AltSchool hires

EDBRIEF: AltSchool hires Execs from Google, Uber, Rocket Fuel and Zynga

AltSchool, a collaborative community of micro-schools that aims to transform K-8 education, has hired four seasoned tech executives from Google, Uber, Zynga and Rocket Fuel.

Joining the AltSchool team are Bharat Mediratta from Google, who has been appointed CTO. Uber’s former head of global security Michael Ginty has been appointed to head of safety at AltSchool. Former Rocket Fuel VP Sue Yoon and former Zynga Director of Product Rajiv Bhatia are also joining.

AltSchool was founded by Max Ventilla, a long term Google executive and founder of social search engine Aadvark, which was acquired for $50 million by Google in 2010.

AltSchool raised a $33 million Series A in March 2014 led by Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz.

The startup now has four private schools in San Francisco with a total of 150 students and will open two new schools in Palo Alto and Brooklyn in fall 2015 and aims to grow to 500 students. Tuition costs around $20,000 per year.

Further Reading

  • Tech veterans jump on startup aiming to overhaul education | Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • From wearables to Uber for kids, start-ups look to tech to protect children | FT
  • HEDLINE: AltSchool raises $33 million Series A | EDUKWEST


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