Gabriel is a frontend developer, graphic designer and programming teacher who has been developing web applications since 2001. Prior to joining Kaplan, he worked as a software architect at Nextive, being part of multiple projects under Facebook platform, including Zynga's Farmville and Energy Star's eMission.
, Product Lead/CEO
Jean leads product and UX design at Learningpod. At Kaplan Test Prep, she was the Executive Director of UX and the product owner for LSAT On Demand, winner of an EDDIE award in 2013. Prior to this, she was the Director of User Experience/Design at a number of startups, including Six Apart and Fotolog. She was the frontend developer for the Media That Matters Film Festival, winner of best nonprofit website at SXSW. Whenever she can, Jean teaches UX and web design at New York University.
Juno is a UX/UI designer with a background in fine arts. He was the Sr. Interactive Designer at Reuters for seven years, where he worked on the global reuters.com website and mobile products. He also worked at Dow Jones as a multimedia designer. Juno was raised and educated in several different countries and enjoys kendo, cooking and DJing.
Maria is an engineer with nine years of experience in web development, on both frontend and backend. She is about to get her post-degree in Systems Management. Maria is always ready to learn new languages, technologies and frameworks.
, Tech Lead
Mike brings over 15 years of experience as a technology and innovation professional to the Learningpod team. He has filled a variety of roles but has always remained hands-on, building applications ranging in scale from distributed high-availability enterprise systems to handy little Android apps. Mike combats the episodic insipidity which occasionally manifests inside the software development process with large dose of humor and a healthy mistrust of closed-source code.
, Academic Content Specialist
Nina is the team's expert on issues affecting education and serves as content curator. She has worked one-on-one with numerous middle and high school students, helping them to improve writing skills, enhance study habits, and apply to colleges. Previously, she served an an independent contractor for the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, ETS, and eduPad, a creator of educational apps for tablets and smartphones. During her corporate career, Nina was a director with KPMG, where she developed and implemented executive education programs. Nina has an AB with Honors from Brown, an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a Certificate with Distinction in College Counseling from UCLA Extension.
, QA Engineer
Pandi has over ten years of IT experience and has worked as a QA consultant for many leading healthcare, insurance and education clients. He started his career as QA Engineer in Infosys Technologies Limited and later moved on to various roles including Senior QA Engineer, Test Lead and Test Manager.
Pei brings over 12 years of experience as a designer and problem solver. She helped design and launch Kaplan's new LSAT On Demand course in 2012, with a bold and intuitive user interface. Pei worked as a senior designer for the award-winning video game company, Rockstar, where she was responsible for the redesign of the gamer-based community site, Social Club, as well as the e-commerce website.
, Dev Ops
Peter has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years, and for one of the various Washington Post Companies for the past 7 years. He's looking forward to growing with Learningpod, and watching how it helps the learning industry. Peter enjoys alpine skiing.
Sabir is an engineer with over 3 years of experience in web development at startups. He is enthusiastic in learning new technologies and adapting designs to simplify. He looks forward to growing with Learningpod. Sabir holds a degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. Outside coding, he enjoys tennis, golf and cooking.
SCOTT STEPHEN SMITH
, Outreach Manager
As outreach manager Scott focuses most of his time around the content that makes Learningpod so great, creating partnerships and fostering a community that actively gives and takes from the platform. Prior to Learningpod, Scott worked in a variety of startup roles ranging from marketing to product management. He holds a degree in Social Entrepreneurship with additional focus on French and Mandarin, both of which he speaks poorly.
, Project Manager / Scrum Master
Srijith is an experienced Agile Project Manager/Scrum Master. He has over 14 years of experience, of which 8+ years have been in learning/assessment domain. Prior to joining Kaplan, Srijith worked for Newsweek and for consulting companies like HCL and Syntel. Srijith has a Master's degree in Computer Applications and is an avid traveller and a sports nut.
Thimoty is a software engineer with more than seven years of experience in web development, working on both frontend and backend. He has also developed apps for iOS devices, and has experience with noSQL databases and social network APIs. He is very enthusiastic about new challenges and innovation.