Leadership
Management
Advisors
Board
P.J. Gunsagar
Co-Founder & CEO
Dylan Arena, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Chief Learning Scientist
Icaro Vazquez
VP of Product
Ashraf Jahangeer
VP of Engineering
Minwoo Kim
President, Kidaptive Asia
Nilanshu Raja
SVP of Finance & Operations
Dan Schwartz
Dean of Stanford Graduate Sschool of Education
Professor Schwartz studies student understanding and representation and the ways that technology can facilitate learning. He works at the intersection of cognitive science, computer science, and education, examining cognition and instruction in individual, cross-cultural, and technological settings. A theme throughout Professor Schwartz's research is how people's facility for spatial thinking can inform and influence processes of learning, instruction, assessment and problem solving. He finds that new media make it possible to exploit spatial representations and activities in fundamentally new ways, offering an exciting complement to the verbal approaches that dominate educational research and practice. Professor Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in Human Cognition and Learning from Columbia University and has been teaching at Stanford since 2000.
Ed Haertel
Professor of Education, Emeritus at Stanford University
Professor Haertel is an expert in the area of educational assessment. His research and teaching focus on psychometrics and educational policy, especially test-based accountability and related policy uses of test data. His recent work has examined standard setting methods; limitations of value-added models for teacher and school accountability; impacts of testing on curriculum, students, and educational policy; test reliability; and generalizability theory. Professor Haertel earned his Ph.D. in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis at the University of Chicago and has been teaching at Stanford since 1980.
Mike Cassidy
Vice President & Project Leader of Project Loon at Google
Mike Cassidy is CEO of Apollo Fusion, a company working on revolutionary hybrid fusion power plants to serve safe, clean, and affordable electricity to everyone. Before Apollo Fusion, Mike worked at Google as Vice President and Project Leader of Project Loon and Director of Product Management at Google for Google's Search Engine. Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. Ruba helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc. and was acquired by Ask Jeeves for $500 million. Stylus Innovation's flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice. Artisoft acquired Stylus for $13M. Mike has a BS/MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He graduated from Harvard Business School. He studied jazz piano at Berklee College of Music. He has been an advisor to From the Top, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Endeavor.org, and numerous startup companies. He was selected for the DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award, nominated for a Webby award, and named a Forbes E-gang Trendsetter. His startup products have won PC Magazine's Top 100 Websites, Computer Telephony Product of the Year, CNET Editor's Choice, PC Magazine's Editor's Choice, and many other awards.
Emma Ludwick
Emma Ludwick is an early childhood educator and a child development specialist with over 10 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Following her graduation from Stanford University with a degree in Psychology, Emma began her teaching career at Bing Nursery School, Stanford University's Laboratory School for Child Development Research and Teaching. After four years of serving as a full-time teacher, Emma pursued a Masters of Education focused on Risk and Prevention in Childhood from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. During her time at Harvard, Emma also served as a school-based mental health counselor for 5- to 12-year-olds as part of Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnership's Program. Emma then returned to Bing Nursery School, dividing her time between teaching young children and instructing college courses in the Stanford Psychology Department. Emma has also served in several roles supporting Bing's teacher training and parent education programs. Emma is passionate about best practices for early childhood teaching, children's social and emotional health, parenting, and curriculum development and has presented on these topics at several conferences over the years, including NAEYC, CAEYC, and the Bing Institute.
Brian Koo
Brian Koo is a Founder and Managing Partner at Formation 8, leading its Asia business development strategy. He currently serves on the boards of AKAStudy, Illumio (observer), Kidaptive, and Learnsprout. He was previously a board observer for Oculus. Prior to Formation 8, Brian established InnovationHub, which helped LS Group—his family business—manage relationships and find investment opportunities in energy and technology sectors, specifically in the areas of smart grids, electric vehicles and next generation wireless technologies. Prior to InnovationHub, Brian co-founded and served as a managing partner of Harbor Pacific Capital, and advised a number of companies in the online education and media space before that. Brian began his entrepreneurial career with a start-up venture that involved a wireless technology and social networking service. Brian received a B.A. with honors in Economics from Stanford University, and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Songyee Yoon, Ph.D.
