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Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement. To date, students have accessed more than 1 million hours of live one-on-one instruction. Additionally, through the company’s free online learning tools and mobile applications, Varsity Tutors has created a learning ecosystem of free test prep books and more than 200,000 free practice questions, answers and explanation sets across more than 150 subjects and tests.

1M

Hours of Live 1:1 Instruction

20,000

Instructors

200,000+

Practice Problems

75M

Problems Taken by Students

24/7

Online Learning Platform

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve access to education by connecting
students to top instructors through a live 1:1 learning platform.

Chuck cohn

Chuck Cohn

Founder & CEO of Varsity Tutors

As a high school honors student, Chuck struggled to find a highly effective tutor who could help him with his more difficult Advanced Placement classes and standardized test preparation. The overpriced big-name national tutoring companies didn’t offer personalized service in specific subjects and spent little time on their tutor recruitment efforts. They also didn’t sufficiently leverage learning technology and content. Searching on directory sites or tutor marketplaces yielded spotty results. Cohn recognized that there was an opportunity to facilitate best-in-class tutoring through a live learning platform and by eliminating the extra costs traditionally associated with national tutoring companies. Varsity Tutors was founded in 2007 at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Varsity Tutors Leadership

Chuck Cohn
Chuck Cohn
Founder & CEO
Ian Clarkson
Ian Clarkson
President & COO
Doug Schlenker
Doug Schlenker
CTO
Kevin Gaugush
Kevin Gaugush
Chief People Officer
Mark Simner
Mark Simner
CFO
Chuck Cohn
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Chuck Cohn is the CEO and founder of Varsity Tutors, one of the fastest-growing educational platforms in the country. Under Chuck's leadership, the company helps students connect to more than 20,000 instructors nationally. Chuck launched Varsity Tutors during college in an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course at Washington University in St. Louis. He bootstrapped the company and ran it on nights and weekends while working as a venture capitalist. Chuck, who lives in St. Louis with his wife, serves as a formal advisor to several startups and has been recognized with multiple awards, including the St. Louis Business Journal's 30 Under 30 list and Under30CEO's Top Young Entrepreneurs to Watch. Chuck serves on the Board of Directors of Gateway Media, an Internet company with 90 million monthly visitors.

Ian Clarkson
President and Chief Operating Officer

Ian Clarkson, president and COO of Varsity Tutors, oversees the Company’s product, technology, sales, and tutor recruitment efforts. Prior to joining Varsity Tutors, Ian served as the chief operating officer of Sears Home Services where he oversaw operations in product, technology, sales and field operations, among other roles, with 14,000 people reporting through him. Prior to his role at Sears, he spent 15 years at Amazon, where he worked in a variety of functions including technology, operations, service and retail. Clarkson ran the Seller Services business for Europe, overseeing a variety of products and teams in nine countries. He has a proven track record in building consumer digital products, including launching AmazonFresh as employee No. 1. Ian lives in Seattle with his wife, Tracy, and their 8-year-old twins.

Doug Schlenker
Chief Technology Officer

Doug Schlenker, CTO of Varsity Tutors, is responsible for overseeing the technology infrastructure of the Varsity Tutors website and mobile applications. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from the University of Victoria, Doug worked at Royal Roads University for 5 years where he was a key member in developing their first generation of custom learning management systems tools for online learning. With advancements in technology happening at an incredibly fast pace, Doug left the educational sector to work first with Mercurial, where he helped develop new technologies for companies such as America Online and Linden Labs, and then founded Adevia Software, a leading software and application development consultancy. His passion for learning and education was still unabated, so he began working with Varsity Tutors to scale, expand and improve its online tools.

Kevin Gaugush
Chief People Officer

Kevin Gaugush became Varsity Tutor’s Chief People Officer in 2015. Before joining Varsity Tutors, he served as the Chief People Officer of kgb and, previously, Vice President, Human Resources for the Sports & Entertainment division of ARAMARK. Prior to ARAMARK, Kevin spent five years at Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal). Kevin earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has served on the Advisory Council of Brigham Young University’s Facility Management program and on Washington State University's Hospitality Business Management Advisory Committee. He is also a regular guest speaker at Cornell University at both the Hospitality School and Business School.

Mark Simner
Chief Financial Officer

Mark Simner is the CFO of Varsity Tutors, where he has responsibility for general financial management, strategy, business intelligence and reporting. Prior to joining the team in 2015, Mark served as Vice President of Industry Analytics at Catamaran, a pharmacy benefits management company. Additionally, he has previously worked as Chief Financial Officer for Accertify, Inc. (an American Express company); Vice President, Controller for Asset Backed Securitization Operations at American Express; and Vice President, Controller for General Motors Asset Management. Additionally, Mark led the global rollout of the Sarbanes Oxley compliance efforts at GMAC Financial Services. He is originally from the United Kingdom, where he is a Chartered Management Accountant in England and Wales and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He received an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business where he graduated with distinction. He resides in St. Louis with his wife and children.

