Ray Henderson is an ed-tech strategic advisor and seed stage investor. He has an extensive history as an entrepreneur and operating executive. His first contribution to internet based products was developing the Companion Website category internet study guide category at Pearson in the early 90’s. He went on to help pioneer the first SAAS and outsourced program management delivery model at eCollege.
As an operating executive Ray set an example of open standards development and stewardship. While president of Pearson’s media division he catalyzed a publishing industry commitment to interoperable content standards. He authored the original whitepaper describing the standard, convened the heads of media within the publishing industry, and secured their commitment to provide funding to IMS and support what the Common Cartridge standard. Following a move to lead ANGEL Learning, he continued his commitment to IMS standards and made a strategic imperative being the first to market with a working implementation of LTI. Following ANGEL’s acquisition by Blackboard, he led the charge to bring this market leader from tracking developments to actively engaging in standards adoption. In recognition of his sustained industry support for IMS standards development and adoption, Ray received a lifetime achievement award from IMS in 2010.
Today, Ray is an active seed stage investor and advises several firms active in capital markets for ed-tech. He’s expanded his focus beyond higher ed into K12 and adult learning. He is currently advising Nobel Learning (largest provider of pre-K education), Metametrics (largest provider of educational measurement in K12), Lumen Learning (Higher Ed OER provider), HelioCampus (higher ed analytics) and Revature (post-baccalaureate talent development in IT).