Dr. Yoon is the Chief Executive Officer of NCSOFT West, responsible for managing the organization and planning the company's globalization strategy. She has been instrumental in the launch of many of NCSOFT's titles in the US and Europe, and in moving the company toward new initiatives including the development of the mobile studio in San Mateo, and research into new technologies such as AI. Dr. Yoon is also President and Global Chief Strategy Officer of NCSOFT. A graduate of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Ph.D. recipient from MIT, Dr. Yoon started her career at McKinsey & Company. She held various roles including Vice President, Communication Intelligence at SK Telecom before joining NCSOFT in 2008. She has been recognized by various organizations for her leadership throughout the years including being named to "Top 50 Women in Business to Watch" by The Wall Street Journal in 2004.
DuBose Montgomery
DuBose was a founder of Menlo Ventures in 1976, and for the past 36 years has led many of Menlo's investments in the information technology sector. Some of his current investments and board seats include: Entone, freightquote, Kidaptive, NComputing, Talari, and sellpoints. His prior investments include: Asthmatx, acquired by Boston Scientific (BSX); EndoVascular Technologies, acquired by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ); Frame Technology Corporation, acquired by Adobe Systems (ADBE); Gilead Sciences (GILD); Infoseek Corporation, acquired by the Walt Disney Co. (DIS); LSI Logic Corporation (LSI); Valid Logic Systems, acquired by Cadence Design Systems (CDNS) and VNUS Medical Technologies (VNUS), acquired by Covidien (COV). DuBose is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Management Science) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration (M.B.A. with Distinction). He previously served as a trustee of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on the MIT Visiting Committees for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and for Sponsored Research. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Menlo School in Atherton, CA. DuBose founded Menlo Ventures when he was 27 years old. He grew up in a small rural town in South Carolina and somehow found his way to Boston to go to school at MIT and HBS. Prior to founding Menlo, he also did research at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ and so a recent favorite book of his is "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation." He is an inventor on two issued patents and has been published in the Proceedings of the IEEE. DuBose has created and founded four successful startups from their initial idea concepts, incorporating them and providing their only investment in their seed stage financing. These four have a subsequent combined market value now which exceeds $40 billion.
Vikrant Bhargava
Mr. Vikrant Bhargava serves as Managing Partner of Veddis Ventures. Mr. Bhargava founded the firm. Previously, till 2006 he served as the Group Marketing Director of PartyGaming Plc. Mr. Bhargava headed the marketing team during PartyPoker's explosive growth from a start-up site to one with revenues of almost a billion dollars in 2005. He left PartyGaming in early 2006 to set up Veddis Ventures. Mr. Bhargava served as a Group Marketing Director and Director at iGlobalMedia Entertainment Limited. His experience included positions as a Credit Officer at the Bank of America, responsible for managing credit exposure and revenue for a portfolio of corporate clients and a Business Analyst at British Gas in the business development division. He served as a non-executive Director at SocialGO PLC (formerly Bright Things plc) from January 2010 to February 2012. Mr. Bhargava attended Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1994) and Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (1996).
P.J. Gunsagar
PJ is an experienced technology and media entrepreneur. After stints as an investment banker at UBS and early stage investor at Intel Capital, he has worked in companies that he has founded. Prior to Kidaptive, he was Co-Founder & President of Prana Studios, a leading global studio producing content, animation, and visual effects for film, TV, and themed entertainment industries. Prana's filmography includes Tinker Bell, Transformers, TRON Legacy, and Disney's Planes. With the support of his cofounders and Board of Directors, PJ left Prana to start Kidaptive in order to focus his efforts on the advancement of children's education. Prana remains a significant investor in and strategic partner to Kidaptive. Prior to Prana, PJ cofounded Ettache, an online account aggregation company, acquired in 2001 by Adhesion Technologies. He's a graduate of UCLA and Stanford Law School. P.J. has two daughters, ages 12 and 10.
