Empowering People to the 21st Century Life they Deserve

 

Climb is equalizing employment opportunities by helping applicants stand out with their skills, personality, and intelligence rather than solely being measured by a 4 year degree.​

We focus on real jobs that allow the middle class to climb the career ladder and create their futures.

 

About Climb

The world is quickly automating and threatening to leave an entire class behind. Many think that the jobs are disappearing, but the reality is they have just shifted, and there is a very large opportunity for Middle America to redefine itself.

 

Our economy needs people that are comfortable with technology to operate the machines across every job type.

 

This doesn’t require a 4-year degree, but very often a willingness to learn and some inherent traits that make someone rock star employees in the 21st Century. Climb wants to help find those people and match them up with the employers that already have those jobs open so we can move the economy and their lives forward.

 

We are a collective of passionate entrepreneurs and technologists that have raised tens of millions in venture capital, sold companies to major education providers, and created strategies for Kaplan, Sylvan, Pearson, and the Gates Foundations.  

Team

Cristian Chiric

LEAD DEVELOPER

A passionate programmer with more than 10 years of experience. Recently moved his focus towards mobile application development and hopes that each mobile app released will create a positive impact. Beside working hard, Cristian likes to travel and discover as many people and places as possible.

Cristian's Why:

I hope Climb successfully connects people with their dream jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Buckleman

CTO

 

 

 

 

Dave Garza

SVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Dave brings a deep background in education, training and workforce development serving in Executive roles at Cengage and Pearson Education overseeing their Higher Ed Skills Divisions. In these roles Dave lead teams responsible for delivering innovative learning and career readiness content for numerous career sectors comprising many of today's new collar jobs. Understanding that employers need qualified applicants to fill critical openings, Dave has focused the vast majority of his career efforts on making the connection between skilled job seekers and employers truly efficient.  

Dave's Why:

I am very enthused by Climb's focus on facilitating the ability for employers to very quickly hire extraordinarily qualified individuals. Accomplishing Climb's mission is critical for the success of every stake holder including employers, employees, their families and the communities where they live and work.

Mike Colonnese

SVP SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

Michael is a social impact entrepreneur in deep experience in the world of education and workforce development who has spent years at the forefront of the Skills Gap. He was previously the Founder & CEO of WorkAmerica, a marketplace dedicated to connecting students and alumni from community colleges to hiring employers.

He also sits on the Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation's Hispanic Serving Institutes initiative in community colleges, the DC Techweek Advisory Council, and advises startups in his spare time.

Mike's Why:

I am excited to bring new and lasting opportunities to job seekers while simplifying the hiring process for employers!

Jason Palmer

CO-FOUNDER/BOARD MEMBER

Jason Palmer is General Partner at New Markets Venture Partners, one of the nation’s leading education-focused venture capital firms. Jason brings twenty years of experience as an education technology entrepreneur, executive and investor, and focuses on fund strategy, supporting portfolio companies and leveraging deep connections with industry leaders.

Prior to his current role, Jason served as Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading postsecondary innovation efforts to improve the outcomes of low-income, minority and first-generation college students by investing in colleges, universities and entrepreneurs pursuing digital and adaptive learning.

Jason's Why:

I believe that too many people are caught in hourly jobs that don't allow them to create a life. I want people to Climb into careers that change the trajectory of their family's live forever.

CEO/CO-FOUNDER/BOARD  Saad is a serial entreprenuer that builds mission-driven companies. Most recently he was the CEO of Citelighter, a venture backed Ed-tech company that helped students become better critical thinkers and writers, and eventually sold to Sylvan Learning. Prior to Citelighter, Saad led marketing and sales efforts at HealthCental, a Sequioa-backed healthcare company with a successful exit, where he helped create healthcare communities that empowered patients to take care back into their own hands.  Saad started his career at Eli Lilly & Company where he was responsible for a $4B brand's market research.   Saad's Why:  I think that the education system is in the midst of evolving and there has been an entire generation that did not have access to all of the resources other's have had, but are incredibly talented. The lack of resources are precluding them from entering the labor... and it shouldn't. I beleive that Climb has the opportunity to and will change that paradigm. 

Saad Alam

CEO/CO-FOUNDER/BOARD

Saad is a serial entreprenuer that builds mission-driven companies. Most recently he was the CEO of Citelighter, a venture backed Ed-tech company that helped students become better critical thinkers and writers, and eventually sold to Sylvan Learning. Prior to Citelighter, Saad led marketing and sales efforts at HealthCental, a Sequioa-backed healthcare company with a successful exit, where he helped create healthcare communities that empowered patients to take care back into their own hands. Saad started his career at Eli Lilly & Company where he was responsible for a $4B brand's market research.

Saad's Why:

I think that the education system is in the midst of evolving and there has been an entire generation that did not have access to all of the resources other's have had, but are incredibly talented. The lack of resources are precluding them from entering the labor... and it shouldn't. I beleive that Climb has the opportunity to and will change that paradigm.