Gunnar Counselman (CEO)
Gunnar is a former Marine HUMINT Officer who served in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa before attending the Harvard Business School. While at HBS, Gunnar performed initial research for the book Disrupting Class by Clay Christensen and Michael Horn. After HBS, Gunnar transitioned to the civilian world as a consultant with Bain and Company before starting Fidelis.
Anoop Jayadevan (CTO)
Anoop is a hands-on technologist with a passion to build products that solve meaningful problems. Prior to co-founding Fidelis with Gunnar, Anoop held product management and engineering roles at Google for 8 years. His experience at Google spans search infrastructure, developer platforms and user experience design. Anoop holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and an MBA from Wharton with major in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Anoop also serves as a board member at Vidyamandir Educational Charitable Society in India. At Fidelis, Anoop heads Product Management and Engineering efforts.
Board of Directors
Michael Horn is a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and serves as the executive director of its education program. He focuses on disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres. In 2008, Michael co-authored the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson. Newsweek cited the book 14th on its list of "Fifty Books for Our Times." Michael has written several white papers about blended learning and is coeditor with Frederick Hess of the book Private Enterprise and Public Education. He has also written articles for numerous publications including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Huffington Post, and Education Week.
Roger Novak brings over 25 years of experience as a venture capitalist, angel investor, and operating principal. Novak Biddle Venture Partners (NBVP) is a premier, early-stage venture capital firm. Currently, he serves on the boards of Capital Education Group, Digital Signal Corporation, Fidelis Education, Previstar, Parchment, Inc., UniversityNow, and SS8 Networks. Roger also serves on the Board of Trustees for Kenyon College and on the Board of Directors of Houghton, Mifflin and Harcourt.
Sharon Van Wyk
Dr. Sharon van Wyk, Chief Operations Officer of the American Public University System, leads enrollment management services, student and alumni services, and the information technology departments. She joined the university system in 2009 to help the organization continue its rapid expansion, enhance the quality of the student experience, and improve operational efficiencies.
Clay is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. He is best known for his study of innovation in commercial enterprises. His first book, The Innovator's Dilemma, articulated his theory of disruptive innovation. Christensen is also a co-founder of Innosight, a management consulting and investment firm specializing in innovation.
Major General Mike Myatt
32.5 years as a Marine Officer, leaving active service as a Major General. Commanded 22,000 Marines in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, liberating Kuwait City after defeating 8 Iraqi Army divisions in zone. After a lifetime of deployments/working outside the USA form more than 20 years, returned to USA in December 2000. Taught railroad construction until September 2001, accepting position as President/CEO of the Marines' Memorial Association.
Lloyd Armstrong is University Professor and Provost Emeritus. He served as USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs during the period 1993 until 2005, a time when the university increased greatly in quality and reputation. He led the planning which led to the 1994 Strategic Plan of the University, and the 1998 Four Year Update. Much of the improvement in the university can be attributed to the strategies and approaches articulated in those two documents.
Novak Biddle Venture Partners
Novak Biddle Venture Partners provides equity financing and assistance to the management of young, information technology companies. They seek investment opportunities where the combination of ideas, dollars, experience, and relationships can create long-term, sustainable value. Other investments include: UniversityNow, 2tor, Parchment, & AddThis.
American Public University System
Service. Leadership. Relevance in a global society. These values define our mission at American Public University System. They guide how we educate and support more than 100,000 distance learners studying in 50 states and more than 100 countries. They shape the growth of our two institutions, American Public University and American Military University. They are a roadmap for how we prepare you for successful careers.
Accel Partners is a global venture capital firm with offices located in Silicon Valley, New York, London, China, and India. They typically make multi-stage investments in internet technology companies. Founded in 1983, Accel Partners has a long history of excellence and innovation in the venture capital business. Other investments include: Facebook, AdRoll, Etsy, Zimbra, AdMob, & Kayak
O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
OATV is in the business of funding disruptors, innovators, and hackers of the status quo. From open source to the early days of the web and its recent resurgence, O'Reilly Media has played a key role as trend spotter and advocate for putting world-changing technologies on the map. OATV is our effort to bring the legacy, resources, and relationships of O'Reilly to each investment we make. Other investments include: Foursquare, Codeacademy, & bitly.
Kapor Capital invests in seed and early stage startups whose success in business generates positive social impact. We are particularly interested in new platforms and in the use of information technology to achieve those goals. Other investments include: UniversityNow, Fundly, Sunglass, & Orchestra.
We like internet ventures that make information useful. We believe we are still early in the internet story and that making information useful will be one of the next waves of opportunity. Other areas of interest include internet-enabled consumer and business services, digital media, mobile, and online advertising.