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CourseHorse Co-Founder: People Are Spending Locally in Adult Education

StreetFight • Feb. 11, 2016

When Nihal Parthasarathi discovered that people were giving up on taking local classes because there was no organized method to search for them, he co-founded CourseHorse. The company, which recently announced that it has raised $4 million in Series B funding, powers a local discovery engine connecting students and classes (and taking a commission on every registration).

Red Ventures invests $4M in company that helps fill empty classroom seats

Charlotte Business Journal • Jan. 14, 2016

Red Ventures is investing $4 million in a New York-based company that helps fill empty seats in classrooms for mostly general-interest courses in three major U.S. cities. Currently, Manhattan-based CourseHorse connects students with classes primarily in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. But the additional investment from Red Ventures will likely allow it to fill seats in other cities.

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Founders / Key Team

Nihal Parthasarathi
Nihal Parthasarathi
CEO & Co-Founder

A marketing and finance major and creative writing minor at NYU (’08), Nihal Parthasarathi joined the hired Telecom, Media and Entertainment group of Capgemini as an education and technology consultant.  He was placed on a strategy project to determine the future of online education for a large provider of test-prep classes in the US.  He then helped lead each phase of the overhaul of the student facing web platform that enabled students to research and buy classes, as well as the development and implementation of a Learning Management System that made managing classes and schedules easier for the company. Nihal graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU.

Katie Kapler
Katie Kapler
EVP of Marketing & Co-Founder

A double major in economics and journalism at NYU (’07), Katie joined the founding team for Biz2Credit, a startup that connects small businesses with credit. Katie architected and managed the development of an online small business marketplace that connected entrepreneurs with lenders using a proprietary financial analysis algorithm. Within a year, she had developed the website concept, hired and managed the development team, and conducted all marketing and partnership efforts for a site that generated 5,000 unique monthly visitors and 500 paid subscriptions within the first six months. Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU.

Evan Fain
Evan Fain
Business Development / Marketing

Evan manages business development for CourseHorse, including both school acquisition and consumer marketing. Most recently, he led the local sales strategy team at Patch, a nationwide network of community news and information sites owned by AOL. Previously, he co-founded Deals For Deeds (since acquired by Recoup) and worked in management consulting in Washington, DC. Evan graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Baxter
Jonathan Baxter
Chief Architect

Application & Data Architect at Timehop & Gilt. Hired / led 7 devs building deals site w/millions in monthly visits. B.S. Cornell, Magna Cum Laude