About Us

SkillStore is based in beautiful Denver Colorado. We are a small, tight-knit team of startup veterans with a strong track record in technology startups and online education. We have collectively been founders or early employees in over a dozen successful startups. Most recently, our founding team started and led a non-profit online college funded by leading donors including Bill Gates and Reed Hastings. We left that to start SkillStore because we believe we are at the threshold of a paradigm shift in corporate learning. We look forward to your joining us in this journey.

 

Here are the backgrounds of the people who helped build SkillStore.

 

Srikant Vasan

CEO

Srikant was the founder and President of Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s, a non-profit college designed to help motivated students gain quality college degrees more affordably. Before Portmont, Srikant was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Earlier, he was co-founder & CEO of StorePerform Technologies (the leading provider of retail performance management software), co-founder & CEO of KBkids/eToys (a leading e-commerce company), a founding team member and director of business development of MediaOne, and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS (Electrical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

David Johnson

Technology

David has extensive experience in the software industry, including executive and technical management, software architecture and engineering, program management, and product design. He has been a founding or early employee at seven startups, and has worked in large enterprises. His specialties include software architecture and engineering for enterprise and commercial software, web/RESTful services, mobile applications, program management, networking and security, internationalization, and embedded systems. Besides Portmont College and StorePerform Technologies (where he worked with Srikant and Ann Marie), David has held technology leadership positions at UsingMiles.com, Mocapay, Microsoft and U S West Advanced Technologies. He has a BSEE from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Ann Marie O’Connor

Product

Ann Marie has 20 years of experience in the software industry including Director and VP level positions at a wide range of companies – from venture-backed startups and non-profits to private and publicly listed companies. Her expertise includes product management, strategic business development, operations, industry marketing, analytics, user experience design, and mobile application design. Besides Portmont College and StorePerform Technologies (where she worked with Srikant and David), Ann Marie had held product leadership positions at RedPrairie, Ecovate, Vertel and Retix. She has a Bachelor’s degree in computer applications/software from Dublin City University.

Jennifer VanBerschot, Ph.D.

Learning

Jenna has more than fifteen years of training and education experience, working with a wide range of clients in the government, corporate, educational and academic markets. Jenna serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, teaching courses on research and online course design. She was previously an Instructional Designer-Project Manager at Colorado State University-Global Campus and the Lead Senior Instructional Designer at Northrop Grumman; she also taught in K12 and higher education. She has a PhD and an MA in organizational learning and instructional technology from the University of New Mexico and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Peter McLaughlin

Customer Success

Peter has helped lead a number of high-growth businesses and business units – his expertise spans education services, consulting, marketing, and product management. He was a Senior Manager at Symantec’s Education Services team, which delivered training courses for thousands of customers. As Director of Training Services, he managed the Training Services business unit for Clearwell, a venture-backed (Sequoia Capital, Redpoint Ventures) software business that was acquired by Symantec. Earlier, he was Director of Consulting at Fios, and Vice President at McLaughlin Company (which offered leadership development programs to large corporate clients). He has an MBA from the University of Denver, and a BA from UCLA.