Stanford MBA ’08 + Williams BA ’01
Lloyd is the founder of The Spike Lab. He is a serial entrepreneur and startup investor who has been a founder of five for-profits and nonprofits in the US, Taiwan, Argentina and India. Previously he directed 4.0 Schools’ education startup accelerator and before that was the co-founder of Dev Bootcamp NYC (parent company was acquired by Kaplan Inc in 2014). Lloyd went to Stanford University for his MBA, majored in Economics during his undergraduate studies at Williams College and was a Fulbright Scholar.
He has lived all over the world and currently resides in his native New York City with his wife, two young daughters and dog. He speaks English and Spanish fluently and is being taught Mandarin at home by his wife and daughters and during his frequent trips to Asia.
Michigan MA ’08 + BS ’07
Larry is an educator and co-founder of The Spike Lab. He was a high school teacher for six years, during which he taught AP Psychology, AP English, IB Physics, Robotics, Game Design, and Special Ed English. He has designed and run student leadership programs in the US, China, Mexico, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Larry is an expert on growth mindset and founded an education consulting company that coaches school leaders throughout the US.
Before The Spike Lab, Larry became an experienced entrepreneurship coach, mentoring the founders of early stage startups through recognized startup accelerator programs like 4.0 Schools, the CUNY Student Accelerator, and The New School’s New Challenge. Larry speaks English and Mandarin fluently and currently lives in Taipei.
Jane Marie Chen
Harvard MPA ‘08 + Stanford MBA ‘08 + Pomona BA ’03
Jane Marie Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise startup that aims to help the 15 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer. The Embrace infant warmer costs about 1% of a traditional incubator and is estimated to have helped over 300,000 babies to date. Prior to Embrace, Chen worked with nonprofit organizations on healthcare issues in developing countries.
She spent several years as the Program Director of a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China (Chi Heng Foundation) and worked for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Tanzania.
Cornell BA ’13 | College Admissions Specialist
Theo is Chief of Staff and a founding team member at The Spike Lab. He is a writer and educator with a background consulting for ed-tech startups and as a staff member at Cornell University. He has led teacher training workshops at the Dwight School, guest lectured at Cornell, and mentored students at entrepreneurship events across New York City.
Previous he worked as a writer in Los Angeles. His plays and screenplays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles. Theo was born and raised in Boston and currently lives in New York City.
Stanford MBA + MA ’19 + Yale BA ’15
Grace is an entrepreneur and educator with deep expertise in adolescent development and business. She has been working with adolescents for over a decade, and is currently working on a start up to support parents of teenagers. Prior to her current start up, Grace started her career at McKinsey before working in venture capital, impact investing, and a number of start ups.
She loves discussing topics related to mental wellbeing, productivity, and diversity & inclusion. She studied history and economics at Yale, and received her MA in Education and MBA from Stanford. Grace is originally from Taiwan and currently resides in California with her puppy, Bailey.
Princeton BA ’14
Uchechi is an entrepreneur, educator, and artist. She started her career in Beijing where she worked in international education and business for 4 years. She currently runs a consultancy for low-income students in the South applying to college and graduate school and wrote and published a college admissions guide book. Uchechi went to Princeton for her BA, and majored in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic. She’s also a singer, writer, and actress, and speaks multiple languages, including, Mandarin.
Uchechi is originally from South Carolina, and after many years living around the world, she recently returned to her home state to live.
Harvard MBA ‘20 + Stanford BS ‘14
Ayna is a tech product expert, social entrepreneur, and public servant. She has spent the last 8 years in the technology sector, across start-ups and large companies in the Silicon Valley, and co-founded she++, a non-profit to encourage women to pursue technology. After spending a year studying technology policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, she is now finishing her MBA at Harvard.
She began her career at Palantir Technologies, building software for the US government. Ayna loves talking about empathy in business, design and creative expression, public policy, diversity & inclusion, and animals! She grew up in New Jersey and studied Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. She loves any chance to travel, and has visited 40 countries.
