It’s one year into the pandemic and so much about life and work has changed. As we enter a new era of remote, hybrid, and in-office work there are many questions. A central one on many founders’ minds: how should employees be compensated in an equitable way? This blog breaks down the tips and tricks to building a strong compensation strategy — including understanding levels and career paths, cash compensation vs. equity, remote work and geography, and how to communicate it back to your organization.

Each month GSV Ventures invites experts to educate our portfolio around a topic pivotal to…


Indonesian EdTech startup CoLearn provides math solutions to 3 million students. GSV Ventures is proud to announce our partnership with CoLearn.

At GSV we’ve coined the term Weapons of Mass Instruction. The term refers to rapidly scaling education technology companies, reaching tens of millions of learners at warp speed due to the mass availability of mobile devices and internet access. As GSV stands for Global Silicon Valley, our mission is to focus on both established and emerging markets around the world that are innovating and scaling globally. CoLearn is truly a Weapon of Mass Instruction, providing engaging, accurate, cost effective, and easily accessible content to students via its mobile app and WhatsApp. The startup is revolutionizing education in Indonesia with scalable…


Disco, a platform for creators to build and scale their learning communities easily in one place, is creating live, cohort based experiences.

It’s 2021, Zoom is now a verb, remote education and work are the norm, and becoming a creator is now a viable career choice. Although digital learning is becoming more prevalent, traditional pre-recorded online learning courses have completion rates of a mere 3–5%. The biggest criticisms? A lack of community and inability to learn live together. At the same time, with platforms like YouTube, Udemy or Teachable, it has never been easier to be an online course creator…


Harriet Seitler, former Chief Marketing Officer of The Oprah Winfrey Network/Harpo Studios and Current Chief Brand Officer of Course Hero/Advisor at GSV Ventures, shares her brand building secrets.

Each month GSV Ventures hosts an advisory member to speak with our portfolio of founders during Club GSV. Advisors include the former U.S. Secretary of Education, University Presidents, Founders/CEOs from major companies and more. Together the GSV advisors represent some of the most important institutions driving the dawn of the age of digital learning. The goal of Club GSV is to increase access to education critical for founders. …


Sergey Karayev, PhD, Head of AI for STEM at Turnitin, Co-Founder of Gradescope, and GSV Ventures Advisor shares his insights into GPT-3.

Each month GSV Ventures hosts an advisory member to speak with our portfolio of founders during our ClubGSV meetup. Advisors include the former U.S. Secretary of Education, University Presidents, Founders/CEOs of major companies and more. Together the GSV advisors represent some of the most important institutions driving the dawn of the age of digital learning. The goal of ClubGSV is to increase access to education critical for founders. Due to popular demand, we will publish some of the…


A step-by-step guide including understanding your value proposition, resources to prepare for a job in VC, and tips on how to get an offer.

TL;DR — You can’t break into VC if you can’t articulate what makes you special, have the skills, and understand the landscape. This guide will show you how.

Venture capital is a competitive industry. While relatively new in my career, I started working in the VC industry during grad school and I’ve worked at a couple funds and an accelerator across internships and full time jobs. Over that time, I’ve spoken to hundreds of people; both…


GSV Ventures backs David Blake’s startups: Degreed, Learn In, & BookClub.

David Blake Co-Founder of Degreed, LearnIn, & Bookclub.

David Blake has always been a star student. However, when he sat down to take the ACT he began questioning the education system. He wondered why this one test held such importance for where you would go to school and ultimately which job you may get, given that the information on the test had little to do with real life skills. Blake realized he was a good student, but a terrible learner. From there on out his mission was to “jail break the degree” and focus on Lifelong Learning.


Hellosaurus’ platform showcases interactive video classes from award-winning kids media creators and YouTube Stars.

Hellosaurus interactive content and creators.

With millions of families at home during shelter in place and the living room and classroom merging, screen time has spiked over 150%. The uptick in screen time is something Hellosaurus Founder & CEO James Ruben believes will stay. So he set out to reimagine screen time into a truly interactive experience. Hellosaurus is a platform that enables creators to make their content more interactive, in turn producing an experience that is not only fun for kids but meaningful for their cognitive development.

“We wanted to…


Fabrica’s first real estate transactions are closed online in minutes with their proprietary blockchain technology.

Fabrica’s platform, which allows buyers to perform real estate transactions online in minutes without any paperwork.

Real estate is the largest asset class in the US, yet one of the slowest industries to modernize. Traditional title and escrow companies used in sales of properties are outdated. Additionally, closing on a home is a painstaking process filled with manual paperwork and multiple parties that takes on average 49 days. Fabrica set out to change this.

Five years ago, Co-Founder Federico Pomi moved from Italy to San Francisco to start his family. As a young home buyer, he searched online. …


AlgoPay’s latest trip to the Middle East creates connections in the region’s major tech hub.

Founder and CEO Anna Merzi with Operations & Risk Head Bridget Payne in the West Bank.

AlgoPay is a payment solution for online businesses in cash economies, starting in the Middle East where there’s over $1.3T handled in cash. Think: Stripe, for cash economies.

Founder and CEO Anna Merzi grew up in Texas, but was always fascinated with the Middle East. In middle school she became engrossed with online refugee activism and later started learning Arabic. Once at USC, she pursued a degree in Middle East Studies and Political Science. …

Thea Knobel

Vice President of Platform & Marketing at GSV Ventures investing in the globe's top EdTech startups.

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