CEO & Co-founder
Michael is the CEO/co-founder of Skillshare, a community marketplace for classes. Previously, Michael led the product team at Hot Potato, which was acquired by Facebook, and developed products and services that organized the creative world at Behance. Michael is also a Venture Advisor for Collaborative Fund, a 2012 TED Fellow, and was listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 by Fast Company. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and VCU Brandcenter.
Chris moved to New York in 2010 all the way from England. Although a Developer, he also likes pictures and graduated with a design degree before moving state-side. Prior to Skillshare, Chris helped to make the Internet at The Barbarian Group and is also the co-founder of The Brilliant Design Lecture and a project called 3-UP. He currently likes brightly-colored t-shirts.
Before joining Skillshare, Andrew worked as an interaction designer at R/GA working on projects for Converse and Nike+. When not working, he enjoys getting lost in strange cities around the world, toy making (little animals with security cams as heads), and the occasional indie rock/gangster rap concert. Andrew attended Carnegie Mellon University and doubled-up in Communication Design and Human-Computer Interaction.
Eric is a recent transplant to New York, moving back to the east coast after living in the Bay Area for the past 6 years. Before joining Skillshare, he was a Developer at Jumo, and also worked on a startup he co-founded in San Francisco for 2 years. Eric is a big Packers and Stanford sports fan.
Before Skillshare, Stephen worked at IA Ventures as a summer analyst and at 1BOG as a community developer. He also studied Environmental Engineering and worked with charity: water before diving head first into the startup world. Aside from being a MFFL, Stephen enjoys bananas, swimming and everything in between.
Brand Partnerships & Business Development
Before joining the Skillshare team, Abigail worked on brand partnerships at Meetup. Prior to that she was on her way to a Philosophy PhD when she realized education could use an overhaul. A native New Yorker, she now lives abroad in Brooklyn and in her spare time, watches way too much TV and does not enough yoga. The next skill she learns will be to design and produce her own clothes.
A North Carolina native, Dan graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in Theatre and Computer Science. After completing an acting apprenticeship at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, he moved to New York in 2010 and began work as web developer. Before joining Skillshare, Dan worked at Rokkan Media, a small digital agency which counts Chipotle and JetBlue among its clients. His skills include the ability to solve a Rubik's cube in 2:13.
Ethan is a creative thinker and recent graduate of the Hartford Art School. He is a national board member with AIGA, the professional association for design, the author of Creative Grab Bag, published by HOW Books in 2009, and is an Eagle Scout. Before joining Skillshare, his work focused on the future of learning and using design to make a positive impact. In his free time, Ethan enjoys the traveling, blueberry pancakes, and the outdoors.
Elliott initially began his journey on Skillshare teaching local classes on the subject of Sneakerology, a college accredited course he co-founded back in 2008 while attending Carnegie Mellon University. He has since been called up from the minors and is excited to join the team in NYC. When not adhering to the rigors of office life, Elliott is either tending to his fashion startups vitaminTHICK and Ellsworth & Clyde, traveling to foreign cities in search of pickup basketball, or coming up with triple word answers in Scategories.
After graduating Columbia University with degrees in Film Studies and Economics, Michael shifted gears and became a marketer / web developer for Manhattan GMAT, a small GMAT test prep start-up. Shortly after the company was acquired by Kaplan, Michael left to freelance for NYC start-ups before landing at Skillshare. Michael enjoys a good story, electronic music, and well-poured Guinness.
Before moving to New York to join Skillshare, Loren lived and worked in San Francisco, where he danced lindy hop, played board games, explored wine country, and took oil painting classes while he worked as a product manager for The Experience Project. Before that he studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Stanford University, where he got his B.S. and M.S.
Prior to joining Skillshare, Amanda managed e-commerce acquisition marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue and cut her teeth in the advertising industry working on some of the world's largest brands (e.g. Google, Oreo, AXE). She grew up on three continents and is a graduate of Tufts University. Amanda enjoys air conditioning in the summer, pisco sours, and singing 90s pop music at karaoke.
After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate NY, Angie made her way down to NYC and joined the travel startup Wanderfly. After the company was acquired, she continued to improve her programming skills at Hacker School. Besides coding, Angie also enjoys hot yoga, swimming, and dancing at electronic music shows.
T.T. is a recent graduate from Harvard Business School and previously worked at Chegg and Oliver Wyman prior to joining Skillshare. She grew up in Thailand, studied neuroscience during her undergraduate stint at Stanford, and loves everything about the edtech space.
Andrew graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a B.A. in Communcation and the Arts. Before Skillshare, Andrew worked at LivingSocial as a Sales Team Lead and finished his tenure there as the National Salesforce.com Trainer. He has lived in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. before recently moving back to New York, his home state. Andrew is an avid Mets and Jets fan, one-time fantasy football champ, and enjoys spending time with his dog Jackson.
At Skillshare, Gregory searches wide and far to find the world’s best instructors to teach our classes. He joins us after spending nearly 4 years in China, where he worked in sales enablement at Lenovo Global HQ and earned an MBA at Peking University. Curious to no end, you are as equally likely to find Gregory outside taking pictures (he has an undergraduate degree in photography) as you are to find him experimenting in the kitchen (he just really loves to eat).
Jesse moved to New York in 2013 after receiving his MFA from UCLA's Design Media Arts program, where he made art installations based on childhood dreams of being cool. He enjoys wood and metal working, but fancies himself a digital craftsman who makes things that only sometimes work. In addition to making videos for Skillshare, he crashes weddings on behalf of a filmmaking collective called Ceremony Independent. His favorite color is #1D2951. Jesse also received his B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University but please don't hold that against him.
Kurt Yalcin studied Journalism and Urban Design at NYU and began his foray into the start-up scene as a copywriter in San Francisco. He transitioned into marketing while working as the Marketing and Community Manager for the online art gallery UGallery.com. After two years in SF, Kurt returned to NYC to cultivate his East Coast roots.
After graduating with a BA in Economics from Columbia University, Nicole moved back to her native San Francisco to join the Strategy and Operations team at Wildfire, a social media software start-up. A year after their acquisition by Google, she found her way back to NYC as Skillshare’s Teacher Community Manager. Outside of Skillshare, Nicole enjoys playing tennis, traveling to tropical climates and spending time with her two australian shepherds, Roxi and Coco.
Krystyn leads design and brings over a decade of brand and product experience to our team. Previously, she was the Senior Designer at Squarespace, and has worked with notable names like Kiehls, ABC News, American Express, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, Marc Eckō, Revision3, AT&T, Cadillac, and This American Life. She likes curly braces, jukeboxes, comically false eyelashes, handclaps, random acts of kindness and her dog, Pixel.
Head of Teacher Recruitment
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 of which he was the first employee. At Allen Partners he played an integral role in scaling the organization to over 100 people and offices across the country. Mathias is a New York native and lives in Williamsburg.
A born and bred New Yorker, Xavier graduated from Fordham University with a degree in English and Comparative Literature. Before landing at Skillshare, he worked at Warner Music and Atlantic Records doing International Marketing. In his free time, Xavier is sure to be found working on vintage motorcycles, shooting photos or eating way too much chicken parm.