Yale BA ’15
Nathaniel is an entrepreneur and coach. He has launched 3 companies in the education space, generally with business partners in Asia. Drawing on his experience, he has been coaching entrepreneurs and adolescents to help them develop and execute valuable projects since 2010.
At the age of 18, he launched his first business, a college admissions consultancy. As an undergraduate at Yale, he helped launch Gakko, an education startup based in Japan, raising $5 million in investment capital from Benesse and Hinoki. In 2018, he raised $1M in seed capital from investors in Beijing to co-found Beson Education, a white-glove education consultancy serving Chinese families.
Nathaniel graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in his major. At Yale, he received awards from the Niebla Foundation, Coben Fellowship, and Mellon Forum to fund his scholarship, resulting in a paper published in the top-ranked Journal of Peace Studies, co-authored with Dr. Elisabeth Wood (Crosby Professor of the Human Environment at Yale’s Department of Political Science).
Nathaniel resides in Boston, where he loves to teach yoga and meditation as methods for wellness. He is a native speaker of Spanish and English.
Georgetown BS ‘09
Justin is a management consultant and educator with deep experience in social entrepreneurship. He has advised or grown social enterprises in such sectors as financial inclusion, health care, affordable housing, and more.
He has also served as a mentor and coach to a diverse set of aspiring entrepreneurs, including students at the high school and college levels. Justin is passionate about language and culture; he has lived, worked, or studied in 5 countries and is fluent in Spanish. He is originally from Massachusetts and now resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Williams BA ’08 + BU MBA ’19
Sara has mentored high school students for 10+ years. An idealist at heart, she has spent her career committed to schools and nonprofits that go beyond the status quo and offer a truly different way to learn. From an all-girls boarding school in the US to a co-ed secondary school in rural Tanzania, to a sports-based, youth development nonprofit, Sara’s expertise lies in scaling operations and building curriculums to support students. Sara was the first employee hired by two EdTech companies, one with $1 million investor backing and one bootstrapped through a startup accelerator program. Her first company, Ellie Glad, launched while she was volunteering in Tanzania, sold consumer goods with a 1-1 model.
Currently, Sara runs The Mindful Applicant, a program for students that teaches wellness and social-emotional skills. Born and raised in a small town in Maryland, Sara now lives in Boston with her husband.
Cornell BA ’14
Spencer is a theatre director and educator with 5 years of experience in classrooms and as a private tutor. He spent his childhood touring the country inspiring others to innovate as the youngest-ever inductee to the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors. His patented invention for hospitalized children, KidKare Ride Toys, earned multiple awards and a licensing deal with a major toy company. He has been profiled in People magazine and on The Montel Williams Show.
He directed 8 plays and musicals while at Cornell, and has directed dozens since. He is a Directing Fellow at the 27 Tony Award-winning Manhattan Theatre Club and was the inaugural Directing and Producing Fellow at City Theatre in Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Brooklyn.
Bard BA ’07 + Stanford MS ’18
Anna Neverova is the Founder and CEO of Phi Networks, a platform that supports founding teams and fast-growing startups by sourcing talent and capital. She is an experienced investor with a background in private credit and structured finance, including over 12 years in finance positions at MIO Partners, UBS Investment Bank, and Amur Capital Management. Anna focuses on private markets and principal investing opportunities that leverage big data and technology to create value, scale businesses and build new categories.
Anna earned a Masters from Stanford Graduate School of Business. There she was selected Class President and focused her studies on Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bard College, where she received a full scholarship as a Levy Economics Scholar. She currently serves on the Bard Alumni Board of Governors and on the iMentor Young Executive Board. Raised in Moscow, Tokyo, and New York, Anna now lives in New York City.
LSE ’11 + Stanford MBA/MA ’17
Ines is a passionate entrepreneur in the field of wellbeing tech and HR tech. She is currently launching a company called Skylyte whose mission is to reduce burnout in the workplace. She has five years experience in adult education and business coaching, as well as deep business experience; she has been a management consultant at McKinsey and has serial entrepreneurship experience, including in college and high school.
