We welcomed two new team members in the first month of 2012 — Yair Tygiel and Franc Camps-Febrar. We’re psyched to have them here, and made sure to grill them with a few introductory questions before they got too settled. Here’s what we learned:
Yair joins Knewton as the Executive Assistant. When I asked him how he would describe his new role to his grandmother, Yair said, “I’m the right hand man to a few great minds and we’re trying to make education better for everyone (only it would be in Hebrew so you probably wouldn’t understand it.” Duly noted. Hebrew isn’t the only language Yair knows; he once hitchhiked from San Francisco to Honduras, picking up enough Spanish along the way to test out of the highest level of Spanish classes in college and freeing up enough space in his course schedule to graduate with a double major. Yair grew up in Palo Alto, studied at UC-Santa Cruz, and currently lives in Brooklyn. About the photo: Yair grows an annual mustache to raise money for ‘Movember’ prostate cancer research…. we’re waiting for November to see it for ourselves!
Franc comes to Knewton in the position of Master Data Storyteller. His grandmother-friendly description of his job? “I draw figures to explain whether the students that we work with are learning new things.” Originally from Barcelona, Franc studied at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and earned a master’s degree from the City University of New York. His master’s thesis in neuroaesthetics was done at NYU’s Center for Brain Imaging and combined with a documentary on creativity, which “really gave a different way of looking at things.” Franc’s favorite writer is Julio Cortazar, and he couldn’t live without music, the internet, and the sea.