President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
David Shrier has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Shrier is a globally recognized education innovator and technology futurist who is actively sought after to advise on strategic growth. Mr. Shrier is currently the co-founder and Managing Director of Esme Learning Solutions, an artificial intelligence-enabled adult digital education provider that partners with top universities to transform student outcomes, a role he has held since forming the company with Ms. Elizabeth Porter, our Chief Technology Officer and Secretary, in February 2019. Mr. Shrier also serves as a board member of Esme Learning. Adit is a significant investor in Esme Learning. Mr. Shrier is also co-founder of Riff Analytics, an artificial intelligence collaboration software company (where Adit is also an investor), and served as its chairman of the board of directors from its inception in June 2017 until July 2020. He has been a non-executive director of Copper Technologies (UK) Ltd since November 2020. Mr. Shrier holds a part-time appointment as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Management & Innovation at Imperial College London Business School which he began in December 2020. Since August 2017, Mr. Shrier has had a part-time appointment as Associate Fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Between February 2013 and November 2020, Mr. Shrier held a variety of instructional and administrative roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including New Ventures Officer, Managing Director, Connection Science & Engineering and most recently, Lecturer, Media Arts & Sciences. His classes at MIT and Oxford, developed in collaboration with Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, have engaged over 15,000 innovators in more than 150 countries on topics such as fintech, blockchain, and data analytics through groundbreaking online classes. Previously, Mr. Shrier has held a variety of management roles in privately funded companies including, most recently, Distilled Identity, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from June 2017 to May 2020. Mr. Shrier’s consulting firm, Visionary Future LLC, has been operating together with its predecessor Far Horizons Management since 1999 to advise corporate, government, and nongovernmental clients on strategic growth opportunities and technology innovation. Throughout his career, Mr. Shrier has worked in and with growth companies, Fortune 1,000 firms, and academia, including board and advisory positions and professional roles within large public companies (General Electric, Dun & Bradstreet), private companies (Millennium Advisors, Kyriba), partnerships (Ernst & Young, Lazard) and governments and government-related entities (Dubai, Commonwealth Secretariat), in addition to developing new revenue-generating growth opportunities for leading academic institutions (MIT, University of Oxford). Mr. Shrier holds a number of unpaid advisory roles with various government and government affiliated entities, and one private nonprofit university. Since September 2017, Mr. Shrier has served as a member of FINRA’s fintech advisory Committee. Mr. Shrier is a senior advisor to the UK government’s Revenue & Customs department (HMRC) since December 2019 as well as UK Department for International Trade’s fintech steering board since March 2018. Since October 2020, Mr. Shrier has also been an advisor to the European Parliament’s Science & Technology Committee, which is chaired by Eva Kaili. Mr. Shrier is also on the advisory board for WorldQuant University, which offers a totally free online master’s degree in financial engineering, where he has served since April 2016.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
John D’Agostino has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since October 2020. Mr. D’Agostino has 15 years of experience in financial services, having served on more than 10 boards of directors of asset management firms as well as on audit committees. Mr. D’Agostino has served as a Managing Director at DMS Governance since May 2015, where he provides guidance and independent oversight to ensure adherence to governance, regulatory and compliance requirements. Mr. D’Agostino has served as a director in a wide range of industries, with notable expertise in technology-driven companies and complex investment vehicles. Mr. D’Agostino has significant experience in corporate governance and regulation and regularly advises U.S. and international government regulatory agencies. Mr. D’Agostino began his career as Vice President and Head of Strategy of the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he led the effort to develop the first Middle East energy derivatives exchange in partnership with the Dubai Government.
Chief Technology Officer and Secretary
Elizabeth Porter has served as our Chief Technology Officer and Secretary since October 2020. Throughout her career, Ms. Porter has led multiple product and engineering teams to deliver high value, customer-focused educational technology products in product design, business strategy and operational roles. Ms. Porter has worked with clients in technology, education, and publishing to develop product strategy and vision, provide technical direction and architecture, and conceive end-to-end solutions that meet business needs. Ms. Porter served as Vice President of Product of EdX, a non-profit massive open online course (MOOC) provider founded by MIT and Harvard University, from May 2014 to December 2015. Ms. Porter held executive roles at Pearson Education, a company that provides education publishing and assessment services to schools, corporations and students with more than 22,500 employees operating in 70 countries (including former Vice President with special focus on higher education online offering) from January 2010 to April 2014, as well as directing product development teams at Mathsoft Inc. (subsequently acquired by PTC) from April 2006 until August 2008, Extension Engine (from May 2016 to December 2018), an edtech consultancy that specializes in the development of highly customized online courses and programs, and University of Texas at Austin (from May 2018 to December 2019). Ms. Porter has been the managing partner of Geeklight, LLC, an edtech consulting business, since May 2016. She has also served as Chief Executive Officer, co-founder and board member of Riff Analytics, a conversation analytics company that works primarily with educational institutions and providers delivering platform software and custom data analytics reporting, since September 2017. Ms. Porter has also headed the course development and delivery teams at Esme Learning in her capacity as Managing Director, board member and co-founder since February 2019. Esme Learning is an online learning solutions development company that works with universities and corporations to create and deliver high-end, high-touch online courses for working professionals. Ms. Porter’s engagements in higher education include roles as researcher and lecturer at the MIT Media Lab since September 2016 and Boston University Questrom School of Business since July 2016. She also serves as board member, treasurer and trustee of Oakwood School, a non-profit private school, since June 2015.