The Story of Magoosh
Despite doing well on their GMATs while using old-school prep methods, Bhavin, Hansoo, Pejman, and Vikram knew there had to be a better way to study. “Why should students have to take expensive, inconvenient classes or use outdated books with poor explanations just to prep for these tests?”, they thought. Many long nights later, Magoosh was born!
Our goal is to take the best of traditional teaching and share it with students everywhere online. Everyone should have access to convenient, effective, and enjoyable ways to learn.
With our friendly and experienced teachers, an easy-to-use interface, and consistently excellent material, we’re off to a great start!
What’s Magoosh?Magoosh is a play on an Old Persian word, magush, one who is highly-learned, wise, and generous. It actually comes from the same root as the English word “magic”. Neat, huh?
The Magoosh Team
CEO & Founder
Bhavin earned his BS/BA in Economics and Computer Science from Duke University and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He’s on a mission to change the way people learn. Years ago, Bhavin played on several Nationals-level ultimate frisbee teams. Now, he eats gelato.
Lead Software Engineer
Zach has been Magoosh’s technical wizard for two and a half years. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with a minor in Japanese from UC Berkeley. Zach likes good interface design and bad sci-fi movies. He has a crazy coffee cup and his favorite GRE word is misanthrope.
Director of Marketing
Margarette graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in English Literature and Linguistics. Working at Magoosh combines many of her favorite things, like algorithms, branding, and the Internet. She also enjoys dystopic fiction, Chipotle, and learning about learning.
For the last ten years, Chris has been helping students excel on the SAT, GRE, and GMAT. In this time, he has coached 5 students to a perfect SAT score. Some of his GRE students have raised their scores by nearly 400 points. He has taken many GMAT students from the doldrums of the 600s to the coveted land of the 700+.
Mike has a BS in Physics and an MA in Religion, both from Harvard, and over 20 years of teaching experience specializing in math, science, and standardized exams. Mike likes smashing foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets.
Rachel graduated with a double major in History and French from UC Berkeley. She loves writing and researching, and has written for several publications. Rachel will forever be a student at heart. In her free time she can be found eating peanut butter, listening to the Beatles, and going to parks.
Lena graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in English Literature and Gender Studies. She is an experienced freelance writer and editor. Lena has edited and contributed to a number of arts and literature publications. She spends much of her free time covering things in glitter.
Standardized tests and English grammar are two of Lucas’s favorite things, and he’s been teaching both since 2008. Between his time at Bard College and his time spent teaching abroad, he’s tried to learn a total of three other languages. He speaks none of them well.
Sharat studied Marketing and Finance at the University of Michigan. In his free time, he is trying to learn Spanish. He also loves traveling, playing tennis, and eating dessert first. On Saturdays during the fall, he can be found watching Michigan football games. Go Blue!
Kevin graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Politics and a minor in Film. He loves education, grammar, bluegrass, the Sierras, and the Pacific. The vastness of the universe does not deter him from hoping to meet an intelligent life form one day.
Ronke graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Math and Science Education. Outside of work, you can find her eating with friends, eating with family, eating with strangers, or any such activity involving good food.
Office and Operations Manager
Amrita got her BA in Political Economy at UC Berkeley. She loves people operations, from hiring to team culture, and just making people happy. On the weekends she can be found getting lost on road trips, eating fish tacos, and exploring different state parks.
Rita earned both her BA and her Master of Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego, where she also studied Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She loves education and community development, and satisfies her chronic wanderlust by traveling and trying new cuisines whenever possible.
Mark graduated from UMass Amherst with a BFA in Studio Art. When he’s not working at Magoosh, Mark can be found frequenting galleries and museums. He also likes hiking, climbing, traveling, and searching for places in San Francisco that will show Celtics games.
Zack is senior at UC Berkeley earning his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. When he’s not at his computer, he enjoys camping, running, cooking, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Yurie is currently a senior at UC Berkeley double majoring in English and Media Studies with a minor in Education. She loves Doctor Who, Victorian era novels, big cities, and lemons. Her happiest state of being is reading at home with a book in one hand and a cup of English breakfast tea in the other.
Hansoo, an Amherst College and UC Berkeley alum, was Magoosh’s visionary and leader. He was the founding CEO. In December 2011, he was diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer, and in March 2013, he passed away. We miss Hansoo greatly. You can read more about him here.
Pejman double-dipped earning both his BA and MBA at UC Berkeley. Despite being a startup enthusiast, he has worked at Deloitte and Microsoft, but we’ll forgive him. He’s currently CEO of Cody, an app that connects you to a fitness community for sharing and discovering workouts.