About

Versal is an open publishing platform for anyone to create interactive online courses - no coding required.

The Internet has connected all of us like never before. And yet, online learning is often one-dimensional - limited to videos and slide decks. It doesn’t have to be that way. Computers, and the modern Internet, are designed for interactivity.

We believe by partnering with education enthusiasts and developers, together we can make a difference.

Now, as we open Versal up for the first time, we can’t wait to hear what you think.

Email
info@versal.com
Address

330 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Team

Gregor Freund

CEO

I'm Gregor Freund, and I approve this message.
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Gene Linetsky

CTO

After some years as a mathematician, software engineer, startup founder, inventor, teacher, manager, textbook author, piano player, and father, Gene has finally reached his level of incompetence in each of these areas.
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Tom Neustaetter

Board of directors and advisor

Scott Bennion

COO

Scott enjoys building high growth technology companies, and removing friction from the system. He is passionate about bringing two of his greatest interests together at Versal: technology and learning. He likes hiking, biking, traveling, and things that go fast.
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Carlos Cuadra

Head of content and author relations

Carlos is excited to be working with authors and managing the content and production team at Versal. He's just happy to talk to people. In his last job, he talked to plants.
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Allison Wagda

VP, Marketing

Allison started at Versal less than 48 hours after her first interview (someone had to translate the technical diagrams on the whiteboard into plain English – and fast.) If she’s not holed up in SF with her nose in a book, head due east. She’s in Tahoe.
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James Douglas

Engineer

A programmer passionate about continuous learning, James helps build the Scala backend of the Versal Platform. When not knee-deep in type theory, he can be found riding his bicycle.

Dylan Pyle

Engineer

Dylan is a front-end engineer with a penchant for clean APIs and big ideas, and for creating new ways for education to grow with technology. Outside of the office, he enjoys cycling, skiing, and exploring San Francisco.

Julia Khusainova

Designer

Julia is a self-taught UX/UI designer with major in Computer Science. Full inderstanding of highly technical aspects makes her perfect for crafting interfaces for Versal products. Believes in simplicity and functionality, she is a perfectionist by nature and will pore over every small detail to make sure things are just right.

Chris White

Education

Chris creates courses for Versal. He also makes experimental theater and performances. He can't decide whether to create a Versal course about making experimental performances or to make an experimental performance about creating courses for Versal.

Alex Zelensky

Engineer

Lives and works for Versal in Ukraine.

Mike Bannister

Engineer

Hacker and code artist. Obsessed with building software that is important, fun, and easy to use. Otherwise he can be found at Bay Area playgrounds with his daughters.

Dian Xiao

Designer

Dian graduated recently from Carnegie Mellon with a bachelors in Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. At Versal she uses her interdisciplinary education to work on a variety of projects. In her spare time she likes biking, cooking, and playing board games.

RJ Zaworski

Engineer

Mediocre banjo player

Charles Ruhland

Engineer

Enthusiasm for programming and education from an early age led Charles to earn a bachelors in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon. Before joining Versal, he was an instructor for Hackbright Academy, and remains involved by participating in their mentorship program. When he's not coding in Scala on the backend, Charles enjoys running, hiking, and reading.

Nina Govan

Product manager

"Everything you can imagine is real" - Pablo Picasso. One of Nina's favorite quotes and source of inner inspiration.

Sergei Wintizki

Engineer

After an academic career that felt too long, Sergei found a lot more fulfillment as an iPhone / Android developer and architect. Passionate about learning, thinking, understanding, explaining, logic, programming, languages, and mathematics. Likes books.

Devon Berger

Designer

Devon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Maine College of Art. Before joining Versal, she worked as a designer and patronized the flea markets of Brooklyn, NY. Now in San Francisco, she spends her time designing and listening to records with her birds Gigi and Goose.

Mike Chappell

Video production

Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production from Long Beach State with an emphasis on cinematography. Before joining Versal, he worked as an independent producer for a number of corporate clients.

Jan Paul Posma

Engineer

Oxford-graduated computer scientist with a very broad range of interests. Loves working with amazing people on paradigm-shifting concepts. Lives and works for Versal in the Netherlands.

Andrey Mereskin

Engineer

Andrey fell in love with computer programming when he was 11 years old, and, despite the time, there is still novelty in these relations. Currently Andrey is exploring the opportunity of sharing the code between client and server, and finds JavaScript handy. Besides computer programming, Andrey loves being with his family, travelling and walking with nature. Lives and works for Versal in Russia.

Monica Cereseto

Video production

Monica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on film and critical art theory from the University of Oregon in 2012. Her interests include film, literature, and the culinary arts.

Barry Morrison

Engineer

Geek. Keep out of direct sunlight. Feed and water regularly.

Selby Walker

Engineer

A UC Davis graduate and San Francisco native, Selby fell in love with programming at an early age. In her free time, you'll find her playing Settlers of Catan with friends and listening to live music around the city. She loves skiing and going on hikes on Mt. Tam with her dog, Zeus.

Kelley Robinson

Engineer

Kelley came to Versal from finance by way of Hackbright Academy. She enjoys sarcasm and baking.

Chris Poseley

VP, Business development

Marvel at the beauty of a well-done deal.

Stephen Wakulchik

Content and author relations

Trained in neuroscience and battle tested teaching in inner-city Oakland, Stephen hopes to leverage the science of learning and memory through education technology to positively impact educational outcomes for students around the world. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys trail running, Muay Thai kickboxing, brewing delicious tea, and pandas.

Dan Garzi

Designer

When I'm not drawing or designing, you can probably find me reading a book about vague scientific theories. If I'm not doing that then there's a good chance I've been abducted by aliens.

John Martin

Corporate controller

When not keeping abreast of the latest accounting pronouncements or developing SQL scripts, John can be found exploring the City with his wife and son.

Claire Menke

User research

People fascinate me (hence the degree in anthropology). When not in the office, I can be found taking photos, browsing the ASPCA adoptable dogs list, or traveling with my stuffed animal friend, Fat Penguin.

Shaohua Zhou

Engineer

From a small village in Hunan, China to the center of universe San Francisco, Shao has travelled a long way. From scientist, to management consultant, to software engineer, he is an entrepreneur at heart and strives to make something people want.

Andres Mejia

Office manager

An avid futbol fan, born in Colombia, with an unusual passion for food, that loves to expend his free time reading, watching FUTBOL games, hiking and discovering new restaurants.

Ryan Jones

Engineer

Spinning pedals. Cranking code.

Dan McGuinness

Engineer

If he isn't programming, you can probably find Dan surfing, hiking, or rock climbing somewhere in the Bay Area.

Vicky Nguyen

Engineer

Hails from UC Berkeley's mathematics department and Hackbright Academy. When not coding for Versal's backend team, Vicky swims and co-writes short stories with her narcissistic stuffed sloth, Alexander Napoleon.

Kristina Garfinkel

Engineer

A JavaScript enthusiast with a crush on neuroscience

Aaron Sullivan

Engineer

Whether he's creating music on his Fender Strat or building mathematical proofs, Aaron loves to create. Aaron’s belief that the internet can change humankind for the better brought him to Versal, where he lovingly works as a software engineer.

JoAnne Hart

Sr. Director, Demand generation

Hailing from 99designs and Inadco, JoAnne is putting her love of developing performance based marketing programs to work here at Versal. When she is not doing fancy things with data in Excel, JoAnne can be found enjoying podcasts, beach vacations, and manicures.