Kirsten Winkler

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at

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Kay Alexander

Kay Alexander is the co-founder and creative director of EDUKWEST. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

254 Articles

Christopher Dawson

Christopher Dawson is EDUKWEST's Editor at Large. He is also Senior Contributing Editor at Ziff Davis and The Channel Company.

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EdTech News Room

The EdTech News Room covers the latest news in education technology.

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Nick DiNardo

Nick DiNardo is the founder and host of the Meet Education Project, a podcast series featuring entrepreneurs, VCs and thought leaders taking action on the future of learning. Nick has worked in education for 10 years, working for some of the big players (Pearson & McGraw-Hill), as VP of Marketing for a seed stage ed tech startup, and an independent consultant. He also serves on the board of directors for Argosy Collegiate Charter School in Fall River, MA. When he's not chatting about the future of learning, Nick is reading, traveling, golfing, or drinking a glass of whisky (sometimes, all of the above).

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Alicia Chang

Alicia Chang is EDUKWEST's Science & West Coast Editor. She is a cognitive and developmental psychologist (Ph.D., UCLA, 2008) with research interests in language and cognitive development, the effects of language and culture on cognition, and cognitive science applications to STEM education. She lives and works in Silicon Valley. You can follow her on Twitter @aliciac and Google+.

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Dan Sandhu

Recently voted as one of EdTech’s top 100 most influential leaders globally, Dan has been involved in the sector as an Investor/Founder and Executive. Dan is Chairman and CEO of UK based Digital Assess and is a venture partner/mentor with UK and US based Ed Tech accelerators.

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Benjamin Stewart

Benjamin Stewart holds a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction: technology and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership. He is an EFL teacher educator and researcher and is interested in how PLNs impact teaching practices and belief systems. Benjamin is founder of EduQuiki where he contributes to open educational resources, open courseware, and open research. His work in Edukwest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Edgar Wilson

Edgar Wilson is an Oregon native with a passion for cooking, trivia, and politics. He studied conflict resolution and international relations and has worked in industries ranging from international marketing to broadcast journalism. He is currently working as an independent analytical consultant.

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Lida Hasbrouck

Lida is the cofounder and COO of two edtech startups, Ginkgotree and PaperDesk. Her personal writing targets marketing and branding strategy, while her writing on Ginkgotree’s blog focuses on melding best business practices with modern teaching and learning. As a marketing consultant, she helps startups develop their voice and image. She enjoys life in Ann Arbor, MI with her best friend, husband and cofounder. You can follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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Jason Pfaff

Jason Pfaff is a recognized innovator in contemporary higher education. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Student Experience for Delta Career Education, a leading privately held provider of career oriented education. Jason's innovation portfolio lies at the intersection of massive data sets, predictive analytics, and a student centered mindset. Prior to Delta, Jason worked in a variety of roles at University of Phoenix, a leader in the widespread adoption of online learning. Prior to University of Phoenix, Jason served in a variety of roles at Saint Gregory's University, including leading the launch of its multi-media lab. Jason holds a degree in Letters from Saint Gregory's. When not working, he spends time with his beautiful wife Anna and their four lovely children.

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Fahad Hassan

Fahad Hassan is the Founder and CEO of Always Prepped. Fahad is an education entrepreneur focused on building technology companies to improve educational outcomes. You can follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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Lidie Olesen

Lidie Olesen is the founder of Boris Temkov Institute, a research facility encouraging cultural analysis. The institute hosts online library with contemporary Bulgarian history documents, supporting students, educators and history interested individuals in their study quests.

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Vineet Madan

Vineet Madan is the Founder & CEO of Junction Education and has been on the forefront of the digital transformation of education for nearly a decade. A first-time entrepreneur and long-time intrapreneur he launched interactive textbooks on the iPad with the likes of Inkling and Apple, scaled adaptive learning into colleges with Area9 and laid out the original product strategy and go-to market plan for McGraw-Hill’s Acuity formative assessment platform. Junction is the next step taking lessons learned from publishing around curation, aggregation, layout and design and applying them to a screen first experience.

