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ReUp Raises $6M, Runway Innovation Hub Gets A New CEO & More

Fundraising

$6 Million

SAN FRANCISCO — ReUp Education, the only company solely focused on helping colleges to re-enroll students who have “stopped out” of higher education, announced the closing of a $6 million Series A funding round. TDM Partners and Hereditas Capital Management led the funding round, joining existing social impact investors Serious Change, Strada Education Network, Impact Engine, Michelson Runway and Bisk Ventures.

“At a time when one in five first-year students don’t return for a second year, supporting students who have stopped-out to help them re-enroll is absolutely critical to fulfilling higher education’s promise of not just access—but completion,” said Sarah Horn, CEO of ReUp Education. “This investment represents both powerful validation of our social impact mission and broader recognition of the imperative of helping adults find a pathway back to college.”

Personnel

Pocket.watch CMO

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Kerry Tucker

Pocket.watch, the new studio that creates global franchises from the YouTube stars and characters loved by Generation Alpha, announced it has appointed veteran marketing and technology executive Kerry Tucker to the position of Chief Marketing Officer.

As pocket.watch’s CMO, Tucker will drive the company’s content and consumer products marketing strategy, lead brand positioning, manage all public relations and corporate communications, and oversee the consumer experience for the quickly growing startup.

Runway Innovation CEO

Runway Innovation Hub, a premiere innovation platform at the epicenter of San Francisco’s tech ecosystem, announced that Sandra Miller has been named CEO.

Miller joins Runway with deep experience in technology innovation and entrepreneurship from organizations such as Stanford University, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Accenture Ventures and Singularity University. Her experience, expertise and leadership will help Runway to thrive in the ever-changing global innovation landscape.

Chief Customer Officer

BetterCloud, the leading SaaS Operations Management platform, announced today the appointment of Rachel Orston as Chief Customer Officer (CCO) as part of its continued focus to drive stellar customer experiences across the business. With more than two decades driving customer success for a number of prominent SaaS and IT technology companies like Sony and IBM, Orston will be responsible for leading customer experience activities across the entire organization, as well as execution across the customer success, services and support teams.

Most recently, Orston served as CEO at UserIQ where she helped drive significant revenue growth and venture capital funding for the company. During her tenure, the company earned “Leader” status as a Customer Success platform by G2Crowd, was named as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2017, and a TAG Top 40 Innovative Company in 2017 and 2018.