After graduating from Williams College in 1997, Liam Pisano served as the Director of Research for Spectrum Equity Investors, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm with a strong education technology focus as well as a broader mandate on technology, media and telecom. In 2007, he received his MBA from Yale University, where was a founding member of the Yale Economic Review. He then joined Patriot Capital, where he financed healthcare services and consumer focused businesses in the lower middle market. In 2009 he co-founded Academic Earth, one of the first MOOC’s openly available to the public. The Company was featured in Time Magazine as one of the top 50 websites of 2009 and highlighted in Bill Gates annual newsletter. It was eventually sold to Higher Education, an ABRY Partners portfolio company. In 2010, Liam joined Hercules Technology Growth Capital, where he spent four years investing capital in technology driven education services and healthcare services businesses. Liam left Hercules to become the Managing Director at LearnLaunch, an education technology focused accelerator and co-working space. At LearnLaunch he helped build a 45 company investment portfolio of education technology startups. He also forged partnerships that included a groundbreaking innovation center at the Rocky Hill School in RI that put startups in the school and interacting with teachers and the classroom. Liam now serves as Managing Partner at EduLab Capital Partners, where he leads seed stage investments in education technology and AI focused businesses. He is a proud 17-year member of the Big Brothers Association of Massachusetts, a two-time Big Brother and on the Advisory Board for the Big Brother of the Year Annual Conference. He is also co-founder of the William Gaines Foundation (Biggie’s Kids), a non-profit organization serving underprivileged inner city high school students.
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