Advisory Board

Dr. Barbara Kurshan

Executive Director, Academic Innovation

Dr. Barbara (Bobbi) Kurshan is a leader in the fields of education technology, entrepreneurship and investment in education. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Academic Innovation and a Senior Fellow in Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, chairs EDSi (Education Design Studio) and oversees the Masters in Education Entrepreneurship program.

Heather Gilchrist

Managing Director, RAK Tech Fund

Founding member at Grockit, the world’s first massive multiplayer online learning game; Visionary Mentor and advisor to many start-ups in the Tech area.

Govi Rao

CEO, Noveda Technologies

Chairman & CEO at Lighting Science Group; VP/GM at Philips Solid State Lighting; Partner at Sustainable Century Merchant Bank; On Advisory board at Rutgers Depart of Chemistry and Biology.

Jim Connor

Board member, Sand Hills Angels & Angel Capital Association

Founder and CEO of First Focus Learning centers in California. Board Director of the Sand Hill Angels as well as the Angel Capital Association. Founded SymPro which was later acquired by JP Morgan. Serves on several advisory boards, is an active angel investor and serves as the Program Chair of the (SVASE) Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, CXO Forum.

Ramona Pierson

CEO, Pierson Labs

Fellow, America’s Digital Promise initiative; Chief Sceintific Officer at Promethean; Founder & CEO at Synaptic Mash (acquired by Promethean); Founder Learning without Borders (L3RN Foundation) ; Accomplished Neuroscientist.

Jon Bischke

Founder & President RG Labs

Founder,; EIR at Battery Ventures. Founded and sold The Network to Penton Media, an NYSE-listed firm, in 2001. Founded and sold 3 other companies. Runs Hacking Education organization to spur entrepreneurship in Education.