LAUNCHedu Coaches & Advisory Board

SXSWedu greatly appreciates the hard work, diligence and support of the LAUNCHedu Coaches and Advisory Board. The continued participation and input from these individuals plays an instrumental role in the success of the event.

Event Coaches

LAUNCHedu coaches work closely with the finalists to assist them in preparation for their onstage presentations. Based on their vast experience in the education marketplace, these individuals are an essential part of the event.

James CarasJames Caras
Founder and General Manager, Sapling Learning

James Caras is an educational technologies entrepreneur with over 15 years of executive leadership experience in the digital learning marketplace. He has founded of two successful companies, Science Technologies and Sapling Learning. James leverages his expertise as a science educator and EdTech leader to bring to market highly effective and engaging learning solutions for the problem solving disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering, and economics. James holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.

Scott SageScott Sage
Partner, DFJ Esprit

Scott is based in the London office of DFJ Esprit, a Pan European VC firm with over $1b in assets under management. Scott invests into mobile, consumer internet and enterprise software companies. He currently works with Lyst, SportPursuit, Conversocial, Datahug, Bitbar and TrustPilot. Previously, Scott worked in research, marketing, business development and finance roles at Dashboard Ventures, UBS, BVCA and Smarkets. He is also an active business angel and advisor to startups in Europe and North America and co-founded City Meets Tech in London.

Susan Badger Susan Badger
Principal, Badger Consulting Group LLC

After serving as a senior executive for two of the largest educational publishing businesses in the world, Susan founded a consulting practice in 2011 which helps build strategies for growth, innovation and transformation in the K20 education space, with a particular focus on educational technology and disruptive offerings. She is also on the advisory board for several ed tech startups. Before launching her consulting business, Susan served for many years as the CEO for Thomson Higher Education, where she helped build, partner and acquire innovative programs and strategies to transform the business from a print-based publisher to a provider of personalized learning solutions.

Advisory Board Members

Deborah Quazzo
LAUNCHedu Advisory
Board Co-Chair

Founder + Managing Partner
GSV Advisors

Adam Dell
Venture Partner
Austin Ventures

Andrew Bender

Ben Barton

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet
CEO, Edxus Group
Co-Founder, EdTech Europe

Clyde Boyer
Trinity Education Group

Dan Carroll

David Brake
Founder & President

Deepak Sindwani
Bain Capital Ventures

Don Fraser
Founder & CEO
College Snapps

Drew Scheberle
Sr. Vice President, Education/Talent
Austin Chamber of Commerce

Eileen Murphy

Gary June
Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer
Pearson Education

George Tang
Chief Operating Officer
Educate Texas

Greg Ratliff
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jack Chorowsky
KIPP New York

James Cross
Director of Education
Media Core

Jay Goyal
Actively Learn

Jessie Woolley-Wilson
President & CEO
DreamBox Learning

John Katzman
Noodle Education

Kasey Brown
Founder & CEO

Michael Moe
LAUNCHedu Advisory
Board Co-Chair

GSV Advisors

Laurie Racine
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Margery Mayer
Scholastic Education

Mary Cullinane
Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Michael Crosno
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Moe
GSV Advisors

Michael Horn
Education Executive Director
Innosight Institute

Michael Staton
Entrepreneur in Residence
Learn Capital

Myron Pincomb
Founding Principal
The Pincomb Group

Robert J. Hutter
Managing Partner
Learn Capital

Scott Sage
DFJ Esprit

Sehreen NoorAli
EdTech Women

Sergio Monsalve
Norvest Venture Partners

Stephen Laster
Chief Digital Officer
McGraw-Hill Education

Susan Badger
Badger Consulting Group

Ted Dintersmith
Partner Emeritus
Charles River Ventures

Tim Brady
Managing Partner
Imagine K12

Tom Gilligan
Dean of the McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin

Tyler Bosmeny

Victor Karkar
Cofounder & CEO

William Clark
Managing Director
Aigner Clark