Who We Are

The ASU–Draper–Global Silicon Valley (GSV) Accelerator is a joint venture of Arizona State University, America's most innovative university; the Draper Associates, led by Tim Draper, one of the world’s leading venture capitalists and an education entrepreneur; and GSV, a leader in Education, Talent & Technology investments.

ASU is a leader in the education startup space, with:

  • Reputation synonymous with innovation, experimentation, and entrepreneurship. U.S. News & World Report ranked ASU No. 1 among the “Most Innovative Schools” in America for 2016, ahead of Stanford at No. 2, MIT at No. 3, as well as Duke, Harvard, and Cornell.

  • Existing portfolio of more than 140 education technology and service partners in ASU’s online division alone.

  • Forward thinking and entrepreneurial administration, faculty, and private foundation.

  • A willingness and ability to engage in innovative partnerships, such as the Starbucks College Achievement Plan and the Global Freshman Academy.

  • More than 90,000 students who make up a diverse EdTech laboratory.

  • National and global presence with North American operations in California and Washington, DC, and global operations in China and Vietnam.

  • Leading role as founder and co-sponsor of the ASU-GSV Summit.

  • Leadership position in national and global networks of innovative universities, such as the University Innovation Alliance and PLuS Alliance.

Draper Associates, based in San Mateo, CA, is an early-stage venture capital firm founded and led by Tim Draper. As a founding partner of investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (which has deployed more than $5 billion in 300+ companies), Draper invested in Cruise Automation, Twitch, Skype, Tesla, Hotmail, and many other successful early- and growth-stage technology ventures. Draper was also an early investor in learning software company Instructure, which made its initial public offering in November 2015. Draper’s education experience includes founding Draper University, an innovative entrepreneurial boot camp in Silicon Valley. Draper University offers immersive residential, online, and executive sessions, and will partner initially with the Accelerator on an executive training session in fall 2017.

Global Silicon Valley (GSV) Acceleration is an early stage venture capital fund. We partner with and invest in entrepreneurs whose technology companies are driving an outsized return on education and talent ("ROE") and transforming the learning and employment sector.

We believe these innovators and their innovations can collectively achieve the audacious goal of giving all people equal opportunity in the future.

Learn more at:
GSV Acceleration Fund

Our Team

Adrian Sannier EdTechAdrian Sannier


Chief Technology Officer of ASU Online
Former Senior Vice President of Product at Pearson

Andrew Tang EdTech Andrew Tang

Investment / Admissions

Draper Associates Investment Team
Chief Executive Officer of Draper University
Managing Director of Draper Dragon Fund

Charlie Lewis EdTechCharlie Lewis

Investment / Board

Vice President of Venture Development at Arizona Technology Enterprises
Former General Partner of Arris and Paradise Ventures

Deborah Quazzo EdTechDeborah Quazzo

Investment / Admissions

Co-founder and Managing Partner of GSV

Gordon Wishon edtechGordon Wishon


Chief Information Officer of ASU
Former Chief Information Officer of Notre Dame and Georgia Tech

Jeff Cunningham EdTechJeffrey Cunningham


Professor of Practice at ASU
Former President of New England Ventures
Former Publisher of Forbes magazine

Ji Mi Choi ASUJi Mi Choi


Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs at ASU

Lou Pugliese EdTechLou Pugliese


Managing Director of EdPlus Action Lab
Former Chief Executive Officer of Blackboard

Mark Searle EdTechMark Searle


Executive Vice President and Provost of ASU

Rick Shangraw EdTechR. F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr.


Chief Executive Officer of the ASU Foundation for A New American University
Former Chief Executive Officer of Project Performance Corporation

EdTech Michael MoeMichael Moe


Co-Founder GSV Asset Management

Samuel Michalove EdTech Samuel Michalove


Investment and Portfolio Analyst EdTech Accelerator

Serah Ye EdTech Serah Ye


Director of Analytics and Insight EdTech Accelerator