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Tiffany Reiss

Tiffany is a passionate educator, entrepreneur, health promoter and the co-founder & CEO of TheHubEdu. You can follow Tiffany on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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George Machlan

George Machlan is an online ESL teacher, founder of My ESL Friends and thought leader of the Edupunk movement.

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Bhavin Parikh

Bhavin Parikh is CEO and co-founder of Magoosh, a company that creates web and mobile apps to help students prepare for standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, SAT, and TOEFL. He loves advising startups on growing their ideas and building great cultures.

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Joris Schut

Joris Schut is an Educational Scientist, Designer and Information Specialist, providing organizations with simple and practical solutions for their complex and multi-dimensional problems.

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Dustin McKissen

Dustin McKissen is Director of Operations and Marketing for Metacred, the nation's first credentialing management firm, and a company with a great culture! He is also a proud member of LinkedIn's Publishers and Bloggers Group. You can find him on Twitter @DMcKissen.

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Baptiste Grève

Baptiste is the founder of Unimersiv, the first platform for VR educational experiences. Before working on Unimersiv, Baptiste built and sold Brain'up, a social brain training app that generated 100,000 downloads in 5 months.

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Anne Hwang

Anne Hwang is a writer for EDUKWEST, covering news and profiling startups in education. Anne is a professional ESL/EFL teacher from the United States, teaching English for 9 years offline and 3 years online. She holds a B.A. Degree in Business Marketing and a Masters Degree in Education, TESOL. You can follow here on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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Laurie Kreindler

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of IT'S ABOUT TIME®, Laurie developed IAT's publishing direction with National Science Foundation-supported math, engineering and science curricula, overseeing Strategic Planning and Marketing.

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Emil Wallnér

Emil is Founder and CEO of, the Github for how-to knowledge. He is a former Edtech investor.

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James Ashenhurst

James Ashenhurst (@jamesashchem) is a Ph.D. organic chemist, online tutor and the founder of Master Organic Chemistry, an online guide to introductory organic chemistry. In collaboration with Metamolecular he recently published the Reagents app for iPhone, a guide to the 80+ reagents in undergraduate organic chemistry.

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Timothy Farnell

Timothy Farnell is an investment manager at Digital Education – an emerging markets investor in early stage education technology companies. He has completed multiple early stage investments across Europe and Latin America. Prior to Digital Education, Timothy worked on a number of transactions in the technology and media sector with Quayle Munro. He started his career in Corporate Development with Mazars, Asia Pacific team based in Singapore. He holds a BSc in Natural Sciences (Physics & Economics) from the University of Durham. He is a passionate athlete, representing the UK at the Triathlon World Championships.

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Jenny Zhu

Jenny Zhu is the co-founder of OpenLanguage, building the Tablet Textbook for languages which provides a multimedia, powerful and beautiful learning experience for students and teachers. She is also the co-founder of ChinesePod for which she hosted 2000 ChinesePod lessons, evangelizing the flipped classroom model for language learning. You can follow her on Twitter @jennyzq.

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Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is an edtech entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor. He is the founder of MediaTaylor, a specialist media company who focus on the education market and, a pre-incubator program that aims to get more teachers involved in edtech startups.

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Scott Rosenkranz

Scott Rosenkranz is a National Board Certified Teacher in English/ Language Arts and has been an educator for 14 years. Scott currently teaches high school English and Theory of Knowledge. A year ago, Scott and and his colleague Jacob Bullock decided to tackle the Common Core by creating Oncore, a classroom productivity and instructional tool designed to improve learning. Oncore's vision for learning is simple: data + relationships.

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Lucy Stonehill

Lucy Stonehill is the Co-founder and CEO of BridgeU—the first adaptive university preparation platform for students, tailoring the process of higher education preparation to the individual and placing students on a truly personalized path towards higher education and professional success.

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Rahim Hirji

Rahim Hirji is a London based strategy professional, business executive and entrepreneur. He has a particular speciality in helping individuals and organisations overcome the dramatic shifts in digital affecting industry today. With significant experience across the education and media sectors, Rahim has advised a diverse range of corporate and start-up clients on strategy, digital and change. A technology and management graduate by training, Rahim has been working with CEOs, entrepreneurs and business heads around the world for more than 15 years. Rahim is currently CEO at Maths Doctor, a disruptive educational start-up, focused on live online tuition and incubated by Macmillan Digital Education. Rahim lives in London, England, with his wife and two daughters.

