Our Company

 

We are experienced entrepreneurs, technologists, and educators who are passionate about applying innovation to the education of students across the U.S. and around the world. We developed Spotlight’s unique, proprietary technology to turn education data into something that is more easily and certainly put to use: personalized stories. 

Spotlight’s experienced team works with schools, districts and business partners to develop high-impact reports that effect changes in behavior and improvements in instruction and operation. 

We operate a world-class SaaS report generation system that can produce millions of reports at a time, and that requires little investment of time or energy by school system personnel. 

With our cutting-edge technology, we are addressing many of education's most pressing problems, ranging from investing a diverse range of parents in their children's education to supporting first-generation students in attaining a college education. 

 

Our Founders

Josh Newman

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Josh Newman has started (and exited) a series of successful companies, including EdTec, the largest provider of business systems to charter schools. Also a data analyst, Josh understands the power of data – when it’s made clear and useful. “In building EdTec, which provides business services to over 500 schools, I saw how much time educators have to spend just figuring out what all those data mean. That didn’t seem right to me, so I set out to develop something that would solve this problem."

Mike Fee

THE EDUCATOR

Mike Fee started as a classroom teacher and has spent his career in various facets of the education system. Attending business school and leading education organizations showed him the importance of decision-making that’s driven by transparent, relevant information. “As a teacher, a teacher-manager and a leader of education organizations, I saw that information has the power to inform decision-making, but also to overwhelm. The Spotlight vision just made sense to me."

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Dan Finkelstein

THE ENGINEER

Dan Finkelstein has been creating and evolving web-based platforms since 1995. He has spent much of his career building robust systems that educate and entertain, and that collect data to inform sound decision-making. “I've spent time in and around schools for much of my career. I've also seen how powerful language is when made personal to a user. I’m happy to apply my experience to building a sophisticated system that makes education data more useful and more powerful."

Our Team

Our Advisors