Gene Wade, Founder & Chairman of University Now
Gene has spent most of his adult life focused on helping to ensure that everyone has access to high quality education. He believes education is the solution to many of the biggest challenges facing people and societies around the world.
Prior to founding UniversityNow, he was co-founder & CEO of Platform Learning, a tutoring company that served tens of thousands of low-income students throughout the United States. He was also co-founder & CEO of LearnNow, a school management company that was sold to Edison Schools where he was an Executive Vice President. Prior to becoming an education entrepreneur, he was a corporate bankruptcy attorney. Gene has an MBA from The Wharton School, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Morehouse College.
Note: I am an investor in University Now.
Jason Panda - Founder & CEO of B Condoms
B Holding Group, LLC / b condoms is the only minority-owned, socially responsible condom company. b condoms reduces teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates, including HIV/AIDS by marketing premium, chic and socially responsible condoms directly to at-risk ethnic communities. b condoms leverages condom sales to fund prevention initiatives, including events, seminars, and health and wellness tours in underserved communities to educate and test the most impacted populations.
Jason Panda is CEO of B Holding Group, LLC / b condoms, a premium condom company with a social mission. b condoms leverages condom sales to decrease teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS rates by funding awareness and prevention initiatives within underserved communities. Jason was recently recognized as one of the "Top 40 Leaders Under 40" by the New Leaders Council and one of the "Ten Young Entrepreneurs to Watch" by Black Enterprise.
He is a member of the Strategic Leadership Council for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Jason has also been honored by the New York City Department of Health, the National Action Network and BET for his work in New York City.
Mr. Panda is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, where he was an Oprah Winfrey Scholar. He also graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served on the Moot Court Team.
Please note this episode contains references to the fact of sex and sexual transmited diseases.
Collin Gutman is the CEO and Co-Founder of WorkAmerica. In this role, he leads fundraising efforts (having raised >$1M to date) and provides strategic vision for the company. Collin's background in recruiting technology sales led to the formulation of WorkAmerica and its current ideas around the most efficient ways to interface between students and employers. Collin also leads WorkAmerica's government contracting efforts, drawing on his own experience in both sales and working with political campaigns.
In addition, Collin serves as a Partner at Acceleprise, a DC based venture capital accelerator focused on enterprise technology, giving him deep knowledge and expertise in startup operations. Prior to founding WorkAmerica, Collin was the first non-technical hire at EmployInsight and later became Chief Strategy Officer where he spearheaded EmployInsight's enterprise sales effort. Previously, he worked at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading venture fund, and Challenge Games, which was acquired by Zynga. He holds a BA in Political Science from Yale and was a member of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society.