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Managing Partner


GSV Ventures


Adam Freed is a Managing Partner at GSV Ventures, an education- and workforce-focused venture firm investing in transformative learning companies across the Pre-K to Gray spectrum.

Adam has spent much of his career building businesses and leading teams in high growth companies. He is current board chair and former CEO of Teachers Pay Teachers. Prior to TpT, Adam served as COO of artisanal goods purveyor Etsy. Adam also led International Product Management and International Sales Operations at Google — before, during, and after the company’s IPO.

Before joining the education and technology worlds, Adam was a TV reporter and anchor in both English and Japanese. He is the recipient of both a Knight Fellowship and a local TV Emmy for his work.

Adam loves helping other leaders develop and thrive. He is a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He got his undergraduate degree at Harvard in Linguistics and his master’s degree from Yale Law School.

A Brooklynite for the past decade, Adam serves on the board of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and lives in the creative borough with his husband, Ken, their two children, and their dog, Kiki. Adam also speaks 11 languages, including Spanish, Finnish, Turkish, and Japanese. He has lived in 11 locales in five countries around the world.

Adam is on Twitter as @adamfreed and you can also email him or learn more via

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