Chris Swenson
Chris Swenson
General Counsel
Greg Stahl
Greg Stahl
VP Marketing
Chris Swenson
Vice President and General Counsel

Christopher C. Swenson, vice president and General Counsel, began working with Varsity Tutors as its outside counsel shortly after the company started. He became Vice President and General Counsel in 2015 after 19 years in private practice. Chris came to Varsity Tutors from the national law firm of Polsinelli PC, an 800-attorney full-service firm, where he lead the Startup Ventures Group of the St. Louis office. Chris received his law degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Law in 1996 with distinction/Order of Bench and Robe, and received his BSBA with distinction and BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993. Chris, who resides in St. Louis, has a wife and three children; he serves on the board of Angels' Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to helping sibling groups stay together during foster care before finding permanent homes.

Greg Stahl
Vice President of Marketing

Greg Stahl is the vice president of marketing at Varsity Tutors, where he oversees all brand, direct response and content marketing initiatives, as well as the company’s Learning Tools team. Prior to joining Varsity Tutors in early 2015, Greg worked in marketing and sales strategy at Google, where he managed a team covering Google's largest media and creative agency relationships. At Google, Greg negotiated multi-year advertising deals with agency holding companies, created internal and external analytical and productivity tools, and drove growth initiatives spanning Google's advertising product suite. Before Google, Greg worked in investment banking for J.P. Morgan, advising on mergers, acquisitions, and debt and equity capital raises for Fortune 500 corporations. Greg graduated Summa Cum Laude from Babson College. He lives with his fiancée in St. Louis.

Varsity Tutors Board of Directors

Chuck Cohn
Chuck Cohn
Erik Blachford
Erik Blachford
David Karandish
David Karandish
Woody Marshall
Woody Marshall
Chuck Cohn

Chuck Cohn is the CEO and founder of Varsity Tutors, one of the fastest-growing educational platforms in the country. Under Chuck's leadership, the company helps students connect to more than 20,000 instructors nationally. Chuck launched Varsity Tutors during college in an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course at Washington University in St. Louis. He bootstrapped the company and ran it on nights and weekends while working as a venture capitalist. Chuck, who lives in St. Louis with his wife, serves as a formal advisor to several startups and has been recognized with multiple awards, including the St. Louis Business Journal's 30 Under 30 list and Under30CEO's Top Young Entrepreneurs to Watch. Chuck serves on the Board of Directors of Gateway Media, an Internet company with 90 million monthly visitors.

Erik Blachford

Erik was the President and CEO of IAC Travel, managing all of IAC’s travel assets including Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire. Erik joined IAC with its acquisition of Expedia, Inc, where he served as President and CEO. Erik helped establish Expedia within Microsoft in 1995 where he led the creation of the brand as SVP of marketing, and later served as the president of Expedia North America, and ultimately was named President and CEO in 2003. Erik has previously served as Executive Chairman of Couchsurfing, a hospitality exchange and social networking website; CEO of TerraPass, a leading retailer of carbon offsets, consumer energy efficiency products, and green gifts; and as the CEO of Butterfield & Robinson, a world leader in top quality active travel. Erik is currently a member of the board of directors at both Zillow and Glassdoor, in addition to Varsity Tutors.

David Karandish

David is the CEO of Answers Corporation, the parent company of notable Internet brands including Answers.com and ForeSee. Prior to joining Answers, David was the CEO of Expo Group, an online resource in the consumer mortgage industry. David earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating Cum Laude.

Woody Marshall

Woody joined TCV in 2008 and has been in the venture capital industry since 1995. Woody's primary investment focus is in the payments, internet and mobile industries. Prior to joining TCV, Woody spent 12 years at Trident Capital, a leading venture capital and private equity firm where he focused on the payments, internet and mobile markets. Woody earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Dollar Shave Club, GoFundMe, HomeAway, Minted, and Spotify, and has been involved in the firm’s investments in Facebook, Electronic Arts, Green Dot, Netflix, Groupon and VICE Media. Woody is also on the Board of Trustees of Hamilton College.

Varsity Tutors Board Observers

Nari Ansari
Nari Ansari
Ramzi Ramsey
Ramzi Ramsey
Chris Sims
Chris Sims
Nari Ansari

Nari joined TCV in 2006. He spends time primarily in the business services and software space. Nari is currently on the Board of Directors of HireVue, and has been involved in the firm’s investments in Avalara, K12, Merkle, OneSource Virtual, and Open English. Prior to TCV, Nari spent several years as a Business Analyst in the San Francisco office of McKinsey and Company. While at McKinsey, Nari focused on strategy, operations, and private equity engagements in the semiconductor, storage, and software sectors. Nari holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Ramzi Ramsey

Ramzi joined TCV in 2014 and spends time primarily in the internet, mobile and software sectors. Prior to TCV, Ramzi was an investor with TA Associates in the technology group. While at TA, Ramzi focused on sourcing, evaluating and executing investments across the financial technology, software, and information services sectors. Before TA, Ramzi started his career as an investment banker with Citigroup's mergers and acquisitions group where he covered the communications, chemicals, and industrials sectors. He was also a co-founder of Araboh.com, an education ecommerce company, and has launched several apps on the Apple and Google App Stores. Ramzi received his M.B.A from Harvard Business School, and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University.

Chris Sims

Chris serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Answers Corporation, the parent company of notable Internet brands including Answers.com and ForeSee. Chris is responsible for traffic acquisition strategy and management at Answers. Previously, he was the Chief Information Officer of Expo Group, an online resource in the consumer mortgage industry. He was the first full-time employee at MonsterCommerce (acquired by Network Solutions in 2006), where he served in sales and software development roles. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating Cum Laude.

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