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Ryan Nurmela

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Education Reformer = (University Physics Lecturer) + (Public School Teacher) + (Started with $1500) + (Micro-schooling Movement Founder)

Education Reformer = (University Physics Lecturer) + (Public School Teacher) + (Started with $1500) + (Micro-schooling Movement Founder)

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Primary Skillsets

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
  • UI/Design

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Classroom Teacher
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In


QuantumCamp, Inc.
Leaf Education, Inc.

Side Projects

bigCampus, Inc.


Managing Director bigCampus, Inc. March 2014 - present
Co-Founder and CEO QuantumCamp, Inc. December 2008 - May 2014
Co-Founder and CEO Leaf Education, Inc. January 2012 - October 2013
SAT Mathematics Trainer IvyMax Inc July 2008 - November 2010
Private Math and Physics Tutor Self-Employed September 2003 - April 2010
Mathematics Teacher Manzanita Middle School August 2007 - January 2010
Math and Science Teacher Space Exploration Academy July 2006 - July 2007
Math and SAT Instructor Sylvan Learning January 2000 - October 2005
Physics Lecturer San Francisco State University August 2003 - May 2005
Graduate Lab Instructor San Francisco State University August 2002 - June 2004
Graduate Assistant Dale Carnegie Training of St. Louis October 1998 - July 2000
Mathematics Tutor University of Missouri August 1994 - August 1998


Alliant International University-San Francisco Bay Math, Physics 2006 - 2007
San Francisco State University Physics 2002 - 2004
University of Missouri-Saint Louis Physics 1999 - 2000
University of Missouri-Columbia Physics, Math, minor History 1994 - 1998

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Advisor With
  • • Marketing
  • • Education
  • • Networking
  • • Retail
  • • Employee Training
Markets of Interest
  • • micro-schooling
  • • private schools

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Sales Strategy • Higher Education • Public speaking • Education Management • Special education

Key Accomplishments

I have previously co-founded two companies in the education space. One that was started with only $1500 and never received funding and that is growing in the most difficult education sector: brick-and-mortar. The other was digital and unfunded; where through thousands of man hours I learned more about business than any course could have ever taught me.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I have had great success working with others by beginning small and slowly increasing our mutual commitment to each other. I believe in setting clear expectations up front and following through on those expectations.

As an Advisor

My experience as a classroom teacher/lecturer has taught me
- to listen very carefully and to probe as carefully as I listen.
- how to work with a wide range of people.
This helps me work quickly and efficiently towards strong solutions that make sense for the person/team that I'm working with.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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

Kunal Kumar

I worked very closely with Kunal for a period of one year. He is a natural self-starter, self-leaner. He knows how to take action, understan ... ds how to build business strategy, works great in a team, is a great team leader. I would work with him again in a heartbeat. He loves marketing. He loves social causes.

Kunal Kumar
We worked together at Leaf Education, Inc.
Kunal works hard to create deliverables, an invaluable quality for an entrepreneur. He has a passion for good ideas and sees the good all ar ... ound him. He has the ability to hire and motivate a team to action.