DimensionU Management Team
||Name: Ntiedo Etuk
Title: Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DimensionU, Inc.
Game Name: The_Man, so that IF the kids beat him they can say they beat "The Man"!
Nt (pronounced EN-tee) Etuk is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DimensionU.
DimensionU is the company behind the award-winning DimensionU Learning System - a universe of multi-player educational video games where students learn, practice, compete, and collaborate, globally, in core K-12 subjects including math, literacy, science and history.
Nt founded DimensionU on the premise that the education system needed to become truly “customer-oriented,” where the real customer in education is the student. It was his belief that prior to DimensionU most emphasis was placed on creating tools to help teachers teach or creating tools to help schools, districts or governments figure out whether teachers were teaching, but very little was being done to ensure that the tools we were putting in front of students were communicating with them in the way they needed to see or hear (social networks, video games, SMS text, etc.) to truly engage this new, digitally active generation (please see more about this vision in the section “Our Vision of the World”)
Prior to founding DimensionU, Nt worked for a number of years managing the creation, implementation and analysis of various disruptive consumer products for Bank One and Citigroup. At Citigroup, he was a member of the Payment Innovation Team, a Research and Development group responsible for the creation and implementation of concepts projected to generate $100 million in profits. At Bank One, Nt was responsible for the analysis and implementation of initiatives generating over $100 million in annual revenue for the company. He has also worked with the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company.
In 2010 Nt was selected by Technology & Learning as one of the 30 Future Leaders of Education Technology. He was also honored as one of six “Top Entrepreneurs” by Crain’s New York. In addition, Nt is a member of the 2010 Henry Crown Fellows class at the Aspen Institute and a member of The Aspen Institute’s Nigeria Leadership Initiative program. He has been identified as one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Masters of Technology, was a finalist for that magazine’s Business Innovator of the Year Award in 2007 and has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times.
Nt earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA at Columbia Business School where he was a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate, a recipient of the Board of Overseers Fellowship, winner of the Heffernan Award for Outstanding Service, and recipient of the Lang Fund Award for outstanding business ideas.
A Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels, Nt’s game name is The_Man so that IF the kids beat him they can say they beat The Man. IF he beats them he says “The Man beat you down, try harder!”
||Name: Steven D. Hoy
Title: Vice President, Sales & Strategic Initiatives, DimensionU, Inc.
Game Name: Ultraman
Steven’s business experience covers education, sales, and business operations. As a co-founder of Edutest, Inc. in 1996, he managed sales and marketing for the market leader in web-based K-12 testing and assessment. Steven understands the education marketplace and the needs of educators and administrators. Capitalizing on the start of the education standards movement, he acquired implementations in more than 50% of Virginia’s school districts and successfully launched the first and largest online practice testing in Virginia and Florida. He was also responsible for establishing and maintaining business development relationships critical to Edutest’s success. His leadership was instrumental in securing the acquisition of Edutest by Lightspan, Inc. in 2000.
Following Edutest, Steven leveraged his educational expertise and success into executive and strategic sales management positions with Lightspan, Inc. and PLATO Learning, Inc. At Lightspan, he was responsible for negotiating and securing large contracts to further the development of field sales business in addition to developing and maintaining strong relationships at state education agencies. His efforts resulted in key state contracts with Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, and Colorado as well as being instrumental in securing district-wide contracts in some of the nation’s largest and most progressive school districts, e.g., Fairfax County, VA, Henrico County, VA, and Austin ISD (TX).
Prior to co-founding Edutest, Steven held multiple financial roles in business. These included management positions in finance and business analysis in the banking and health care industries, which leveraged his certification as a CPA. Steven holds his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
||Name: Jon Freedman
Title: Vice President, Strategy & Operations, DimensionU, Inc.
Game Name: jfreewon
Jon has been with DimensionU since December 2006. Prior to joining DimensionU, he spent 12 years at The Princeton Review, where he was most recently Vice-President of The Princeton Review’s Account Management and Operations division in the K-12 Services Group. There, he grew the staff from 6 people to over 70 full time personnel and 80 part time personnel between 2003 and 2006. He was directly responsible for developing, adapting, and maximizing the efficiency of the technological, print, and professional development offerings for Princeton Review partnerships with 6 out of 10 of the nation’s largest public school systems and over 200 public school systems nationwide. Prior to that Jon was Executive Director of The Princeton Review of Northern California and Director of the High School and Foundation Programs at The Princeton Review of New York. Jon received his B.A, in History and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in History from New York University.
||Name: Shane Lennon
Title: Vice President, Marketing, DimensionU, Inc.
Game Name: WinGer
Shane is a tried and tested consumer market expert with proven success in emerging technologies, market development, social media, and product to market fit and distribution in the consumer digital space.
Prior to DimensionU, Shane was Senior Vice President of Strategy, Marketing & Product Management at GyPSii, a mobile location-based social networking platform. At GyPSii Shane was responsible for global strategy, product management, and marketing. In addition he managed the establishment of beachhead relationships for GyPSii ecosystem partnerships such as advertising and content. He put in place the consumer and business facing brand, the go-to-market strategy, creative concepts, audience profiling and consumer acquisition programs that led to viral growth of 3M users.
Prior to GyPSii, Shane was Chief Marketing Officer (and interim CTO) at Ibis Consulting, a hosted electronic discovery-processing provider, which was acquired by Pitney Bowes Management Services where he assumed the role of Vice President of Strategy & Marketing in Legal Markets. Before that he was Vice President of Strategy & Marketing at Context Media, an Enterprise Content Integration platform, later acquired by Oracle.
Earlier in his career, Shane worked at two early innovators of Internet and Mobile marketing in New York including Agency.com and w-Technologies. While in those positions he developed digital marketing campaigns for clients including British Airways, Thomas Travel, Quick & Reilly, Heineken, mViva, among other global organizations. And was later responsible for strategic alliances, channel marketing and corporate marketing programs for Agency.com.
Shane is also an advisor to several companies on market opportunities, positioning, growth strategies, product marketing, scaling organizations in high growth markets, direct and indirect channel development, and user acquisition strategies. Companies include: SuburbanMomma (daily deal site for Moms); OWJO (social commerce platform); Ixtens (e-Commerce platform); Catapulter (end to hub to end travel booking site); Manpacks (men’s clothing subscription site) and the BetaSpring (Incubator) portfolio.
||Name: Ralph Seaman
Title: Vice President of Technology & Development, DimensionU, Inc.
Game Name: ralph_e_boy
Ralph oversees the company's technical operations and development. A seasoned technology executive, Ralph has a diverse background with over 20 years experience in business and technology solutions, ranging from broadband video, electronic publishing, rich internet applications, content management systems, email marketing and analytics in a breadth of industries covering banking, retail, direct marketing, finance, entertainment, and telecommunications. He combines a unique blend of business insight and hands-on technology acumen to drive business results by aligning technology initiatives with strategic business goals to deliver innovative solutions in service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance.
Prior to DimensionU, Ralph was a Vice President of technology at Thestreet.com where he oversaw numerous technology initiatives in the ecommerce and financial space. Ralph joined Thestreet.com from Viacom Corporation, where he worked on enterprise technology for such brands as MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central. Ralph joined Viacom following several years as a Director of Technology at Agency.com, a pioneering digital agency with fortune 500 clients such as British Airways, MetLife, Oppenheimer Funds and Sprint among many others. Agency.com was acquired by Omnicom International and brought public on the NASDAQ in 1999.
Ralph holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.