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A Packed House for "How to Start a Tech Company"

Greg Gunn and Jake Levine Wow Students and Alums

The Oliver Scholars offices were overflowing with students for our second TuesdayTalk @ Oliver featuring technologists Greg Gunn and Jake Levine.

Harvard faculty member Greg Gunn co-founded Wireless Generation, a leading educational software company now serving more than 3 million children with groundbreaking assessment and instruction products. As Chief Scientist, he designed highly effective professional development techniques and created the company's analytics and data mining division, turning raw data into new insights about student learning progressions. Greg holds a Bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Chicago and an MBA and Master's in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He currently serves on the boards of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and the Concord Consortium. In 2011, Greg worked with first-year Ed.L.D. students at Harvard University in connection with their end-of-year design competition, and Wireless Generation, under his leadership, was a founding partner organization of the Ed.L.D. program at Harvard.

Jake Levine is the Founder and CEO of Electric Objects. Their first product, EO1, is a framed 23" screen and integrated computer that hangs on the wall and delivers digital artwork into your home (images, animations, and visualizations). Electric Objects launched on Kickstarter in July, bringing in nearly $800,000 in pre-orders in just 30 days. Prior to founding Electric Objects, Jake was the Co-founder and General Manager of News.me, the betaworks company that acquired and relaunched Digg in 2012. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Moderated by Oliver Alum and Scholar Services Manager Manny Vega (Exeter '04 Wesleyan '08), the focus of the panel discussion was "How to Start a Tech Company." Attendees included Oliver Pre-Scholars, Scholars, Alumni and Parents. After the talk some students lingered for close to an hour, peppering the panelists with questions.

The next TuesdayTalk is Nov 18 at the Luhring Augustine Gallery in Chelsea and features leading African-American artist Glenn Ligon.

 

 

 

 

 


Greg Gunn co-founded Wireless Generation, a leading educational software company now serving more than 3 million children with groundbreaking assessment and instruction products. As President, Greg created and led the product development team, shipping the award-winning mCLASS® handheld formative assessment platform. As Chief Scientist, he designed highly effective professional development techniques and created the company’s analytics and data mining division, turning raw data into new insights about student learning progressions. Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago and an MBA and Master's in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He currently serves on the boards of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and the Concord Consortium. In 2011, Greg worked with first-year Ed.L.D. students at Harvard University in connection with their end-of-year design competition, and Wireless Generation, under his leadership, was a founding partner organization of the Ed.L.D. program at Harvard.