Almost a year ago nearly to the day, at an edtech holiday party, I met Jason Singer, who shared his idea for an interactive e-reader with me. I was hoping he would act on his idea but as principal of KIPP King Collegiate High School and with a young family at home, I knew he had a full load.
Fast forward a year later and Jason has launched his company, Gobstopper, recruited a stellar team, built an alpha product, corralled seed funders and is piloting in Bay Area schools. John Doerr was right: entrepreneurs do more than anyone thinks possible.
We are thrilled to share with you that Jason Singer has joined the NewSchools team as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Like other venture firms, we bring on EIRs who want to start a company and might benefit from building it within the community of NewSchools. The benefit is mutual – EIRs are embedded in the venture team and help the firm learn about a sector, source new investments and evaluate new opportunities. With four startups behind him and a track record as a successful school founder (x2), principal and educator – it should come as no surprise that Jason already has had a significant impact on our work and we are really lucky to have him.
We support Jason as do the dynamic husband and wife duo Jen Moses and Ron Beller. These former Goldman Sachs partners are a tour de force in K-12 education and have a track record of launching successful education startups and schools including ARK Education and Leading Educators.
Gobstopper will beta launch in early 2013. Read more at http://www.gobstopper.com/blog/technology-for-teachers/.