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Joe E. Ross

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Chief Strategy Officer @HotChalk. Elected School Board Trustee. Former VP @Citizen Schools; Biz Dev @Flip Video; LatAm Sales @Cisco Systems

Chief Strategy Officer @HotChalk. Elected School Board Trustee. Former VP @Citizen Schools; Biz Dev @Flip Video; LatAm Sales @Cisco Systems

3 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising

Involved In


Phillips Brooks School
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) USA
County of San Mateo


Vice President County of San Mateo December 2015 - present
Board Member Phillips Brooks School 2014 - present
Board Member Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) USA 2013 - present
Chief Strategy Officer & SVP Education Solutions HotChalk, Inc. 2013 - present
VP/SVP Corporate Development/Compliance/Legal HotChalk, Inc. 2013 - present
Board Member County of San Mateo 2012 - present
Vice President & Executive Director Citizen Schools 2010 - 2013
Director, Office of the CEO Cisco 2008 - 2010
Associate Lehman Brothers 2007 - 2008
Summer Associate Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates June 2006 - August 2006
Summer Associate Quinn Emanuel June 2005 - August 2005
Senior Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton 2003 - 2004
Officer US Navy 1995 - 2003
Reporter/Writer Various media outlets 1993 - 1995


Stanford Law School 2004 - 2007
Yale University Political Science 1989 - 1994
Trinity School

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Growth hacking
  • • Mobile Apps
  • • Social Media
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Mobile
  • • Teacher training
  • • Higher Education
  • • social networking
  • • parents

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • Edtech • Public relations • Social Entrepreneurship • Strategic Communications

Key Accomplishments

I start new things. Innovations I've brought to life include: a new teacher credentialing pathway described by the Oakland deputy superintendant as the "pinacle" of preparation programs; a new regime for naval training, adopted by the Chilean Navy; a new online platform for legal scholarship,, featuring content from top law reviews; a new movement to engage engineers in STEM mentorship, launched at the White House as; and now, a new app for and by parents.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Relentless innovator and team builder, passionate about EdTech & parent tech to revolutionize learning.
-> Urgency
-> Results
-> Innovation

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Think Joe is awesome?
Vouch for them.

Tal Zamir
We worked together
Joe is passionate about where he spends his time and energy. He's also a very positive, persuasive leader who people want to spend time with ... and follow.
Efe Cakarel
We worked together
He's smart and gets things done.
Lori Krauss
Technology Licensing and Commercial Transactions Attorney, Lori Krauss, Attorney at Law.
Joe is smart and knows how to balance business, legal and operational needs when making decisions.