Team

Michael Karnjanaprakorn

Michael Karnjanaprakorn

CEO & Co-Founder

Michael is the CEO and Co-Founder of Skillshare, an online community to learn real-world skills from the world's best teachers. Michael founded Skillshare in 2011 with an ambitious mission: to provide quality education to anyone, anywhere. Previously, Michael developed products and services that organized the creative world at Behance (acquired by Adobe), led the product team at Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook), and was a Venture Advisor for Collaborative Fund. Michael is a TED Fellow and listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He's a graduate of the University of Virginia and VCU Brandcenter. Michael currently lives in the East Village, New York City.

Chris Maliwat

Chris Maliwat

VP of Product

Chris is the Head of Product at Skillshare, delivering a world-class student experience. Previously, Chris led commerce and retail partnerships for the Strategic Partnership Development group at Facebook. He also served as Vice President of Product Management for Gilt Groupe. Prior to moving to New York, Chris was Director of Product Management for Personalization at Netflix and was a Senior Global Product Manager for eBay. Chris is currently on the Advisory Board of Face Value, a nonprofit project of the Tides Center and affiliated with Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Chris holds a BS in symbolic systems / human-computer interaction from Stanford University and has completed MBA coursework at The Wharton School of Business.

Eric Ma

Eric Ma

Head of Growth

As Head of Growth, Eric develops innovative products to grow Skillshare's community around the globe. He joined the team in 2011 as the company’s 5th hire and has helped chart Skillshare’s growth from early-stage startup to one of the leaders in online learning. Prior to joining Skillshare, Eric was a developer at Jumo and co-founder of a startup in San Francisco. Eric holds a BS in computer science and an MS in management science & engineering from Stanford. Eric currently lives in New York City.

Abigail Besdin

Abigail Besdin

Head of Content

Abigail leads Skillshare’s content team, building the world’s highest quality course catalog of real-world skills. Since joining the team in December 2011, she has helped reinvent online learning by forging partnerships with hundreds of expert teachers and redesigning the educational experience. Before joining Skillshare, Abigail was responsible for developing brand partnerships at Meetup. Prior to that she was on her way to a Philosophy PhD when she realized education needed a transformation. She’s a graduate of New York University and lives in Brooklyn.

Mathias Guttu

Mathias Guttu

Head of Sales

Mathias is bringing the power of skills-based learning to enterprises as Head of Sales. Prior to joining Skillshare, Mathias held various leadership roles in the sales organization at ZocDoc including Area Sales Manager, Sales Operations, and Launch Specialist Lead. Specifically, Mathias focused on launching new cities, increasing productivity and driving process through the sales organization as the company grew from 20 to over 450 employees. Before ZocDoc, Mathias was the SVP of Investments at Allen Partners, a boutique investment firm. Mathias is a graduate of Boston University. He is a New York native and lives in Williamsburg.

Glenda Felden

Glenda Felden

Head of Communication & PR

As Head of Communications & PR, Glenda is growing the Skillshare brand across channels through strategic media relations, storytelling and engagement. Prior to joining Skillshare, she defined the brand and managed media and marketing strategy as Director of Marketing and Communications at Charitybuzz. Before Charitybuzz, she led public relations campaigns for internet, consumer and lifestyle brands at Middleberg Communications and 5WPR, as well as advised award-winning web start-ups. She is co-founder of the Social Good For Profit Meetup in New York City and graduated from the University of Florida magna cum laude.