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 “Why should students have to take expensive, inconvenient classes or use outdated books with poor explanations just to prep for these tests?”, they thought.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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Jian (Sam) Ju
Sam loves examining data at Magoosh to make test-takers’ lives easier. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and singing along with his electronic keyboard. He has a Masters in Development Practice from Berkeley and a Bachelor of Management from Renmin University of China.
Kristin has a PhD from UC Irvine and holds degrees in Education and English. She’s been working in education since 2004 and helping students prepare for standardized tests and college and graduate school admissions since 2007. She enjoys the agonizing bliss of marathon running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.
Alex graduated from Dev Bootcamp earlier this year, finishing a long about-face from English major and elementary school art teacher to programmer. He loves puzzles, cooking like a mad scientist, climbing rocks both real and fake, writing music on computers, and the NBA (go Celtics!).
Wesley helps spread the word about Magoosh to potential test takers. He graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Japanese. In his spare time, he can be found snowboarding in Tahoe, playing video games, or traveling abroad.
High School 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!
High School 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.
High School Blogger
Elise is your typical senior, high school girl who sword fights daily and is pretty much convinced that bananas were a food sent from heaven. Despite residing in Southern California, where she attends San Dieguito Academy high school, she has no surfing abilities whatsoever; it’s actually rather sad. Elise will be attending Columbia University next fall to study environmental science and is thrilled at the opportunity to help teenagers during such an exciting time in their lives.
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.