Learn Capital Trek

by Haas Education Club


Fri, 24 Feb 2017

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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20 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401, United States

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Check out Learn Capital, a venture capital firm invested in AltSchool, General Assembly, Minerva, and other cutting-edge education organizations. Join Michael Staton (Partner), Jennifer Lee (Principal), and Vinit Sukhija (Senior Fellow) for a conversation about the current edtech landscape, how they select investments, and market trends (detailed bios below).


Learn Capital

20 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401, United States


Michael Staton


Learn Capital

Michael Staton is a Partner at Learn Capital, where he has helped lead investments into Coursera, Minerva, and Brilliant. He is the founder and former CEO of Uversity, the pioneer of Social Enrollment Management technology in Higher Education. For Uversity, Michael secured the first venture investment from the Gates Foundation’s US Programs into a private company.

Because of his years as a public school teacher and his intuitive understanding of K12 education, Michael served as a Venture Partner and Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s Seed Fund, now Reach Capital. Outside of investing, he has had early roles, befriended and advised many EdTech companies, including Dev Bootcamp and Goalbook. Michael was declared a top one hundred innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is on the advisory board of SxSW EDU and the Higher Education Working Group of the American Enterprise Institute.

Jennifer Lee


Learn Capital

Jennifer Lee is a Principal at Learn Capital. Prior to Learn Capital, Jennifer worked with for-profit, impact investment funds in both domestic and emerging markets. She was an independent consultant for ImpactAssets, where she helped establish a platform for their donor-advised funds to invest in seed stage enterprises.

Other work experience includes serving as Vice President and Relationship Manager for the Asia and Middle East (AME) region at Developing World Markets, an asset manager and investment bank dedicated to investing in inclusive financial institutions in emerging markets. At DWM, she led investments into 17 countries, was responsible for leading the AME team, helped conceive and executed the firm’s investment strategy for the AME region, conducted due diligence, and managed post-investment relationships. Jennifer started her career at Lehman Brothers, as the strategist for the U.S. Treasury, Treasury Futures, and Swaps markets. Jennifer earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Management Science at MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Vinit Sukhija

Senior Fellow

Learn Capital

Vinit Sukhija is a Senior Fellow at Learn Capital. He formerly led Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative for two years, where he supported and invested in over 200 early-stage education entrepreneurs and was named to Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 in Education. He boasts a diverse range of experiences at the intersection of education and entrepreneurship, including serving as a Judge and Coach for several Startup Weekend EDU events, a Judge for Yale School of Management’s Education Business Plan Competition, a Strategy Consultant for the Charter School Growth Fund, an Advisory Board Member for two education non-profits, and a high school mathematics teacher in the South Central and South Gate communities of Los Angeles. Vinit graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley and recently earned his MBA from MIT Sloan.

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