The GSV Advisors team has been involved in over 75 equity and 43 M&A/financial advisory transactions in education and business services, representing in excess of $14.2 billion of transaction activity. And over the past 20 years, our principals have collectively completed 283 transactions totaling over $41.2 billion.

A testament to the types of partnerships we form with our clients, we're most proud of the ongoing relationships with those who rely on us for broad strategic guidance and representation.

Deborah Quazzo

Founder + Managing Partner

Deborah Quazzo

Deborah is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, a broker dealer providing advisory services to the education and human capital sectors. In addition, she is an active angel investor having made over 40 investments in the education and employment technology sectors. She also co-hosts, with Arizona State University, the annual ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit. This event, now in its 7th year, with over 2,500 in attendance, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global education and human capital landscape.

In 2001, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, an investment bank with offices across the U.S. which was acquired in 2007. She was previously a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Deborah currently serves on the board of Degreed and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW). She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, KIPP: Chicago, Marwen, National Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and The Board of Dean's Advisors at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She has also previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including the Chicago Board of Education, America's Promise Alliance, Teach for America Chicago, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University 1987.

Deborah Quazzo has more than 40 personal investments in dynamic education companies.

Michael Moe

Advisor

Michael Moe

Michael is an advisor to GSV Advisors and founder of its sister companies GSV Asset Management and GSV Capital. He also publishes a suite of newsletters on the growth economy, including Edu Weekly which focuses on the education market.

Michael has been a leader in championing innovation in education for over twenty years. In 1996, he wrote The Dawn of the Age of Knowledge which accurately foresaw many of the key developments in the industry including online education, charter schools, and global learning. He then published two subsequent influential white papers, The Book of Knowledge and The Knowledge Web. In addition to serving as co-Chairman of the Arizona State Education Innovation Council with ASU President Michael Crow, Michael is on the Board of Directors for ePals, StormWind, and the Center for Education Reform. He is also on the National Advisory Board for Communities in School as well as Board Observer for Grockit, RSmart, and Kno.

Michael is well known and regarded as one of the world's preeminent authorities on growth investing. His insights are routinely solicited by everyone from CNBC to Barron's to Congress. Recognized as one of the best and brightest investors on Wall Street, his honors include Institutional Investor's "All American" research team, The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" award, and being named by Business Week as "one of the best stock pickers in the country."

He has also written extensively about investing in the emerging growth equity markets. His acclaimed 2006 book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group) details Michael's investment process and philosophy which he's refined over more than two decades in the investment community. A business best-seller, Finding the Next Starbucks has gone through three printings in five languages and been lauded for its insights into investing in premier emerging growth companies.

Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities.

Michael Cohn

Director

Michael Cohn

Michael joined GSV Advisors as Vice President in May 2011 and brings over seven years of investment banking expertise. Michael has been involved in a wide range of strategic and capital markets transactions, advising a broad cross-section of clients across K-12, Higher Education, and Lifelong/Corporate Training. Michael also oversees the annual ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, which brings together over 2,000 of the most impactful education-focused entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, policymakers and philanthropists. He began his career as an Associate at Deloitte Corporate Finance, advising consumer products clients on both domestic and cross-border financing and strategic alternatives, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts. Michael holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and received a BBA with Honors from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Courtney Reilly

Director

Courtney Reilly

Courtney joined GSV Advisors in March 2014. Prior to joining GSV, Courtney worked as an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse in Chicago where she focused on a wide range of strategic and capital markets transactions in the Business and Education Services practice. Courtney began her career in the Dallas office of Bain & Company, advising companies on strategic and operational issues across a diverse range of industries, including consumer goods, aerospace and defense, insurance, airlines and chemicals. Subsequently, she worked with economic development advisory firm OTF Group on industrial development policy in Kigali, Rwanda. Courtney holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude with honors from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Anthropology and a BBA in Financial Consulting.

Brandon Thompson

Associate

Brandon Thompson

Brandon joined GSV Advisors in August 2014. Prior to joining GSV, Brandon worked as an Associate at Evolution Media Capital in Los Angeles focused on evaluating potential growth equity investments in the Media and Entertainment sectors. Brandon began his career in the Food, Consumer and Retail Investment Banking practice at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago advising companies on mergers and acquisitions, strategic financing alternatives and leveraged buyouts. Brandon received a BBA with Honors from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Sidarth Balaji

Associate

Sidarth Balaji

Sidarth joined GSV Advisors in December 2014. Prior to joining GSV, Sidarth worked as a Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst at UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. As a member of the Corporate Development team, Sidarth actively researched and evaluated potential acquisitions and investments for UnitedHealth Group's Technology and Services segment. Sidarth received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business from Northwestern University.