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Woody Webster

Having built one of the largest tutoring businesses in the UK, Woody and his team set out to design CRM systems for the burgeoning tutoring industry, creating Woody works tirelessly with the companies using TutorCruncher to add more and more features to automate increasing amounts of administration. This gives clients more valuable time to focus on running their tutoring businesses.

1 Article

Jeff Novich

Jeff Novich (@jeffnovich) is the Founder and CEO of VocabSushi and on a quest to eliminate inefficiency. FareShare, Patient Communicator and Cnvrge, along with countless other mini-projects Jeff has done, address some of the ineffiencies in taxi supply/demand, doctor-patient communications, and how you meet people at events.

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Nathan Parcells

Nathan Parcells is the CMO and co-founder of His writing has been featured in VentureBeat, The Washington Post and Forbes. Nathan loves helping students find meaningful careers and companies figure out unique ways to attract and utilize interns. Feel free to contact him with any questions at or follow him on Twitter or Google+.

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James Cross

As a former educator now working in the technology industry, James is fascinated by the intersection of consumer and educational technology. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a published author on the topic of mobile and media-based learning, and currently works at MediaCore, where he helps the world's leading universities and companies transform learning with online and mobile media.

1 Article

Darien Brown

Darien Brown is co-founder and CEO of YongoPal. YongoPal is creating a mobile photo-sharing app for English learning and cultural exploration.

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Jay Ebben

Jay Ebben is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also co-founder of JustLurn, a simple course-organization tool for educators. If you are interested, please feel free to join the JustLurn product discussion here.

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Jan Künzl

Jan Künzl is the Founder of edeos Digital Education, a Berlin-based agency, specialized in producing and distributing web-based knowledge content. edeos is producing project WissensWerte, short videos about civic education for the YouTube age.

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Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet is the founder and CEO of Edxus Group. Previously EMEA Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and New Ventures at Turner (Time Warner), Benjamin was heading the pan European growth and diversification initiatives including M&A, launches of new channels, and investment in digital media, gaming and content companies.

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Hank Horkoff

Hank Horkoff is an e-learning entrepreneur with a focus on language training. His passion is turning abstract business models into reality with the goal of solving problems for students. Hank is the co-founder of ChinesePod which was acquired by BigFoot Ventures in January 2012 and currently works on his new startup OpenLanguage. You can follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

1 Article

Wojtek Skalski

Wojtek Skalski is currently Head of Growth & Product at Brainly, global social learning network attracting over 60M unique users monthly. He is agile, lean, data-driven and results-oriented professional, continuously in search of the philosopher's stone of the online product development. Some remarks from this journey can be found at

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Jenny Grant Rankin

Jenny Grant Rankin is a former award-winning teacher, school site administrator, district administrator, and Chief Education & Research Officer at Illuminate Education (a data systems and edtech company). Her close-to-completion Ph.D. in Education features a specialization in School Improvement, and the topic of her dissertation & quantitative study is improved edtech data system/report design through Over-the-Counter Data (OTCD) to improve educators’ analyses and use of data being presented. Jenny's site is, where she promotes her passion for OTCD’s potential to help students. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

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Voxy delivers tools for outcomes-driven English language education. The integrated web and mobile platform, coupled with one-on-one live tutoring, provides a comprehensive, dynamic curriculum that is personalized to every user, offering adaptive, task-based courses that allow students to learn in context. Since launching in 2010, Voxy has grown to over three million users and have pioneered numerous innovations in contextual learning, including the use of geo-location and natural language processing for scalable content creation.

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Richard Fielding

Richard Fielding is the co-founder of PrepMyFuture. Richard holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics and taught GMAT for 5 years.

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Heidi Olsen-Paulsen

Builder of people, ideas and dreams. Novelist in training, people watcher, fascinated with it all.

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Dave Gill

Dave Gill is a filmmaker, writer and a dropout. He's currently producing a project that involves cycling 11,000 miles around North America, meeting a variety of people to look at lifestyle choice. Everyone from major Hollywood directors to singing cowgirls, tech entrepreneurs to ex-convicts. Follow the journey at and follow Dave on Twitter @dave_steepmedia.

