Meet the Team

We’re second-time founders, former educators, product & engineering leaders, and K-12 edtech experts who have worked together before at our first exited startup.

Varun Gulati

Co-founder & CEO

Varun Gulati is a 2x founder and product & engineering leader. He co-founded, scaled, and sold his first company, UClass (as CTO & Head of Product). Most recently, Varun led the Product & Growth teams at Mystery Science. The products he has built have reached tens of millions of people and earned tens of millions in ARR. Varun is an ex-Googler and former Teach For America teacher. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia. In his spare time, Varun enjoys spending time with his wife, advising early-stage founders, playing with his Bernedoodle puppy, learning capoeira, hand-building ceramic pieces, and reading fiction & non-fiction books.

Sebastian Belmar

Co-founder & Head of Engineering

Sebastian Belmar is an early-stage startup veteran focused on mission-driven tech. He's a financial analyst turned software engineer who's built several successful startups, including UClass (acquired by Renaissance Learning), Hipcamp (from Series A to Series C), and the profitable e-commerce brand Mason Bottle (as co-founder). Sebastian is passionate about design, quality, empathetic engineering, and healthy teams. He has led everything from ERGs to hackathons to anchor company culture. Sebastian loves spending time outside, camping, biking, and climbing with his two sons and wife. When indoors, you can bet he's playing music.

Christie Chu

Co-founder & Head of Learning

Christie Chu is a highly regarded veteran educator in Oakland Unified School District. Her experience ranges from building after-school programs for girls to explore STEM careers using hands-on lessons and engaging live experiences to authoring entire distance-learning and SEL curriculums. Christie is especially adept at understanding and addressing the educational and SEL needs of children from diverse backgrounds. She is based in the Bay Area, California. In her spare time, Christie can be found hiking in the mountains or forests with her partner and dog. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, eating, arranging flowers, and learning more about other cultures.