Join us for the Technapex EduTech Mixer & Panel on March 28th

Join us on March 28th from 6pm – 8pm at Roe (651 Howard Street, San Francisco) for the Technapex EduTech Mixer & Panel:  Digital Content and Changing the Way Students Learn.

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We’re bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and forward-thinkers to discuss innovations in the education tech space.

We’ll kick off with networking, drinks and appetizers followed by a panel on  how content in the classroom and the way students learn is changing. In a talk moderated by Josh Constine from TechCrunch, panelists will look at the benefits of new technology and collaborative learning for students, as well as the limitations, and trends for where the industry is headed in 2012.

Doors open at 6pm and the panel begins at 6:30pm. The panel will be followed by another half hour of networking. Beverages and food included!

Moderated by:

Josh Constine, Writer at TechCrunch

Panelists include:

Alison Johnston, Cofounder and President of InstaEDU

Farb Nivi, Founder and Chief Product Officer of Grockit

Pooja Sankar, Founder and CEO of Piazza

Rachel Thomas, Founder of Subtext

*Here’s a bit of background info on the stellar panelists and moderator that will be leading the conversation:

Josh Constine, Writer at TechCrunch

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a writer for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, the Ads API, Page management, ecommerce, virtual currency, and music technology.

Prior to writing for Inside Facebook, Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes. He became fascinated with social networking theory after joining Facebook as a freshman a month after the service first launched.

Josh Constine has spoken at the South by Southwest Interactive conference, and has been quoted by TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, MSNBC, ReadWriteWeb, and more.

Alison Johnston, CEO and Cofounder of InstaEDU 

Alison Johnston

Alison is the CEO and cofounder of InstaEDU, an online marketplace for live, on-demand study help. Prior to InstaEDU, she was an early team member at Aardvark, Box and Nextdoor and was on the Google+ marketing team. She has a BA in Communication (Human Computer Interaction) from Stanford. You can follow her on Twitter at @ajalison.

Farb Nivi, Founder and Chief Product Officer of Grockit

Farb Nivi


Farb is the Founder and Chief Product Officer of Grockit, a San Francisco-based social learning company focused on collaborative learning. His passions are social learning practices, and developing lean, sustainable and scalable technology business practices.He has been an entrepreneur and teacher since he was in his teens. The first company he started is Michigan-based Vision Computer Solutions which he ran from 1995-1998.  He then joined The Princeton Review where he was a teacher, a trainer and wrote curriculum and pedagogy. In 2001, Farb was honored with The Princeton Review’s National Teacher of the Year Award. Just prior to founding Grockit, Farb was a center manager, master teacher and academic director for Kaplan. His favorite teacher was his 8th grade teacher Mr. Rodriguez.

Pooja Sankar, Founder and CEO of Piazza

Pooja Sankar

Pooja (Nath) Sankar is the founder and CEO of Piazza, a social learning platform for students and teachers that is now used by hundreds of thousands worldwide. She has worked at Oracle, Kosmix, and Facebook, and has degrees from IIT, the University of Maryland, and Stanford. The genesis for Piazza and Sankar’s passion for social learning came from her experience as one of a handful of women in the computer science program at IIT in the late 1990s. Sankar started Piazza while studying for her MBA at Stanford, where she failed a class in entrepreneurship because she was too busy running the business.

Rachel Thomas, Founder of Subtext

Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas heads up marketing and strategic partnerships for Subtext, the digital reading company that she cofounded in 2010. In tandem with her business-side responsibilities, Rachel shapes the company’s product strategy and oversees content and community development. Before joining Subtext, Rachel served as VP of marketing for social gaming giant Playdom, now the cornerstone of Disney’s Interactive Media Group. In addition, Rachel has led large-scale positioning and marketing initiatives for a number of well-known technology companies. Fun fact: Her naming credits include Playdom, Kabam, MiFi and Subtext.

  • Lisa


    I’m wondering if this panel will focus on certain grade levels. I recently launched an educational app for PreK-Kindergarteners, so I’m wondering if this discussion will be relevant for me.


  • mgerth

    Hi Lisa,

    Most of the panelists work on startups geared toward students in high school or higher ed. However, the panel discussion will look at topics that may still be of interest and relevant for you. For example, panelists will discuss how to measure effectiveness and whether your product is helping students learn, examine complexities of building and delivering a product or service in the edtech space, discuss challenges of reaching out to teachers and schools, share tips for marketing an edtech product, talk about how to launch and scale, and analyze why education startups don’t succeed.

    Hope you can join us!


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