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André Klein

André Klein is a co-founder of the popular Online Learning website Learn Out Live, author of "How To Teach Online Without Selling Your Soul" and various blogposts about online teaching & publishing and reflections on how to stay sane in an increasingly fragmented and digital world.

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Speexx helps large organizations everywhere to drive productivity by empowering employee communication skills across borders. Speexx is a leading provider of award-winning cloud-based online language training solutions.

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Gian Marco Masoni

Marco Masoni is the Co-Founder and CEO of the social learning network He's taught high school, trained teachers, designed learning platforms and previously co-founded a video sharing site (dscoop) in the pre-YouTube era. You can connect with Marco on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Marie Norman

Dr. Marie Norman is the Senior Director of Educational Excellence at Acatar. Norman has taught anthropology for over 20 years and worked in faculty development for 10 years. She is the co-author of the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.

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León Markovitz

Leon Markovitz hails from Caracas, studied in Boston, and currently lives in Tel-Aviv, where he co-founded WikiBrains, an EdTech startup. He is passionate about bicycles, books and hacking education. You can follow Leon on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

1 Article

Martyn Farrows

Martyn has spent over 20 years working in the ‘EdTech’ sector, as entrepreneur, innovator, consultant and government advisor. He is currently Director of the Learnovate Centre, helping to accelerate the growth of the Irish EdTech industry by connecting Irish companies to the global EdTech network.

1 Article

Akshat Shrivastava

CEO - - Deeply involved in bringing inclusive technology to the Higher Education vertical in India. Part of the Governments Mission on ICT programme.

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Christopher Grant

Christoper Grant is a designer specializing in user experience on the web. Since 1996, Christopher worked with start-ups and multi-nationals in the US and across Europe. He blogs at The Digital Altruist and you can follow him on Twitter @digitalaltruist.

1 Article

Kerstin Hammes

Kerstin Hammes is a native German speaker and has lived in the UK since 2003. She’s passionate about languages, teaching and helping others create independence in online education. Kerstin is the lady behind Fluent Language Tuition.

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Sameer Bhatia

Sameer Bhatia is founder and CEO of ProProfs, a leading provider of online learning tools for building, testing, and applying knowledge. Through its Learning Management System, Survey Maker, and Training Maker products, ProProfs offers trainers, marketers, and educators powerful-but-simple features without requiring them to download or learn expensive software. ProProfs tools for building & testing knowledge are used by millions of users each month. The site hosts 1,000,000+ pieces of content in 90+ languages, and is a leading platform for online training and assessment with the world's largest library of professional tests & quizzes. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) and is an ed-tech industry veteran.

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Jeff Levy

Jeff Levy is Co-Founder and CEO of OfficeHours, a new company that allows online learners to connect on-demand, 24/7 - either with each other or with a community of experienced, course-specific Teaching Assistants. Jeff is an experienced entrepreneur and investor who has founded, built and managed a number of successful technology-based start-ups over the past 17 years, including Activate Systems (sold to Organic Motion, 2012); Biltmore Communications (sold to DirecTV/Hicks Holdings 2007); Open Point Networks (sold to BCI, 2002); eHatchery (portfolio companies collectively raised >$100M); and RelevantKnowledge (IPO, 1999 - NASDAQ, MMXI). Jeff currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech College of Computing and is past chair of the Emory University Board of Visitors. Jeff is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and was named one of the top 50 entrepreneurs in the South by Catalyst Magazine in both 2001 and 2005. Jeff received his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

1 Article

Lucja Wojtasik

Lucja is the founder of, a professional language match-making service. She is a Polish and Spanish language trainer and has a keen interest in online education.

1 Article

Sylvia Guinan

Sylvia Guinan is an ELT instructor with over fifteen years experience, a degree in English literature and a teaching diploma. Sylvia works online; teaching, writing and developing materials. Her mission is to embrace the best in teaching methodologies and enable students everywhere to develop fluency in a fun, brain-friendly, natural way. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

1 Article

Randall Dennis

John Randall Dennis is a strategy executive, consultant and speaker who is passionate about leveraging data and analytics to improve student outcomes and teacher effectiveness. You can connect with Rand via LinkedIn and Twitter.

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