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Ryan CraigManaging Director

Ryan Craig is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults, including boarding schools, summer camps and after-school programs. Ryan headed the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus from 2001 – 2004 where he was the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the U.S. Ryan has advised the U.S. Department of Education and served as VP Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company, from 1999 - 2001. Ryan began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He received bachelor's degrees in Literature and Economics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School. Ryan leads the firm’s investments in Revature, Credly, Portfolium, ProSky and ReUp Education. He is on the Advisory Board of UCLA Extension. Ryan is the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education, published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2015 as well as many articles published in a range of higher education, technology and general interest publications.

Daniel PiankoManaging Director

Daniel is a co-founder and Managing Director of University Ventures, a leading higher education focused investment fund with approximately $300M under management. Daniel started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, but quickly realized that he wanted to combine private capital with the creation of a next generation of socially beneficial education companies. Since leaving Goldman, he has invested in, founded, advised, or led in a number of education related businesses that led to the creation of University Ventures. Daniel currently sits on the boards of Ponce School of Medicine, Synergis Education, Galvanize, Qubed and EDEX. Daniel is also involved in his community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies and the Alumni Council of Horace Mann. Daniel graduated from Columbia University and holds an MBA and Masters of Education from Stanford University.

Gregg RosenthalManaging Director

Gregg Rosenthal is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Gregg was Vice President of Corporate Development at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (>$20b in revenues, >100,000 employees across 60+ countries). Gregg created and led the group's education services strategy, building a strong network among the sector's leading firms, entrepreneurs and stakeholders.During his tenure at the company, Gregg participated in multiple education deals spanning numerous business segments and foreign markets targeting early-stage, growth and buy-out investments. He joined Bertelsmann AG as part of the Entrepreneurs Program (BEP), focusing exclusively on education as of 2009. Previously, Gregg was founder and CEO of Language Adventures Inc., a multi-national firm offering immersion language education to school and affinity groups. He began his career as an international Media executive holding corporate development and operational roles at KirchGruppe and Sony.He has an MBA from INSEAD, having previously studied at The Wharton School, NYU-Stern and The University of Texas at Austin. Gregg speaks English, German, Spanish, French and Japanese. Gregg sits on the boards of Synergis, Ponce and EDEX and focuses on the firm’s healthcare investments.

Troy WilliamsManaging Director

Troy Williams is a Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Troy was a senior executive at Macmillan where he was CEO of Macmillan Enterprise Solutions and President of Macmillan New Ventures, managing an edtech portfolio of seven companies with a focus on data and analytics, university systems and student performance and outcomes. Troy founded and for nine years was CEO of Questia Media, an early ebook company ultimately sold to Cengage Learning. Troy received his bachelor’s degree in History, Phi Beta Kappa, from Rice University, and his law degree from the Harvard Law School where he was a member of Harvard Law Review. Troy started his career in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is on the Advisory Board of Rice University's School of Humanities. Troy focuses on investments in software and systems for universities.

Aanand RadiaManaging Director

Aanand Radia is a Managing Director at University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Aanand was a private equity investor at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where he focused on Financial Services and Special Situations. Prior to BlackRock, Aanand worked at EdisonLearning (formerly Edison Schools), an early pioneer in the charter school movement and later a diversified K-12 education technology and services company, where he focused on corporate strategy, business development, new product and finance initiatives. While at Edison, Aanand helped to develop an alternative education product offering delivered through a hybrid/blended learning environment. Aanand started his career at Patriot Capital, a middle market private equity firm, where he made investments across a broad range of industries. Aanand received his B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. “Aanand helps lead the firm’s investment in Galvanize, Revature, and the firm’s student finance related investments.

Prateek AnejaVice President

Prateek Aneja is a Vice President at University Ventures. Prateek has over 10 years of investment banking, corporate development and private equity experience focused exclusively on the education sector. Most recently, he was an investment banker in the Education Technology & Services team at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to Wells Fargo, Prateek worked at Epic Partners, an education-focused private equity firm. Prior to his role at Epic, he was in the corporate development / M&A team at Laureate Education, one of the world’s largest higher education companies, where he was responsible for evaluating higher education investments in Asia. Prateek began his career at ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique investment bank, where he focused on transactions in the education technology sector. Prateek received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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