Gene_Headshot Advances in technology and pedagogy have improved education while lowering its cost. I feel fortunate to lead an organization leveraging these advances. The impact on people’s lives is real and immediate.

Gene Wade

Founder & Chairman

Gene has spent most of his adult life focused on helping to ensure that everyone has access to high quality education. He believes education is the solution to many of the biggest challenges facing people and societies around the world.

Prior to founding UniversityNow, he was co-founder & CEO of Platform Learning, a tutoring company that served tens of thousands of low-income students throughout the United States. He was also co-founder & CEO of LearnNow, a school management company that was sold to Edison Schools where he was an Executive Vice President. Prior to becoming an education entrepreneur, he was a corporate bankruptcy attorney. Gene has an MBA from The Wharton School, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Morehouse College.

As a serial education entrepreneur, Gene has been profiled by media, including Fast Company. In 2011, Gene shared his personal story and vision for UniversityNow as a speaker at TEDx San Francisco’s Salon on Higher Education. His TED Talk, “Building the World’s Most Affordable and Accessible Private University” can be found here: