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Open Assembly

Open Assembly is a platform that helps schools and colleges assemble affordable career pathways for underserved students using free and open learning resources.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2012
  • Employees 8
  • Website openassembly.com

Company Summary

Open Assembly is a social enterprise with a SaaS collaboration platform that provides tools for schools and colleges to assemble, remix and deploy affordable degree pathways using open educational resources. Our shared mission is to increase college and career readiness for underserved students. Customers range from career pathway consortia to community colleges. Revenue comes from B2B subscriptions charged on a per-user basis.


  • Founder of Open Assembly. Domi is an educator, architect and a passionate open education advocate. She previously taught in the SUNY college system while running an architecture firm for 15 years as managing partner. Her background building high performance, technology-intensive architecture projects makes her an effective product developer and team leader. Domi holds degrees from Yale, The Cooper Union and Parsons the New School of Design.

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    Mary Elizabeth Sun
    Chief Strategy Officer

    Mary Elizabeth Sun (University of Pennsylvania), has formed over $325 million in strategic partnerships for early stage companies leading to growth and exits. She has been a founding team member or angel investor for a number of companies including Rajant, Third Wire, Airclic, Millenium Bank and World Wide Packets. She serves as president of MS Capital Tech LLC and holds a BS and an M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Platform Architect

    Experienced, creative and talented senior developer and platform architect. Since 2013, has led the platform through total redesign in Ruby, using NoSQL database (currently Neo4j) and AngularJS, authoring the majority of 60,000+ lines of code. Also has a B.A. from Syracuse University in English Textual Studies, with emphases on Political Science, Visual Arts, Computer Science, Medicine.

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    Business Operations and Finance Director

    Paula Bastos is a business consultant with 8 years experience in business modeling and finance management. She has a unique ability to translate the business strategy into an action plan and keep the whole team accountable. Paula holds a B.A. in Business Administration from University of São Paulo and an International MBA from FIA/Vanderbilt University.

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    Business Development and Marketing Director

    Susana helps organizations drive business development and create marketing strategies using a range of methodologies including business model canvas, lean startup and design thinking. Previously she was Cloud Marketing Manager for Cisco Systems, where she developed go-to-market strategies for the largest Latin American telecoms and as an industry analyst, conducted qualitative and quantitative market research in the US and Asia Pacific.


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    Steiner, Herbert & Co.
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    Stephen Carson
    Advisor (Open Courseware & Open Education)
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    Advisor (Instructional Design and Online Learning)
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    Damen Seminaro
    Advisor (Technology & Cybersecurity)
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    Paul Stacey
    Advisor (Open Business Model)
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    Alan Zeiger/Blank Rome
    Attorneys (IP and Corporate Law)

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