Gordon is a 25 year veteran of start-ups in the field of digital education and learning management, having founded an e-learning software company (Meliora Systems) in 1988. He took the start-up from the bootstrapped stage to an IPO in 1998, through a merger with Paul Allen’s company, Asymetrix Learning, now part of SkillSoft, a leading LMS provider. Since leaving the company in 2000, he has spent his time working with early stage ventures in the ed-tech sector, including both K-12 and higher-ed markets, as well as start-ups developing innovative offerings in the digital publishing, virtual worlds/MMO games for kids, and mobile learning areas.
He is co-founder and President of Edevate, whose mission statement reads “Higher Education. Lower Cost.” The team at Edevate is dedicated to providing greater access to college and career readiness for adult learners. Edevate is the administrator of the MicroDegree Accreditation Commission. The Microdegree is an open, institution-agnostic credential, meaning that it can be earned by combining programs offered through different course providers. The Microdegree offers the first and most effective open credentialing process for MOOC’s, coding “boot camps” and many other competency-based programs. More information is available at edevate.com and micro.degree.
He is also a mentor at Georgia Tech’s ATDC (http://atdc.org/) and Flashpoint (http://flashpoint.gatech.edu/) as well as Managing Director of Vernon Bridge Ventures, an early stage capital/advisory firm. He serves on the advisory boards of Excelegrade, Evirx, Rapid LD, and Proving Ground. He is also Past President of Atlanta Technology Angels. He sits on the selection committees for Venture Atlanta and TAG Top 40. He also serves as a guest lecturer and business plan competition judge at Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Emory and University of Georgia business schools. He has made angel investments in mobile learning, online language training and employee wellness companies, and in virtual world start-ups.