Ines has lived in 4 different continents, and is led by an unquenchable thirst for discovery – both internal and external. Her hobbies include dancing, music, cooking and beauty. Ines studied Economics and Politics at London School of Economics and obtained her dual degree (MBA/MA in Education) from Stanford. Ines is originally European, but now resides in New York City.
Boston University BA ’07
Alex is a dedicated educator with over 10 years of classroom experience. Throughout this time, Alex has stewarded creative schools and learning environments (i.e. a makerspace, construction sites and a radio station) that encourage hands on learning, student autonomy, and collaborative problem solving. In New Orleans, he led the Innovation program at Bricolage Academy, providing the space, tools, and resources for elementary students to design and make the projects of their dreams.
Most recently, he founded and manages Be Loud Studios, a non-profit radio station dedicated to amplifying child confidence through radio and digital media production. Alex loves to make, create and produce things. Born and raised in Maryland, he now lives in New Orleans, where he can be found renovating his home, mixing new music, or playing with his adventurous toddler.
Johns Hopkins BS ’06
Steven has been teaching and coaching high school students in STEM and innovation for 10+ years. Having worked for NASA JPL, Northrop Grumman, and Saba Software, Steven is passionate about all things aerospace, computer science, and engineering. Steven founded and directed the SEED (Social Entrepreneurship, Engineering, and Design) program at The McDonogh School as well as a K-12 engineering program at his alma mater where he also coached teams of students to reach international engineering competitions.
He is an avid podcast consumer and biohacker. Steven is the founder of Impact Connections, a startup improving the experience for students, parents, and teachers in a rapidly changing education landscape. He lives in Maryland, where he homeschools his sons.
Stanford BS ’14 + Stanford MS ’15
Daniel is a software entrepreneur and startup/ technology consultant. Formerly a tech lead at Palantir, Daniel spent six years in technology and innovation in Silicon Valley before launching his own ventures. As a consultant, Daniel’s clients trust him to bring a rare blend of product management, technology leadership, and swift execution.
Daniel graduated early from Stanford with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science, with concentrations in AI, Computer Security and Computer Systems. He has been selected to be a Fellow in prestigious entrepreneurial programs such as Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Summer Fellowship and Harvard Medical School’s InciteHealth Fellowship. He also served as Lead Engineer for Stanford’s StartX. In the last three years, Daniel has lived in eight countries, and studied Spanish, French, and Chinese. He now lives and works in Taipei
Jen Morrow Eident
Stanford MBA ’10 + Hamilton BA ’05 | Marketing Advisor
Jen is the marketing advisor for both the internal TSL team and for our students. She is an industry-leading marketing expert and serial entrepreneur. She is the CEO and cofounder of Morrow Lane, a full service, results-driven marketing company focused on high-growth startups. Previously she held multiple executive marketing roles and worked at TPG Growth, Cambridge Associates and the High-Tech Investment Division of the Abu Dhabi government. She was also the CEO and cofounder of Vixely, a leading iPad publication in women’s health. Jen received her MBA from Stanford University, where she helped launch a startup incubator between the d.school (design school) and MBA program. She received her BA from Hamilton College.
Jen advises and serves on the board of several start-ups, accelerators, nonprofits and universities, including Barnard’s Athena Center For Leadership and Stanford University. She is also the co-founder of Morrow Sloan, a jewelry and lifestyle brand that donates a portion of proceeds to helping female entrepreneurs. Jen lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, two young daughters and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Princeton BA ’15
Cody is an educator, designer, and craftsperson. He has worked continuously in the college planning industry since 2015, cultivating expansive experience in the field—from bridging the gap between Chinese public school students and U.S. liberal arts colleges, to coaching New York private school students toward their standardized testing goals. This breadth of experience helps Cody meet any student’s challenges and nurture their unique characteristics, successfully shepherding them into their best-fit colleges in an always evolving admissions process.
