The LRN Team
Founder & CEO
With a history of involvement in cutting-edge projects, Richard has been a tech innovator for a long time. Educated at the University of Texas at Arlington and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Richard has been recognized for his many successes and the impact he’s had in the tech community over the years. He has helped develop purification methods for carbon nanotubes, served as the Engineering Director at a world-renowned humanoid robotics company, and worked in genetics on the Human Genome Project at the UT Southwestern Bioinformatics Lab. In 2011 Richard established RoboKind, which creates small, facially expressive robots for use in education. The company’s mission is to provide cost-effective and inclusive education for all, with a focus on teaching social and emotional skills to children on the autism spectrum, as well as STEM education.
In addition to these accomplishments, he is a Forbes Technology Council member, a 2017 Tech Titan, a Finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 Award in the Southwest region, and was recently selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award for the year’s most promising private technology ventures.
Founder & Chairman
Fred Margolin has a B.S. from The Wharton School in Finance and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is co-founder of both LRN and RoboKind. As RoboKind’s CEO he is responsible for strategy, finance, overseeing content creation and sales/marketing.
Fred has founded successful companies in insurance, finance, real estate, media, hospitality and technology. He purchased US Restaurant Properties as a private partnership and through an IPO converted it into the second largest triple-net REIT (real estate investment trust) on the NYSE with assets of $1.1 Billion. The assets were purchased by GE capital in 2005. He was the largest franchisee of CiCi’s Pizza with 88 restaurants which were subsequently sold to another restaurant group. He founded Indoor Direct, a television network for fast food restaurants which merged with the Walmart Network.
He founded Intercon General Agency, a national insurance marketing and processing operation which specialized in developing specialized insurance programs for banks and auto dealers. It had revenues of $100 million, operated in 28 states and was sold to Security of Hartford Insurance Company. He was also a major lender in the medical receivables industry generating over $100 m in loans. Fred cares deeply about fairly compensating teachers for their content and about making quality learning materials more accessible to students everywhere.
Mark is an IBM Futurist and blockchain evangelist.
In 2017 and 2018, he’s served as an advisor or C-Level executive to a variety of blockchain projects, including Boundre Group, Veritoken, Robokind, Bitqyck, as well as several blockchain projects in “stealth mode.”
In 2015 Mark founded Roger Wilco Agency, a digital content marketing firm. In mid-2016, he accepted a partnership at the newly created Dallas office for Barista Ventures, a venture capital firm which remains a nexus for activity in the Dallas startups scene.
Aside from past forays into New Media like founding SiliconANGLE Media or serving as Associate Editor at Mashable.com and his own sites, he has worked as a developer and project manager for many large corporations such as Apple Computers, IBM, Nokia, Cox Communications and CompUSA Corporate.
Ben is a CPA in the financial consulting sector, providing services across the spectrum of finance and accounting to industries from restaurants to healthcare to container freight logistics. This path has given Ben cause During his career, Ben has performed all roles within the accounting function and has served clients from revenues of <$10M and >$60B. A representative listing of clients include the following:
- A $500M restaurant company unexpectedly had their corporate controller resign, at which point the CFO called Ben’s firm and requested him by name, having heard Ben’s name from a mutual connection at a previous client. During his time at the company, Ben helped implement the CFO’s offshoring project and managed an RFP for a new outside auditor.
- Along with two colleagues, served as interim Controller for a $250M container freight shipping company. Over a nine-month span, the team built a monthly close process, correcting millions of dollars of incorrect accounting which had taken place under previous leadership. Ben also served as the liaison between the client and the external auditing firm, ensuring that deliverables were created and deadlines were met.
- When a $2B government contractor was considering an IPO, Ben worked on that team, writing accounting policies and technical accounting memos on subjects such as inventory and joint venture analysis.
- When an Atlanta-based private equity group with $1.5B AUM decided to establish an HVAC platform, Ben performed the purchase accounting, providing opening balance sheet workbooks and technical memos as support.
- Along with one other colleague, Ben integrated the finance and accounting functions of two acquisitions made by an anesthesia staffing company. The transition period included developing processes for more than $2M in monthly hospital billings, creating monthly close processes, and converting both acquired companies from Quickbooks to Great Plains.
M Dean 'Mick' Jones
Lead Solidity Developer
Cody Marx Bailey
Lead Application Developer