About - brightwheel

Meet brightwheel.

Our Story

Early education – daycare, preschool, after school – is so critical for a child’s development, a must for working families, and an industry filled with talented educators across the globe. So why is the system so broken?

Educators often manage both a classroom and a business, using a mixture of outdated tools, spreadsheets, and paper forms… Parents are left in the dark during the day with no connection to their kids and no easy way to communicate with their school.

We’ve done a lot of listening, a lot of observing. We’ve spent countless hours in daycares and classrooms of all shapes and sizes. We knew there had to be a better way.  Brightwheel is focused on making life easier for administrators, teachers, and families – while fixing some of the systemic issues in early education. We’ve worked hard to ensure that brightwheel is intuitive, easy, and fun to use. And we’re just getting started!

Meet the Team

We are a team of engineers, operators, and educators – passionate about making a difference.

Brett Lyon
Engineering

Brett’s an iOS developer with a background in product and design. Assorted stats: runs a 6.7 40, squats 125 and benches 85. Also, one time he went to the zoo.

Christina Lucey
Product Development

Christina gets up in the morning to build things that people enjoy. She’s led product efforts at BlackBerry, Yammer, Microsoft, and Zinc. As her parents are teachers, she inherited the genes that express empathy, a love of learning, and having eyes in the back of your head.

Dave Vasen
Founder

Dave’s career has been focused on education, having served in leadership roles with AltSchool, Amazon, Cisco, & Teach for America. The inspiration for brightwheel came from his favorite role – Serena’s daddy – and talking with pre-K educators across the country, while the support came from his wife Simoina.

Guillaume Delente
Engineering

Guillaume has worked at Lovely, Mention, and Critizr. He has been creating Android apps since 2009 and is focused on building great products. Likes kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and shooting pool.

Jeff Buening
Operations

Jeff has worked in various leadership roles at GE, NBCU, Hulu, & Chegg, and he co-founded a charity to serve underprivileged youth. He’s the proud uncle of 8 nieces & nephews and extremely passionate about education.

Jen Raskin
Marketing

Jen has successfully worn many hats: social worker, school teacher, and instructional coach. As the mother of a 6 year old, she also answers an average of 237 questions a day.

Kevyn Klein
Customer Success

Kevyn loves helping schools embrace technology. Previously, she ran the Customer Success department at Edmodo. As a former teacher herself, she is always learning new things. Her most recent learning challenge: Muay Thai Boxing.

Katie Talwar
Customer Success

Katie is passionate about early childhood development and education equality. Prior to joining brightwheel she worked in education and has had firsthand experience in the classroom as a preschool teacher.

Kamran Pirwani
Engineering

Kamran is a generalist engineer whose interest in education was piqued while working on educational games at Zynga. He is also a fitness enthusiast, self-proclaimed master chef, dog lover, and a novice rock climber.

Karen Howard
Customer Success

Karen’s curiosity and thirst to learn has led her to a career in education technology. Prior to brightwheel, she spent time at Instructables, Autodesk, and Bloc. She enjoys getting lost in new places, embarrassing herself in trendy gyms, and being cheesy in both diet and wordplay.

Neil Shah
Engineering

Neil began his career as an NYC high school teacher. After teaching, he worked as a software engineer for Bonobos and NatureBox. He enjoys rock climbing, running, and ultimate frisbee.

Our Investors

We are proud to have an incredible group of investors on our side, including CrossLink Capital, Eniac Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, Lowercase Capital, Mark Cuban Companies, Red Swan Ventures, RRE Ventures, Sherpa Ventures, and notable angel investors. This group believes in our mission and is aligned with our focus on building a company that puts teachers and parents first.

In case you missed it, we welcomed Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca to our team on ABC’s Shark Tank. Watch the episode here.

Careers at brightwheel

Passionate about early education? Us too. We’re always on the lookout for bright minds to join our team. Drop us a line or click below for current openings.