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 “Why should students have to take expensive, inconvenient classes or use outdated books with poor explanations just to prep for these tests?”, they thought.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

Bhavin Parikh
Bhavin Parikh
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.

Zach Millman
Zach Millman
Lead Software Engineer

Zach has been Magoosh’s technical wizard for over four years. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with a minor in Japanese from UC Berkeley. Zach likes good design, weird electronic music, and bad sci-fi movies. He has a crazy coffee cup and his favorite GRE word is misanthrope.

Margarette Jung
Margarette Jung
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.

Chris Lele
Chris Lele
GRE/SAT Expert

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 McGarry
Mike McGarry
GMAT Expert

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 Wisuri
Rachel Wisuri
Community Manager

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 Brooks
Lena Brooks
Content Production Manager

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.

Lucas Fink
Lucas Fink
TOEFL/SAT Expert

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 Akasapu
Sharat Akasapu
Product Manager

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 Rocci
Kevin Rocci
Student Help Lead

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 Aderonmu
Ronke Aderonmu
Outreach Manager

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.

Amrita Kulkarni
Amrita Kulkarni
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 Kreig
Rita Kreig
Inbound Marketer

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 Thomas
Mark Thomas
Designer

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 Mayeda
Zack Mayeda
Software Engineer

Zack graduated from UC Berkeley with a 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.

Peter Poer
Peter Poer
Content Lead

Peter earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, a master’s in teaching from American University, and a BA in math from the University of Arizona. He’s passionate about student achievement and educational equity. Peter enjoys cooking, running slowly, and going to bed comically early.

Andrew Gealy
Andrew Gealy
Student Help Associate

Andrew earned his B.A. in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley while dabbling in Education and Computer Science. He spends way too much time theorycrafting his favorite games and enjoys playing as much sand and indoor volleyball as his body allows.

Maizie Simpson
Maizie Simpson
PR and Editorial

Maizie is a senior at the University of Arizona earning her BA in journalism. When she’s not writing articles or correcting grammar (her favorite pastime), you can find her trying to learn strange languages or eating chips and salsa. She also likes traveling, collecting maps, reading Latin American literature, and singing Disney songs off-key.

Madeline Lee
Madeleine Lee
SAT Blogger

Maddi is currently a high school junior and freelance writer featured in multiple literary publications and anthologies. When she isn’t writing, she loves traveling, doodling, and most of all, sleeping. She hopes to help guide fellow students through the roller coaster of SAT and college admissions…that is, as long as she survives the journey herself!

Nadira Berman
Nadira Berman
SAT Blogger

Nadira is a high school senior at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. She is the editor-in-chief of her school newspaper. She loves tennis, photography, and binge-watching series on Netflix. As the SAT and college admissions are both very relevant to her life right now, she is excited to help others by sharing her experiences and giving advice.


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Magoosh Alumni

Hansoo Lee
Founder

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 Pour-Moezzi
Founder

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.

Magoosh Investors

500 Startups

David Charron

Richard Chen

Warren Hellman

Mitch Kapor

Jack Larson

Keith Ogata

Devon George

Michael Berolzheimer

Joshua Langenthal

Chris Heid

William Vederman