Dr. Brian Jacobs is the CEO and Founder of panOpen, a platform that promotes the widespread adoption of open educational resources (OER). He is the Founder of Akademos as well as its Chairman of the Board. As a professor at Cornell University, Brian directly experienced the inefficiencies of the textbook industry and consequent excessive costs of course materials. He also saw that the web provided an extraordinary means to address these inefficiencies. His idea of a textbook marketplace was implemented in 2002 in the form of Akademos’ student-facing site, TextbookX.com, and he continues to provide direction for the company in a rapidly evolving industry. Brian, who has published numerous articles in social and political philosophy as well as an essay collection with Cambridge University Press, has been awarded fellowships from Cornell, Yale, University of Göttingen, and the Mellon Foundation. He holds a BA degree from SUNY Albany, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Scott Eagle has had extensive experience managing major Fortune 500 brands and building successful new companies. In addition to being an advisor to Akademos, Scott Eagle serves as Chief Marketing Officer of eHarmony Inc., overseeing the company’s advertising/brand development, customer acquisition and lifecycle areas. Prior to joining eHarmony Inc., Scott was at Claria Corporation, a behavioral ad network, where he served in the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles. At Claria Corporation, Scott grew revenue from zero to $120 million in the company’s first four years of operation. Previously, Scott served on the executive team at Concentric Network Corporation where, as Vice President of Marketing, he helped drive their successful IPO. He has also held senior management positions at MFS Communications and Procter & Gamble. Scott holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Bill Youstra is a Venture Partner at Kohlberg Ventures and has helped startups in various internet consumer categories: mobile, virtual worlds, e-commerce, search and media/marketing. Previously, Bill was a product and content executive at AOL while the company grew from 500,000 to over 20 million customers. He holds an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford and degrees in Film, Computer Science and Marketing from the University of Maryland.
Eric D. Fingerhut, a nationally recognized leader in education and economic development policy, is the President and CEO of Hillel International. Fingerhut previously served as Vice President for Education and STEM Learning at the Battelle Memorial Institute, as Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, and as an Ohio State Senator and as a member of the United States House of Representatives. Chancellor Fingerhut earned a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors from Northwestern University in 1981 and received a law degree from the Stanford University School of Law in 1984.