Our Story

CourseKey was born in sunny San Diego in August of 2015. Frustrated by the lack of technological innovation in college classrooms, a group of university students dreamed of giving instructors the ability to leverage student devices to enrich the classroom experience by making it more exciting and interactive. Through months of hard work and more Jack in the Box tacos than we can count, dreams became reality and CourseKey officially launched in January 2016. The platform caught on like wildfire shortly after, spreading to more than ninety campuses throughout the country and tens of thousands of students. 

Today, CourseKey offers classroom and enterprise solutions that institutions use every day to manage and improve efficiency, retention, and compliance. We’re a passionate group of hard-working folks on a mission to build paper-free environments that allow organizations to collect, measure, and understand real-time learning at scale.

Our Values

Our values define how we work together as a team and with our users and partners. 

  • We believe in being radically transparent, even when it’s uncomfortable.
  • We practice thoughtful and respectful disagreement, always putting our honest thoughts on the table.
  • We evolve through reflection, acknowledging that progress is born from both success and pain.
  • We embrace optimism, come to work every single day excited about what we’re building, and view every challenge as a mountain waiting to be summited.
  • We practice and repeat good habits, always in pursuit of growing from beginners to experts.

Our Team

We’re a young and mighty team made up of nerds, artists, entrepreneurs, dads, dancers, and builders. With more than a little bit of “save the world” attitude, our team is just as obsessed with helping make sure your students cross the finish line as you are.

A self-described futurist, Luke has a healthy obsession with new technologies, specifically those that better education. Luke previously worked in venture capital where the positive experience spurred his jump into entrepreneurship. He also likes to play basketball, where he currently averages two points per game in his adult men's league.

App of Choice: Kindle

Luke Sophinos

Founder & CEO

Passionate about learning and problem-solving, Tom studied Electrical Engineering at Penn State and completed his MBA at the Wharton School. Tom’s eclectic career includes leadership experience in venture capital, consulting, manufacturing, and technology, with more than ten years of Board of Director and Advisory experience in education. Tom can always be counted on for a good dad joke or a quick one-liner, and when he's not in office he can be found fly fishing, walking the dogs with his wife, or spending time with his sons.

App of Choice: Flipboard

Tom Hartman

EVP, Sales

Fadee has a serious passion for building and a strong sense of curiosity. When he got his first computer, he immediately rolled up his sleeves and started taking it apart in an effort to understand how it worked. This led to him falling in love with software engineering and helping to co-found CourseKey. A big food fan, Fadee is a devout follower of the See Food Diet, and when he's not grabbing seconds or playing with technology, he's taking in a good book, manga, or comic.

App of Choice: Trello

Fadee Kannah

Chief Technology Officer

Born to two educators, Natasha has made it her mission to bring positive change to educators by dreaming up innovative tech solutions to tackle their biggest challenges. As a seasoned dance mom, Natasha taps into her organizational skills and ability to perform gracefully under pressure by regularly completing hair and costume changes in under 2 minutes.

App of Choice: Insight Timer

Natasha Conahan

Chief Client Officer

Ryan is a CourseKey co-founder and serial problem solver, which came in handy for helping develop the company from prototype to post-revenue in less than twelve months. Also known as "Mr. Get Er' Done," Ryan tackles any challenge by making the complex simple and the boring fun (and bugging the development team whenever he gets stuck).

App of Choice: Mint

Ryan Vanshur

VP, Client Success

A co-founder and product master, Marc is fascinated by the human psyche, particularly its relation to the technologies we embrace. When he’s not busy innovating on the future or searching for answers about the origin of the universe, Marc enjoys exploring new music and artists. Attending concerts is his favorite pastime, so you’re likely to find him at a local venue doing the two-step shuffle.

App of Choice: Spotify

Marc Barron

VP, Client Integration & Operations

Product Manager, Chemical Engineer, Art Curator, and Ice Cream Expert--Ariel believes in the importance of constant learning and iterative improvement. She's excited to empower students to make the most of their education and be the best version of themselves.

