Meet brightwheel.

Our Story

Early education – preschool, childcare, camps, 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Educators are mired in paperwork and licensing requirements, often using a mixture of outdated tools, spreadsheets, and paper forms… Parents are left in the dark during the day with no connection to their kids and no easy way to communicate with their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 early education providers 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.
Ashley Ryan
Success

Ashley is from Utah and spent time teaching English in Italy before moving to the Bay Area. She continued on to work at Square for  3 years before joining Brightwheel. She loves making a difference in people’s lives and loves being on the front line providing schools with support every day!

Allison Hall
Engineering

Allison is a front end engineer with a passion for technology outreach and education. She previously worked at LinkedIn. Allison also runs half marathons, knows way too much about Star Wars, is learning photography, and loves to travel.

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.

Celine Junke
Marketing

Céline’s career has been focused on education and technology, having spent time with the Clinton Global Initiative, McGill University, Zendesk, & Teach For Canada. She loves to explore the world, try new sports, and embrace new culinary experiences.

Corey Colgan
Sales

Corey grew up in Vermont, white water kayaking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. He moved to San Francisco with his wife-to-be and started his career in tech in 2009. He enjoys the great outdoors, spending time with his wife and his pup, and all things mechanical.

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.

Hallie Pond
Customer Success

Hallie is stoked on curating transformative experiences. At 19, she moved to Senegal and started her career teaching English.  Since then, she’s dabbled in youth leadership, non-profits, retail, and financial technology.  She’s passionate about building seamless experiences for the teachers who use brightwheel!

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.

Jaime Babeaux
Sales

Jaime is in the business of delighting brightwheel customers and bringing on board new ones. She was an English teacher and, long before that, an exuberant kid. She still enjoys popsicles, coloring, and dancing her heart out.

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
Customer Success

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.

Jordan Rozsa
Customer Success

Jordan is passionate about helping others and making a difference in the world. Before brightwheel, she spent time at Square and Indiegogo. Jordan enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with friends. She’s also a dog lover and an amateur cheese connoisseur.

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.

Leslie Laws
People

Leslie is a Miami, FL native and Harvard graduate and has worked in the People functions at Square, Facebook, and Netflix. She believes that building an amazing employee experience leads to better products and happier customers.

Noel McCullar
Customer Success

Noel started his career as a high school and collegiate women’s basketball coach. After coaching, he worked on some amazing ops teams including Google Glass, Apple Maps, and Base CRM. He enjoys great music, and time with family and friends.

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.

Ryan Chance
Sales

Ryan loves to make people’s lives easier with technology. Joining us from Salesforce.com, he is a proud uncle to 5 nephews, dog dad, and an avid hockey player. He also enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Sarah Durst
Sales

Sarah has over a decade of experience spanning global education, booking management software, and now early education technology. Originally from the Hoosier State, she is passionate about cultural exploration, family, and trail running.

Scott Hardy
Engineering

Scott is a software engineer with a desire to make education more efficient and easier for teachers. He loves to get outdoors, drink beer, and spend quality time with friends.

Our Investors

We are proud to have an incredible group of investors on our side, including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CrossLink Capital, Eniac Ventures, GGV Capital, Golden Venture Partners, ICONIQ, Lowercase Capital, Mark Cuban Companies, Red Swan Ventures, RRE Ventures, Sherpa Ventures, and notable angel investors. Full investor list.
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: Our Pitch, Full Episode Guide.
And here’s our founder talking about our most recent investment.

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.