Daniel Jhin Yoo is the founder of Goalbook and focused on empowering educators to personalize learning for the success of ALL students. Daniel spent five years as a special education teacher and coordinator at Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, CA. After completing the Kauffman Education Ventures program, Daniel joined the inaugural class of Imagine K12 in July 2011. He previously worked as a software developer at Oracle and Google. Daniel graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and received his general education and special education teaching credentials from Cal State East Bay.

Greg Klein
Director of Blended Learning at Rogers Family Foundation

Greg joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2012. He is on the ground, supporting principals, teachers and students at eight Oakland public schools as they make their transitions to blended classrooms. Prior to RFF, Greg helped launch Downtown College Prep's new Alum Rock campus, developing an innovative Learning Lab at the middle school level. While at DCP he managed large groups of students, let the computers do everything that they do well, and focused his attention on teaching. Greg began his career in education reform as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for seven years, including building his own mini-lab in his classroom as a first-year teacher. Self-proclaimed tech geek, Greg is dad to two adorable daughters and lives with wife Mariah in Oakland.

Silke Bradford
Director of Quality Diverse Providers at Oakland Unified School District

Coaches and Mentors

Manasa Yeturu
Good Fellow at Good Inc

Manasa Yeturu, is the inaugural GOOD Fellow and is spending one year, in three countries/organizations, focusing on the question she most gives a damn about “What are the best practices in entrepreneurship education and how (if at all) are they being targeted at girls?” She’s kicked off the Learn + Do Fellowship at BUILD, here in the Bay Area, before heading off to India, and South America. Prior to this adventure, she worked with the social innovation consultancy - GOOD/Corps - partnering with private and public sector leaders to design creative and effective social impact initiatives. She began her career as part of Teach For India’s startup team, and is driven by the belief that with technology, private/public/civic collaboration, and simply more people that give a damn that we can get to world where everyone, no matter their gender or income level, can have an equal access to education. If #ented, #girlsed or just plain adventures is your thing she writes for and can be found at @myeturu.

Greg Bybee
Director of Product @ NovoEd

Greg Bybee is an avid education technologist and current Director of Product at NovoEd, where he helps the team design, build, and market effective and engaging products for students and partners. He currently advises a number of edtech startups, and well as software vendors and investors looking to enter the education space. Before NovoEd, Greg was a Fellow with NewSchools Venture Fund and launched product management at Coursera.

Wayne Sutton
General Partner at

Brian Greenberg
CEO, Silicon Schools Fund

Brian is the CEO of the Silicon Schools Fund, a not-for-profit investment fund seeking to accelerate the next generation of blended learning schools in the Bay Area of California. He was formerly the Chief Academic Officer of Envision Schools, a Bay Area charter management organization, and the Principal and Founder of Leadership Public Schools Hayward, one of the top charter schools in the state of California. Brian has worked as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, in politics on statewide and national campaigns, in higher education at Carnegie Mellon University, and in the non-profit sector as the Vice President of Development for Isles, Inc. He has served as a mentor principal for New Leaders for New Schools and is a Stanford University Principal Fellow. Brian is the creator of, a site devoted to experimentation and technology in education. He graduated from Dartmouth College and competed his Masters in Education at Harvard University.

Marshall Buxton
Launch Director at 4.0 Schools

Marshall Buxton is the Launch Director at 4.0 Schools, where he guides early-stage entrepreneurs through the customer development process and prepares them to sell. Prior to 4.0 Schools, he worked with a number of EdTech startups as the Associate Director of Socratic Labs. He got his start in education teaching Psychology at the Brooklyn Free School and designing curriculum at NYU and General Assembly. Marshall holds a BA from NYU's Gallatin School, where he studied the development of humans and products. He relishes the opportunity to help companies discover paying customers, and ensure end user success by identifying assumptions and running experiments.

Aynne Valencia
Design Director / Product Strategy

Aynne Valencia is a design director & strategist possessing the unique skill set of consulting, design, advertising and product strategy. She specializes in new and next generation products work, R&D projects, planning, concepting, design and product strategy for new products and supporting services. Most recently Aynne was Associate Creative Director at R/GA San Francisco. Her past experience includes Microsoft as a Product Design Lead, AKQA as a Product Design Director and Design lead for the Cisco Consumer Products. She has crafted breakthrough, award-winning cross-platform experiences for clients such as Microsoft, University of Phoenix, McDonalds, SunTrust Bank, Visa, Wachovia and Nike. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on experience design topics and is one of the local leaders for the San Francisco chapter of the IxDA (Interaction Design Association).