While an undergraduate at Princeton, Cody coordinated the largest outdoor freshman orientation program in the country and trained other student leaders to pilot incoming freshmen on weeklong backpacking trips. He became fluent in the fears and anxieties freshmen face during this transition, and this intimate knowledge helps him prepare his application students for mental and emotional success when they arrive at the college of their choice.
He spends his time in Brooklyn and Maine, where he uses traditional woodworking techniques to craft home objects that are functional, sustainable, and support the daily rituals of a healthy, mindful lifestyle.
Colgate BA ’08 + Harvard EdM ’12
Julia has worked in education, admissions and college counseling for over a decade. A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Julia has guided hundreds of students in the US and around the world in applying to top colleges and universities. Julia stays abreast of the ever-changing admissions landscape through regular college visits, networking with admissions officers, and active participation and leadership in professional associations; she is currently the Chair of the Global Committee of the most reputable professional association for educational consultants, the IECA.
Julia used to run an education NGO, developed a United Nations internship program, led cross-cultural experiential education programs for high school and college students and worked in early-stage startups. Julia has lived and traveled throughout the world and speaks Mandarin Chinese. She now lives in her home state of Maine.
Cornell BA ’14 + Wharton MBA ’23 (Anticipated)
Brandon is an entrepreneur and mentor who holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell and is currently earning his MBA from UPenn: Wharton. Brandon has worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting and as the VP of Strategic Operations at a venture-backed health insurance tech startup. He founded and manages a community of entrepreneurs from business schools across the US and London, and he ran four small businesses prior to college graduation. Currently, he is taking time off his MBA to found GoodRun, a platform to find pickup basketball games and private court rentals, currently operating in Taipei and New York City.
Brandon also has 14 years of experience in myriad mentorship roles including as a private math and science tutor, a youth basketball coach, a mentor to elementary school students, and an advisor to small business student management teams. In addition to being an avid basketball player, his hobbies include salsa dancing, cooking and baking, biking, video games, and jiu jitsu. Originally from Southern California, he now splits time between New York and Taipei.
Rice BSc ’14 + Stanford MSc ’18
Sonia is an entrepreneur, designer, engineer and natural educator who holds a BS in Biomedical engineering from Rice University and a M.Sc. in Engineering Design Impact from Stanford University, where she was one of only 50 people worldwide selected as a prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholar. Sonia began her career as a strategy consultant in Accenture’s healthcare practice. During this time, she also founded a non-profit supporting young professionals with mental health disorders. She now works in San Francisco as the Director of Member Experience at Brightline, a digitally-enabled pediatric behavioral health startup.
Sonia’s driving passion is the application of human-centered design (HCD) and technology to improve people’s quality of life. During college, she founded Rice University’s Design for America studio, a student organization focused on creating local impact using HCD. She also designed and engineered personalized prosthetics in partnership with Hanger Prosthetics, as well as medical devices for pediatric patients with manual dexterity issues in collaboration with Shriners Hospital. Sonia is a native Texan and speaks fluent Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys challenging herself physically (ask her about running the Chicago marathon, learning to snowboard or scuba diving in Belize) and creatively through art and dance.
In addition to our coaches, Spike Lab has an administrative team. They manage our programs and support our community of families and students across the world.
Our coaching is inspired by the following thinking
In addition to high scores and high grades, you need even more at top schools to set you apart.
from her book: A is for Admissions
It is worth it to become the kind of kid who organizes something in high school. Who builds projects that might not work and does them without the normal club or sports organization helping you become a cog in the system.
from his Akimbo podcast episode, “How to get into a famous college”
Developing a sense of purpose is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of adolescent development.
from a Wall Street Journal Article on his Stanford University Research.
Forget well-rounded. What you need to do is develop a huge spike.
from his PrepScholar blog post titled, “How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League, by a Harvard Alum”.
Experiences, rather than short-term memorization, develop the skills and motivation that transform lives.
The Law of Focus. Master one serious interest. Don’t waste your time with unrelated activities.
Innovation is a bottoms-up, decentralized, and unpredictable thing, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be managed.
from his book: The Lean Startup
We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.
from her book: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”.