Our Investors
P.J. Gunsagar
Co-Founder & CEO
PJ is an experienced technology and media entrepreneur. After stints as an investment banker at UBS and early stage investor at Intel Capital, he has worked in companies that he has founded. Prior to Kidaptive, he was Co-Founder & President of Prana Studios, a leading global 3D animation and visual effects studio. Prana's filmography includes Transformers, TRON Legacy, TinkerBell, and Disney's Planes. With the support of Prana, PJ left to start Kidaptive in order to focus his efforts on the advancement of children's education. Prior to Prana, PJ cofounded Ettache, an online account aggregation company, acquired in 2001 by Adhesion Technologies. He's a graduate of UCLA and Stanford Law School. P.J. has two daughters, ages 12 and 10.
Dylan Arena, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Chief Learning Scientist
Dylan is a learning scientist with a background in cognitive science, philosophy, and statistics. He has studied, presented, and written extensively about game-based learning and next-generation assessment. Dylan started out as a software developer at Oracle, but after a few years he returned to graduate school at Stanford, where he spent several years as a MacArthur Emerging Scholar in Digital Media and Learning. Dylan has also been a Gordon Commission Science and Technology Fellow, a Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science and Engineering, a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow, a FrameWorks Fellow, and a United States Presidential Scholar. Dylan has earned a bachelor's degree in Symbolic Systems, a master's in Philosophy and a master's in Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design (in the program for Developmental and Psychological Sciences), all from Stanford University. Dylan has two sons, ages 9 and 5.
Icaro Vazquez
VP of Product
Icaro brings to Kidaptive over 15 years of Silicon Valley Product Management expertise in a variety of verticals: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobile, Consumer Internet and Networking. He has worked in over 7 startups and has cofounded 2. Prior to Kidaptive Icaro was Director of Product Management at Cloudera where he led the product strategy for Cloudera's core platform, the foundational pieces that make all the Hadoop components work efficiently.

Icaro holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MBA from Rice University. He has a daughter, age 12, and two sons, ages 14 and 10.
Ashraf Jahangeer
VP of Engineering
Ashraf is a seasoned technology leader with a rich background in technical product management and hands-on software development. He has held various senior technical and managerial positions on teams delivering and maintaining mission critical systems. He also has experience building and scaling engineering teams spanning onsite and offshore locations. Prior to Kidaptive, Ashraf worked in a variety of technology domains including e-commerce, SAAS, cloud-based solutions, high-performance services, and big data analytics. Ashraf has earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur (India), a master's degree in Computer Science from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MBA from University of California, Davis. Ashraf has two sons, ages 8 and 3.
Minwoo Kim
President, Kidaptive Asia
Before joining Kidaptive, Minwoo spent 10 years as a business development specialist in leading education companies in Korea. He was a BD manager at Woongjin Thinkbig, one of the largest education service providers in Korea, where he supported both traditional and digital-services-oriented business models. In his later years at Woongjin Thinkbig, Minwoo led various large education projects including Jeju international city master planning and English village projects with multiple local city governments. After Woongjin, he worked at Mathcloud Inc. and Chungdahm Learning, the No.1 local ELT player, to bring their digital learning services and platforms to China, Thailand, and Malaysia. Minwoo also has deep experience as a speaker for different education-related seminars. He has an MA of Business from aSSIST in Seoul, as well as EMBA from Aalto University. Minwoo has a son, age 4, and a daughter, age 1.
Nilanshu Raja
SVP of Finance & Operations
Nilanshu brings more than 15 years of global operations experience in cloud computing, online services, digital advertising, and conventional software. He has built and led high-performing cross-functional teams, structured complex M&A/JV transactions, and helped scale businesses from concept to revenues exceeding $1B. Before joining Kidaptive, Nilanshu served as the CFO/COO of AGC, an integrated infrastructure company. Prior to this, Nilanshu spent eight years at Microsoft in management roles across Windows, Server, Online Services, and Global Infrastructure divisions, helping establish Microsoft's development centers in India, China, Ireland, and Israel, as well as Microsoft Venture's incubation funds for China and India. Nilanshu holds an M.B.A. from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Economics from the Gujarat University, India. Nilanshu has two sons, ages 9 and 3.