Mark Grovic is a General Partner and co-founder of New Markets Venture Partners in 2003. In addition to serving on the board of Think Through Learning Mark serves or has served on the Board of Directors for Graduation Alliance, Fishtree, Lightningcast, Moodlerooms and Workspace.com. Mark also serves or has served as a board observer for 10 start up software companies. Mark also co-founded LifeJourney; an online educational company that allows students to test-drive real life careers in specific corporations. Prior to New Markets, Mark was a Portfolio Manager for the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, a $200 million managed emerging market venture capital company, Director of Estonia-based Baltic Small Equity Fund, a Co-Founder and Principal of the Templeton Emerging Europe Fund, as Principal of Templeton Direct Advisors, and a Portfolio Manager of Private Equities at the Calvert Group.
Mark is a VC in Residence and Professor of Venture Capital and Ethics at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He has 14 years experience in higher education as an instructor, administrator, and serves as an advisor to numerous technology transfer, incubator, and entrepreneurship organizations. He has earned three awards for his instruction at UMD and at Howard University, plus a fellowship awarded for the innovative use of technology in the classroom.
Mark graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in Political Economies and he earned a Juris Doctor at Georgetown University, where his focus was in international business, tax, and corporate law.
In addition to being an ed tech investor and professor, Mark strongly believes in giving back to the educational community and is an active volunteer and activist for education causes. Mark helped found and served as Board Director of the Baltimore Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, is the Board Chair at Emerson Preparatory High School in Washington, DC and serves as Chair of the Business Advisory Board of Venture Philanthropy Partner’s Youth Connect program which includes KIPP DC, College Summit, Latin American Youth Center, Metro Teen Aids, Urban Alliance and Year Up.
Robert Bowen is one of the most accomplished educational technology executives in the United States. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Scientific Learning, an electronic learning company that leverages advanced research about the brain to improve literacy outcomes.
Bob has more than four decades of success in building or helping build market leaders in K-12 education. Prior to joining Scientific Learning, Bob was president of NCS Education Software and Services. He built a small business into the leader of enterprise software solutions with a 40 percent market share. NCS Education Software and Services won numerous awards for the quality of its software offerings. NCS was sold to Pearson in the fall of 2000 for $2.5 billion. Previously Bob spent 17 years with McGraw Hill, last serving as executive vice president of McGraw-Hill’s Education and Training group, which included seven divisions with total revenues of approximately $350 million. Mr. Bowen began his career as a high school math teacher, and later as a school district administrator. Mr. Bowen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Arrun Kapoor is a Managing Director at SJF Ventures, an impact investing venture fund focused on partnering with rapidly growing companies that address social or environmental problems. He is an advisory board member of two incubators–NYC ACRE: NYU-Poly and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Green Business Accelerator. He is on the board of FieldView Solutions and has been a board observer to ServiceChannel and Truist, a software company that facilitates corporate giving and philanthropy programs. Kapoor was most recently with Bain & Company in London and Delhi where he launched the firm’s internal green practice initiatives. Prior to Bain, he was a founding member and manager with a successful consulting start-up in New York and London. He holds an M.A. in International Political Economics from the London School of Economics and completed a B.A. from New York University with an economics and business focus.
Arrun resides in New York with his wife and child. He leads his fund’s work with education companies and specific areas within resource efficiency and sustainability. He enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs who have a passion for building rapidly scaling businesses and, in doing, make the world a better place. He is a Ventures Advisor to the SJF Institute, a not-for-profit organization that helps to support social entrepreneurs in a range of sectors including education, health/wellness, and the environment.
Robert Marcus is the managing partner at the law firm of Marcus and Mack. Robert was an early investor in Think Through Learning and has supported the Company in each of the capital rounds raised to date. Robert is a past Chairman of the Indiana County School-to-Work Partnership. He previously held Board positions for the Indiana County Development Corporation and the Center for Economic Operations. Robert currently serves as a Director for the Board of the Indiana County United Way, the Indiana County Strategic Planning Commission, and the Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is currently a Team Pennsylvania Ambassador and a member of the PA Liquor Control Board. Robert has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since 1977 and holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School Of Law and a BA from Syracuse University.
John W. (Jack) Martin is an independent financial consultant with a thirty year background as an executive and advisor in public and private companies. Jack has played a significant role in a number of financing, partnership, and purchase transactions involving businesses defined by unique intellectual property, creative people, and remarkable growth. Jack joined Groove Networks in 1998 as its vice president of finance and administration. He advised Groove and its founder Ray Ozzie on its startup plan and early financing strategy, served as its CFO, and oversaw the financing and merger transactions between Groove and Microsoft, while serving as a Board member on two venture-funded clients during this period.
Jack’s software industry involvement began in 1987 at Lotus Development Corporation, where he served as the corporate VP of Finance before assuming finance and business development responsibilities for a newly formed Communication Products Division. Previously, Jack served as Senior VP and CFO of Courier Corporation, a publicly held printer and specialty publisher of trade, educational and religious books. Jack has completed or managed a large number of other acquisition, divestiture, and licensing transactions during his career that began as a CPA and audit manager at Arthur Andersen after graduating from the University of Notre Dame.
Kevin is passionate about building teams that create breakthrough programs that powerfully improve learning. He has led four educational organizations to strong growth and actively supports K-12 causes. As CEO of Triumph Learning, he led its team’s growth from 45 to over 400 employees. Kevin also led Films Media Group, Newbridge Educational Publishing, and the Channel One network and advised The Walt Disney Company on its global education strategy. He has spoken on technology and learning at SIIA, BMO Back to School, EdNET and ASU Education Innovation Summit conferences. Kevin is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School. Kevin is a co-finalist for the national Ernst & Young 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
Kevin was recognized by the New York City Schools Chancellor for his work on behalf of high-needs schools. After being Principal for a Day at PS 40, Kevin raised over $100,000 in cash, books, technology and supplies for it and other New York schools. Kevin was honored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children along with the Director of the FBI and America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh for educating children on Internet safety. He was also honored for his work on behalf of The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Association of Hispanic School Administrators. He began his career at the WGBH Educational Foundation where he was a leader of Emmy Award-winning production teams.
Jeffrey McCormick is the founder and Managing Partner of Saturn Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm founded in 1993. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Jeff has helped build valuable companies in software tools, education, biotechnology and alternative energy. He works closely with management teams to develop strategic relationships and formulate product development, marketing, and distribution strategies. In addition to Think Through Learning, he serves on the boards of American Made (specialty materials), SureLogic (software), Knopp Biosciences (an ALS treatment) and Applied Clean Tech (waste management/energy), among others.
Residing in Boston with his wife and three children it is tremendously important to Jeff to be an active participant in his community. He is the Founding Principal Sponsor of the Sean McDonough Charities for Children, whose goal is to raise and distribute funds to children’s charities throughout Massachusetts. Education and mentoring are an area of great interest for Jeff. As an alumnus of Syracuse University, where he holds his MBA in finance and BS in biology, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Whitman School of Management. His pay-it-forward attitude also inspires his commitment to providing internships as well as mentoring and collaborative programs at Saturn, giving him the opportunity to share his experience, knowledge and success with up-and-coming leaders.