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Preetha Ram

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

CoFounder & CEO, and Advisor, Future of Learning, Institute for the Future. Yale grad.

CoFounder & CEO, and Advisor, Future of Learning, Institute for the Future. Yale grad.

11 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
I have an idea I'm commited to
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development

Involved In

Emory University - Goizueta Business School


Santa Clara University Global Social Benefit Incubator
Institute for the Future
University of the People
Global Social Benefits Institute
Institute for the Future


Mentor Global Social Benefits Institute October 2014 - present
CoFounder & CEO September 2012 - present
Advisor, Future of Learning Institute for the Future August 2012 - present
Advisory Board KNEXT August 2012 - present
Advisory Board & former Dean of Arts and Sciences University of the People 2011 - present
Associate Dean Emory University 2010 - present
Founder & Executive Director Emory University - Goizueta Business School 2009 - 2011
Founding CoDirector Emory Tibet Science Initiative May 2006 - 2011
Assistant Dean Emory University 2005 - 2010
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chemistry Emory University August 2002 - December 2005
Faculty & Senior Lecturer, Chemistry, and Associate Faculty, Educational Studies Emory University 1991 - 2005


Emory University - Goizueta Business School 2008 - 2010
Yale University Chemistry 1984 - 1989
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chemistry 1983 - 1984
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi Chemistry 1981 - 1983
WCC Chemistry 1978 - 1981

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Games
  • • Payments
  • • Advertising
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Innovation • E-Learning • Entrepreneurship • Higher Education • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

Creating a social network so anyone, anywhere, anytime can get study help - and love the experience. And scale it to millions!

Vouches Received

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Ashish Rangnekar
We worked together
First and foremost, Preetha is very passionate about her work and the education space. She is very well informed and brings in a very balanc ... ed perspective to the conversation. She also has an impressive ability to collaborate and come up with unique/innovative solutions to a problem. I often reach out to her even when there is no clear partnership opportunity between my company and hers.
Anita Manwani
We worked together
Preetha is hungry and an expert in her domain and can wear multiple hat. She is presents and sells well.
Marina Gorbis
We worked together at Institute for the Future
She is thoughtful, articulate, and hard working. She has great ideas and can excite others about them. She is a rare combination of an aca ... demic and an entrepreneur with a deep understanding of higher education and the passion for building new educational platforms.
John Katzman
They're my friends  •  Chairman, Noodle Education and Board Member, Fullbridge. Princeton grad.
Smart, hard-working, and understands education landscape.
Cindy A. Murphy, MBA
They're my school
Preetha has a deep level of passion and commitment. She is committed to the success of her company. I have no doubt she'll be incredibly s ... uccessful because of her drive and resourcefulness.
Ashwin Ram
They're my current cofounder  •  Chief Innovation Officer, Augmented Social Cognition, PARC; Co-founder, OpenStudy, Enkia; Professor, Georgia Tech. Expert in AI & CogSci.
Beyond technology, an A team needs vision, market savvy, and ability to execute. Preetha is a rare combination of all three in one. Add her ... energy, people skills, and network, and you have an entrepreneur you'd kill to acquire.
They're my friends
She is committed, smart and resourceful. I strongly recommend Preetha.
Stan Rosenschein
We worked together
Preetha is super-smart, accomplished, well-connected, and very savvy about technology trends and how to get things done. She is also great w ... ith people. I give Preetha top grades for entrepeneurial potential.
Lisa Betts-LaCroix
We worked together
I believe that Preetha's commitment to education and to change is super impressive and important. Preetha also has the extraordinary abilit ... y to be clear and articulate as well as socially engaged and effective. Her startup is an important contribution to community building in the new world of Education for the next generation.
Ryan Nurmela
Education Reformer = (University Physics Lecturer) + (Public School Teacher) + (Started with $1500) + (Micro-schooling Movement Founder)
Preetha is unpretentious about her work. She is willing to work with others and help others get started. She has a passion for connecting ch ... ildren and has built a web-based platform to do just this.
Maria Brandt
Founder, Self-employed - Internet Consulting. Previously Risk Manager for Checkout, Google. Stanford grad.
Very smart. Has clear direction of the business, and strategies to follow. Excellent communicator.

Ashwin Ram
We worked together at
He combines bold vision with thoughtful and precise execution. Big ideas+small details. Imaginative, innovative and creative problem solve ... r.

Anita Manwani
They're my friends
Anita is smart, resourceful and an extremely creative problem solver. She has deep industry expertise, finely honed business acumen, and tr ... emendous people skills. I would gladly join a startup under her lead!

Ambika Pajjuri
We worked together  •  Co-founder and Principal, KidSenz. Previously Sr. Product Manager, Silver Spring Networks. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.
Ambika is smart, driven and extremely collaborative. She is wonderful to work with, and has great product management skills.