App of Choice: Pokemon! Go

Ariel Kunkel

Product Manager

Jerry is CourseKey's resident chameleon, adapting to whichever role gives him the best shot at building meaningful relationships. A true renaissance man, Jerry is a mixture of business, family, and old jazz music (think Frank Sinatra reincarnated). He is always on the search to grow his library and enjoys learning about new business strategies, all while sipping a cup of coffee.

App of Choice: Evernote

Jerry Olea

Account Manager

Ori is a User Experience and Interface Designer from San Diego and graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in Communication Design. She is passionate about diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in design and loves learning from users. When not working Ori enjoys spending time with her 4 pets and likes to ride her bike or scooter to the nearest craft brewery.

App of Choice: Spotify

Ori Valenzuela

UX Designer

Ashley is on a mission to create a better world through the use of technology. With her education in social work, Ashley enjoys spending her days helping students be successful and achieving their educational goals. When she's not in the office you might find Ashley hiking a mountain, dancing to Ben Harper, or researching her next adventure.

App of Choice: Lime

Ashley Jessen

Customer Success

Perched on the 20th floor with the best view of airport arrivals, Hannah considers herself an amateur air traffic controller. More than a little obsessed with aesthetics and communication nuances, she covers all aspects of CourseKey marketing. During nights and weekends, Hannah is baking bread for the team, training for a race, or rewatching The Office for the 22nd time.

App of Choice: Tumblr

Hannah Zwick

Director of Special Projects

Jackson's passion for education comes from his parents, who were both teachers. In an effort to max out his PTO, Jackson can be found traveling, trying new restaurants and enjoying the best table wine around. He’s never squandered an opportunity to eat pasta.

App of Choice: PGA Tour.

Jackson Batchelder

Enterprise Account Executive

As an ENFP, Melissa approaches things with optimism and tenacity. She flips problems into opportunities even if they are bigger than her. (It's okay, she knows self-defense.) Weekends are typically filled with spontaneous adventures, bongo jam sessions, and/or listening to TED Radio Hour all the while drinking some of her dangerously delicious kombucha.

App of Choice: MindSumo

Melissa King

Engagement Specialist

Alex brings his creativity, international background, and start-up experience to his role as CourseKey’s Content Marketing Specialist. He speaks German and has previously worked in Germany and China. Alex loves playing basketball and is an avid NBA fan. In his free time, Alex enjoys producing music and hanging with his friends.

App of Choice: NBA Gametime

Alex Weitzel

Content Marketing Specialist

Luan is passionate about Android development, fitness, and dancing. When he is not staring at his computer screen at work, Luan enjoys playing ping pong, salsa dancing, or winning board games.

App of Choice: Google Photos

Luan Nguyen

Software Engineer

After discovering his passion for programming in high school, Woo has spent more than a decade developing software. Woo builds iOS apps that feel like magic, and just so happens to be CourseKey's resident magician (no disappearing tricks with the code, though). In his spare time he enjoys feeding his curiosity about machine learning and virtual reality.

App of Choice: Robinhood

Michael Woo

Software Engineer

Fadi is an artist and mathematician with a love for web development. When not programming, Fadi can be seen fiddling with his Rubik's cube, playing ping pong, or consuming copious amount of coffee.

App of Choice: Zeplin

Fadi George

Software Engineer

Caitlin is a developer and artist with a passion for education and an obsession with thoughtful design. In her free time, you can find her riding the aerial tram at the San Diego Zoo or daydreaming about her future maritime detective agency.

App of Choice: VSCO

Caitlin Trussell

Software Engineer

For as long as he can remember, Tim has been drawn to creative pursuits. Whether through coding software or recording music, he finds thrills in the act of creating something out of nothing. When he's not building APIs or making weird noises on his synthesizer, Tim enjoys eating cookies, writing about himself in the 3rd person and sleeping.

App of Choice: Headspace

Tim Clark

Software Engineer

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