Jim Gray
Learning Consultant / Entrepreneur

Jim Gray is a learning technology consultant, specializing in developmentally appropriate uses of digital media with children, families, preschools, and community settings such as museums and libraries. He has been a teacher of young children, researcher of innovative learning technologies, and Director of Learning at LeapFrog Enterprises. Academic credentials include a BA in Early Childhood Education, an advanced degree in Interactive Media Design, and a doctorate of Education from Harvard. He has been an advisor to PBS KIDS Next Generation Media and Stanford University's Program in Learning, Design, and Technology. As the father of twin preschoolers, he loves inventing toys and playful learning activities for his whole family.

James Lee
Partner, Schaffer&Combs

James is a partner at the management consulting firm Schaffer&Combs. A serial entrepreneur, James has built a multi-million dollar business and has served as a senior executive, board member, and consultant for innovative organizations (including KIPP, BizWorld, and Junior Statesmen foundations) over the last two decades since beginning his career at McKinsey & Company. A graduate of Princeton University, James is also a cofounder of Knowmia, an award-winning Y Combinator ed tech company.

Turadg Aleahmad
Learning Engineer

Turadg works in education at the intersection of research, design and business. With a background in cognitive and computer science, he worked 1998-2006 on web-based blended learning systems before they were cool. A strong proponent of open source, he wrote the php-mode for Emacs, even though he despises PHP. He later earned a PhD from CMU's Human Computer Interaction Institute and Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research. His dissertation explored and expanded HCI methods for discovering, designing, implementing and testing software for education that is effective, desired and scalable. For this, he built and evaluated two systems in Rails, one of which won at Startup Weekend EDU DC. He recently moved to San Francisco to join the Analytics team at Coursera.

Joan Young

Joan Young is an elementary teacher and K-12 academic coach with a keen interest in mobilizing technology to leverage student interests and address learning challenges. She is a contributing writer for EdSurge and a Teacher in Residence at ImagineK12. Joan blogs at and tweets as @flourishingkids. She is the author of 25 Super Sight Word Songs and Mini-books, published by Scholastic and is working on a short format Arias book for ASCD due out in June, 2014.

Cosmo Wolfe
Engineering Team Lead @ Clever

Cosmo Wolfe is an engineering lead at Clever, where he helps build the platform that powers edtech applications in almost half of US schools. As part of his role he is often working with and advising educational companies across all stages of growth. Before Clever, Cosmo worked as a software consultant in the Midwest, helping early stage startups get off the ground.

Kahlimah Priforce
Co-Founder at Qeyno Labs

Kalimah Priforce is Co-Founder at Qeyno Labs, a web and mobile game app that exposes kids to career pathways by working with local schools and partners to make "career day" an everyday experience for the millions of students in the United States that cannot afford private college and career guidance. Qeyno is launching the first hackathon for Black Male Achievement that will be held in Oakland in February 2014. The theme for this Startup Weekend mega-event is "Could an app have saved Trayvon Martin? Building a Silicon Valley that lives up to Dr. King's dream.” He is committed to empowering the minority-led startup tech community in the Bay Area. He is also Educator-In-Residence for the Oakland-based "Hidden Genius Project", a program that trains black male youth in entrepreneurial thinking, software development, and user experience design. Kalimah recently became an Echoing Green 2013 Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellow for his work as a social entrepreneur at the intersection of innovation and impact.

Laurie Burruss
Director of Education at

Laurie is currently a professor at Pasadena City College and a consultant in Education at where she serves and supports academic initiatives, academic support and solutions, and evangelizes all things education in higher ed. Prior to starting at, in July 2009, she served for 16 years as both a Professor in Interaction Design as well as the Director of the Pasadena City College Digital Media - serving the state of California as a regional resource for collaboration between education, industry, and the community. Her passion – digital storytelling.

Bhavin Parikh
CEO and Founder of Magoosh

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Organizing Team

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Vicky Guo
Director, Strategic Partnerships & Investments

Vicky is a Director of Strategic Partnerships & Investments at Pearson Education.  She works on Pearson's higher ed technology and distribution partnerships in North America and supports Pearson's direct investing activities.  Vicky was formerly a technology investor focused on growth-stage enterprise software, healthcare IT, and e-commerce companies. Before that, she worked at and was an investment banker.  

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