Announcing the Next Technapex Event: EdTech Investor Panel on May 23rd

We’re thrilled to announce the lineup of our next Technapex event! We’re bringing together investors from NewSchools Venture Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Impact at Scale and Learn Capital for a panel discussion on the growing number of investments in edtech startups.

Join us at Roe in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 23rd from 7pm – 9pm. This is your chance to meet and mingle with investors, entrepreneurs, press, teachers, and forward-thinkers in the edtech scene. We’ll have drinks and appetizers followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Liz Gannes from AllThingsD.

Due to the unbelievably high turnout at our Technapex event last month, we’re capping ticket sales at 100 so get ‘em while you can at http://technapex-edtech-investor-panel.eventbrite.com/.

You can learrn more about the awesome panel lineup below, which includes Cook Wylly, Investor at NewSchools Venture Fund; Ethan Kurzweil, Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners; Tabreez Verjee, Founding Partner at Impact at Scale; and Nathaniel Whittemore,  Principal with Learn Capital. They will discuss the rise of investments in edtech, why investors are interested in this space, the complexities of doing business in edtech, and what types of innovations investors are looking for next. 

Cook Wylly, Investor at NewSchools Venture Fund

Cook Wylly is an Analyst in the NewSchools Venture Fund’s Oakland office, where he focuses on sourcing and executing investments for the organization’s Seed and Innovation Funds, as well as providing management assistance to its portfolio ventures.Prior to joining NewSchools, Cook was a Volunteer Consultant with TechnoServe, a leading development consulting firm, where he helped implement a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded dairy development initiative across Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.  Prior to TechnoServe, Cook was a Senior Associate with Thoma Bravo, a technology-focused private equity firm, where he sourced and executed investments in enterprise software.  While at Thoma Bravo, Cook helped lead the take-private of PLATO Learning, the firm’s first investment in education technology, and worked closely with PLATO’s management team to develop and carry out its subsequent acquisition strategy.  Cook started his career in Greenhill & Co.’s mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring group in New York where he helped advise clients in the retail, industrial and natural resources sectors on a wide range of transactions.  Cook volunteers as a tutor at KIPP Bay Area Schools.Cook graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce.

Ethan Kurzweil, Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners

Ethan Kurzweil, a vice president in the Menlo Park, Calif. office, joined Bessemer in 2008. He focuses on consumer-Internet, Internet-services, mobile and Web-technology investments.

Ethan managed and is closely involved with Bessemer’s investments in Playdom (acquired by Disney), Zoosk, CrowdFlower, Reputation.com, adap.tv, Twilio, Skybox Imaging, Mailrank and SendGrid. He serves as a board observer for those companies as well as Lifelock, Smule, Truaxis (formerly Billshrink), Delivery Agent, MashLogic and Nominum.  He is currently on the board of directors of CrowdFlower, SweetLabs and Mailrank, an internal BVP incubation.

Prior to joining Bessemer, Ethan worked at Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, on new-customer acquisition and user retention. Previously, he held a series of positions at Dow Jones & Co., culminating in his work for the CEO identifying and launching new business ventures.  He also managed the turnaround of the international editions of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones’ acquisition of full ownership in Factiva.  While an undergraduate at Stanford, Ethan co-founded S-S-B Technologies (now SSB-Bart Group), a provider of software and services that make the Web accessible to users with disabilities, and served as founding director of business development.

Ethan earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He serves on the Bay Area advisory board for New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring high academic achievement for every student through improved school leadership. Follow Ethan on Twitter at @ethankurz.

Tabreez Verjee, Founding Partner at Impact at Scale

Tabreez Verjee is three time entrepreneur and VC who is now pursuing his passion of investing in and supporting mission driven technology entrepreneurs impacting the world for the better through their businesses.  Some of his angel investments include ClassDojo, Purpose.com, Tap to Learn, Educreations, Lumoback, Genomera, Evr.st, Novica, Blissmo, Ecomom, and Amicus.

Tabreez is an early seed funder and member of the board of directors at Kiva.org, the world’s first crowdsourced lending platform dedicated to connecting people for the purpose of alleviating poverty.

Tabreez’s started his first company at 21,where he co-founded and served as Managing Director of Global Entertainment Capital, which raised $150 million for innovative media financings and completed deals like the first ever stand alone investment grade bond securitization of music royalties for heavy metal band Iron Maiden.  He then moved over to the technology and internet space where he co-headed Sonique, maker of some of the first and most popular internet music software that became the 5th most downloaded application on the Internet in 1999 and was sold for over $70 million.  After Sonique, Tabreez co-founded Global Asset Capital, which started as an angel investment fund and grew into a venture capital firm where he directed more than $500 million in committed assets across multiple venture capital funds and over 40 portfolio companies in the U.S. and Europe.

Tabreez began his career at Bain & Company and received a bachelor of science in Environmental Engineering with honors from University of California at Berkeley.

Nathaniel Whittemore, Principal with Learn Capital

Nathaniel Whittemore is a Principal with Learn Capital. Nathaniel was previously the founder of the Center for Global Engagement, a multi-disciplinary center at Northwestern University that designs programs for students interested in global development, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. The CGE currently runs programs in Uganda, India, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and South Africa, and it’s approach to experiential global education has been held up as a model by institutions such as the Clinton Global Initiative University program. Nathaniel writes regularly about education, business and social innovation for publications including GOOD, Inc, and Fast Company. He was the founding editor of the Social Entrepreneurship portal on Change.org, which he grew from launch to the most read website about the topic. He serves as an advisor and evangelist for a number of nonprofits and startups, including Assetmap – a platform for accelerating professional serendipity – which he co-founded. He graduated Cum Laude with honors in History from Northwestern University.