The hard work, diligence and support of the LAUNCHedu Advisory Board members in bringing the future of the education industry to SXSWedu is greatly appreciated.
Deborah QuazzoLAUNCHedu Advisory Board Co-Chair
Founder + Managing Partner
Deborah is a 25-year investment banker and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009.
GSV Advisors is a merchant bank providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors, as well as making select investments on an individual basis in private companies including Altius, FiftyOne, Inc., HotChalk, Dreambox Learning, and Alltuition. GSV clients have included Collaborative Learning, Praml, Teachscape, rSmart and ePals (TSXV:SLN).
Presently, Deborah serves on the Board of Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW), an internet services company serving small- to medium-sized businesses globally. She is also a member of the Boards of Steppenwolf Theater Company; Teach for America Chicago; New Schools for Chicago Fund; Marwen, a visual arts education provider for underserved youth; NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Chicago; and KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Chicago. GSV Advisors also has a partnership with Arizona State University and the firm co-hosts an annual Education Innovation Summit at ASU Skysong. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.
LAUNCHedu Advisory Board Co-Chair
Michael is an advisor to GSV Advisors and founder of its sister companies GSV Asset Management and GSV Capital. He also publishes a suite of newsletters on the growth economy, including Edu Weekly which focuses on the education market.
Michael has been a leader in championing innovation in education for over twenty years. In 1996, he wrote The Dawn of the Age of Knowledge which accurately foresaw many of the key developments in the industry including online education, charter schools, and global learning.
Michael is well known and regarded as one of the world's preeminent authorities on growth investing. His insights are routinely solicited by everyone from CNBC to Barron's to Congress. Recognized as one of the best and brightest investors on Wall Street, his honors include Institutional Investor's "All American" research team, The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" award, and being named by Business Week as "one of the best stock pickers in the country."
He has also written extensively about investing in the emerging growth equity markets. His acclaimed 2006 book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group) details Michael's investment process and philosophy which he's refined over more than two decades in the investment community. A business best-seller, Finding the Next Starbucks has gone through three printings in five languages and been lauded for its insights into investing in premier emerging growth companies.
Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities.
Advisory Board Members
|Adam Dell|| Venture Partner
|Clyde Boyer|| Partner
Trinity Education Group
|Deepak Sindwani|| Principal
Bain Capital Ventures
|Drew Scheberle|| Senior Vice President, Education and Talent Development
Austin Chamber of Commerce
|Gary June|| Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer
|George Tang|| Chief Operating Officer
|Greg Ratliff|| Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
|Jack Chorowsky|| Chief Operating Officer
KIPP New York
|Jeff Shelstad|| Chief Executive Officer
|Jennifer Carolan||Director, Seed Fund
New Schools Venture Fund
|John Katzman||Executive Director
|John Mullen|| Vice President & General Manager, Education, State & Local Government
|Laurie Racine||Co-Founder & Managing Director
|Mary Cullinane||Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
|Michael Crosno||Chief Executive Officer
|Michael Horn||Education Executive Director
|Robert J. Hutter||Managing Partner
Norvest Venture Partners
|Stephen Laster||Chief Digital Officer
Badger Consulting Group
|Tom Gilligan|| Dean of the McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin
|William Clark||Managing Director