Ryan Craig is the managing director of University Ventures, a leading investment firm focused exclusively on the global higher-education sector.
Prior to University Ventures, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents, and young adults, including boarding schools, summer camps, and after-school programs. Ryan headed the education and training sector at Warburg Pincus from 2001 – 2004 where he was the founding director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the U.S. Ryan has advised the U.S. Department of Education and served as vice president of strategic development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company, from 1999 – 2001.
Ryan began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He received bachelor’s degrees in literature and economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School.
CEO of Entangled Ventures
Paul Freedman is the board chair of ReUp Education. He is also the CEO of Practice, an e-learning company that uses interactive video and mobile platforms to scale the development of skills that require practice to learn and demonstration to assess. Additionally, Paul is the chairman, co-founder and CEO of Entangled Ventures, a San Francisco-based educational technology studio. A longtime advocate for the transformative power of a college education, he has founded, managed, and invested in several successful education ventures.
Prior to Entangled Ventures, Paul was the founder and CEO of Altius Education, an innovator in higher education focused on creating effective, personalized pathways to postsecondary degrees.
After finishing college at the University of Chicago, Paul created Academic Engine, a college recruitment technology company, which he later sold to Hobsons in 2004. After selling the company, and prior to founding Altius, Paul spent 5 years as the president of a Hobson’s subsidiary focused on online student recruitment technologies.
Managing Director of Serious Change Investments
Julius Mokrauer is the managing director of Serious Change, a socially driven venture capital firm with a portfolio of 50+ companies. He is also on the investment board of The Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, which provides seed grants to nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid early-stage social ventures affiliated with Columbia University.
He has spent the majority of his career as an impact investor, entrepreneur, and/or strategic advisor to early-stage domestic and foreign organizations in a wide range of arenas. Julius feels quite fortunate to have landed in his role as a socially driven venture capitalist, as it satisfies his passion for helping others and influencing societal change, while leveraging his strategy, business development , and diverse operating experience.
Prior to his work at Serious Change, Julius co-founded both Rangeview Capital, an investment firm specializing in algorithmic high-frequency trading, and Milestone Partners International, an international management-consulting firm.
President of Entangled Ventures
Allison is President of Entangled Ventures and Principal Consultant at Entangled Solutions. With a background as a university administrator and entrepreneur, her work focuses on innovation management for universities, new postsecondary models, and partnerships between edtech and higher education.
Prior to joining Entangled, Allison launched the higher education organization at EdSurge, where she built and led an interdisciplinary team of journalists, community builders, designers, and engineers. Allison also ran innovation efforts for the President at Davidson College, spearheading priorities around innovation management, edtech partnerships, new program creation, and college to career transitions.
Inspired by how education can be a tool for individual and community empowerment, Allison began her career as a social justice educator designing experiential learning programs for undergraduates in the U.S. South and rural Thailand.