Team

StanleyBucheskyStanley Buchesky

Partner and Founder

Stan is the founder of the EdTech Fund, investing in Seed stage EdTech companies in K-12 and Higher Ed. Stan has a passion for education. He first became involved in education while leading mergers and acquisitions for McGraw-Hill and then as one of the founding trustees of Equality Charter School, starting with an idea in the heads of three educators and taking the school through start-up phase to now being ranked in the top 3% of all NYC middle schools in math.

He is also a member of the town legislature in Darien, CT, serving on the education committee.

His investment experience includes seed stage investments in education, small and large acquisitions as well as many types of partnerships and joint ventures.

Stan has led corporate development departments and activities for large companies such as McGraw-Hill, L-3 Communications and Pitney Bowes. He has also helped smaller established businesses as well as start-ups execute their growth strategies.

Prior to a career in business, Stan was an Airborne Ranger Army officer serving in peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He is a West Point graduate with a BS in computer science engineering and a double major in German and French, and he holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

Dan photoDan Aks

Partner and Co-Founder

Dan has broad C-level experience in operating roles for the information, education and consumer media   businesses. He is a recognized innovator, having won McGraw-Hill’s corporate achievement award for product innovation for developing two successful digital products focusing on differentiated instruction and formative testing.Previously, Dan served as Chief of Staff of McGraw-Hill Education, where he was responsible for IT, public relations, strategy & business development, K-12 differentiated instruction pilots, and content management system development.Dan was a partner with Booz, Allen & Hamilton’s highly successful Information, Media & Technology group, leading engagements for large clients across the U.S. and Europe. Other prior roles include COO of Greenspun Media, a $130MM luxury publishing business, SVP of Operations with MTV Networks, and COO and President of Internet for PRIMEDIA, a $1.5B internet and publishing business. 

Dan is a Harvard MBA, graduating with honors. He also holds a BS in Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering and a BA in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

PeterCDavisPeter C. Davis

Advisor

Pete has extensive experience in the education industry. As the former president of McGraw-Hill Education, Pete was responsible for leading one of the world’s top education companies, serving teachers, students and individuals in a range of professions worldwide. He led McGraw-Hill Education’s efforts to develop effective digital learning platforms and tools that are customized to the needs of each student and designed to generate positive learning outcomes at virtually every level of education.Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, Peter was executive vice president of global strategy for The McGraw-Hill Companies. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director at Novantas LLC and a senior partner at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Peter holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

BethlamForsaBethlam Forsa

Advisor

Bethlam is the President of Learning Services for Pearson, overseeing the company’s lines of business for curriculum, technology, and services for the K-12 market in the U.S. The group is focused on introducing more efficacy-based products, which take advantage of adaptive learning tools and assessment analytics to enable more personalized curriculum for each individual learner. These products are supported by services such as professional training for teachers in specific subjects like STEM, and consultation on classroom management software and curriculum realignment to meet community standards.

Previously, she was the Executive Vice President of Product Development and Publishing Operations for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As Chief Product Officer and Operations lead, she formulated HMH’s global product and technology strategy with a particular focus on hybrid and mobile product development, partnerships with media/ technology companies (i.e., History Channel, Apple) and the delivery of device agnostic and pedagogically effective content. Prior to joining HMH, Bethlam was a Partner for 12 years at Accenture, a leading international management consulting firm, serving as the Global Lead Partner for Accenture’s Publishing and Media Industry client portfolio.

Bethlam is an active member of the NY Ed start-up community and sits on the Boards of Librify and Equality Charter School in the Bronx. She holds an MBA and a BS from Cornell University. She is fluent in both French and Italian.

SDH LSC sml bwSteven Hodas

Advisor

While at NASA Steven Hodas built the U.S. government’s first public website and led the NASA K12 Internet Initiative. In the private sector he went on to create the web’s most popular sites for high school and college students, the first commercial online learning products, and the first large-scale personalized learning platform for school districts.

For the past seven years he has worked closely with early-stage entrepreneurs and investors, launched two companies of his own and recently served the NYC DOE as Executive Director in the Office of Innovation, where he worked on system reforms, next-gen learning structures, human capital, and smart demand. He is currently Practitioner in Residence at CRPE.org

Deven Sharma head shotDeven Sharma

Advisor

Deven is the CEO of InfleXon, an advisory firm focused on information, analytics and technology enabled service markets. In information markets, Mr. Sharma’s experience extends across: credit, investment and risk research; governance, regulation and compliance (GRC); verticals in energy, health, legal, tax, defense, and construction; media; and education. He has extensive experience in board governance as the Chair of Board at Crisil, S&P UK, and S&P US, and board member of 1-800-Flowers. Deven also invests in and incubates next generation information and analytics-enabled companies.

In 2007, Deven was named President of Standard & Poor’s, the leading credit ratings, index, investment research and financial information firm. Deven led S&P through the most tumultuous period in modern financial markets. He led the strategic transformation of S&P to regain the performance momentum. He led the company to pivot to a new strategy, operating model and culture, adapt to new regulations, navigate crisis, re-build brand reputation, strengthen risk governance, and expand globally and innovate new analytics and information.

Before joining S&P, he was Executive Vice President, Global Strategy at The McGraw-Hill Companies, which he joined in 2002 after serving for nine years as a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management consulting company.

Deven holds a bachelor’s degree from the Birla Institute of Technology in India, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctoral degree in Business Management from The Ohio State University.