Appoints Michael Schmier as Chief Product Officer

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Schmier is a key hire as the company accelerates its momentum is excited to announce that Michael Schmier has joined the team as Chief Product Officer. In this position, Schmier will lead product innovation across the learning platform.

Most recently, Schmier led the development of next generation virtual reality experiences as VP and GM of Samsung’s 360 and VR video platform. He previously held product leadership roles at BabyCenter (acquired by Johnson & Johnson) and Thuuz Sports, among others. Schmier currently serves as the vice chairman of the board of directors for, a leading national nonprofit dedicated to improving education with data by empowering 40 million parents to unlock educational opportunities for their children. Schmier brings extensive leadership experience combining product management, content and technology to drive forward’s mission of making education affordable, effective and engaging.

“I am delighted to welcome Michael to the leadership team,” said Adrian Ridner, CEO & Co-founder of “We have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in society by leveraging technology to dramatically increase the quality of education while drastically reducing its cost. Michael brings the right mix of curiosity, passion and drive to lead our exceptional team and evolve our learning platform. I look forward to what we’ll accomplish together.”

At Schmier will be responsible for continuing to listen to what students and teachers want and need, and shape the product vision and strategy to deliver a learning experience that delights customers and accelerates growth even further.

“I’m excited to take’s extensive content library and personalized learning capabilities to the next level,” said Schmier. “This is a unique opportunity to not only improve upon an already exceptional product, but also expand the platform to meet learners’ needs throughout the entire student lifecycle.”

About is an online education platform that helps learners of all ages excel academically and close skills gaps. From test prep and homework help to earning low-cost college credit and developing workplace skills,’s online courses, short animated video lessons and study tools have made learning simple for over 30 million students, teachers and working professionals. was founded in 2002 and is a privately-held company located in Mountain View, Calif. Find us online at or download the mobile app from the iOS app store or Google Play.

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