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panOpen

panOpen provides the tools and services colleges require to adopt open educational resources, dramatically lowering costs and improving learning outcomes.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded April 2013
  • Employees 6
  • Website panopen.com

Company Summary

panOpen combines faculty-curated open source content and leading learning technologies in a seamless, easy-to-use platform. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks, students pay a small platform fee for access to high quality and technologically-rich open source courseware and tools. The institutional benefit is massive, as the application lowers educational costs while improving student learning outcomes.

Team

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    Founder and CEO

    Dr. Brian Jacobs is the founder and CEO of panOpen. He also founded Akademos, an online bookstore and textbook marketplace, and currently sits on its board as Chairman. As an academic from Cornell, Brian directly experienced the inefficiencies of the textbook industry. He saw that emerging technologies could lower costs and improve student learning outcomes. Brian holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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    Chief Product Officer

    Josh previously founded Highlighter.com, a self-publishing platform aimed at Higher Education, that included learning analytics, social learning tools and mobile technologies for faculty and students. Highlighter.com was a member of Seattle’s inaugural class of Techstars in 2010. At panOpen, his role is to drive the roadmap behind our product by working directly faculty and students as well as with our development teams. Josh holds a BS from ASU.

Previous Investors

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    Don Kendall, Don Burton, John Dennis
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    Dr. Ed Roberts
    Founder & Chair, Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, MIT; David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology, MIT
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    Kaplan, Inc.
    Learning and Test Prep Company
    Unconfirmed
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    CEO, Noodle Education; founder, Princeton Review, 2U
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    CFO, Princeton Review, Tutor.com, VP for investments and M/A
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    Rafael Mayer
    Managing Partner, Khronos, LLC., a NYC-based hedge fund
    Unconfirmed
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    Techstars
    Unconfirmed