Innovators of Color

Adrian Ridner

Co-founder and CEO

Adrian Ridner is co-founder and CEO of, a comprehensive learning platform providing academic support for learners and educators. simplifies learning to help over 30 million learners and educators a month. As a Latino edtech founder and first-generation college graduate, Adrian has spent the past two decades focused on making education accessible for under-supported learners. Study has donated $24 million in- kind value across social impact programs committed to Making Education Accessible through our Pledge 1% partnerships and programs focused on increasing access and equity in education for underserved learners.

In 2019, Silicon Valley Business Journal named Adrian a 40 Under 40 honoree and he was selected to be on Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Game Changers 2020 team to cast a vision of transformative learning and its social impact. Adrian serves on the board of the Riecken Foundation, promoting literacy and access to knowledge in Central America since 2000. He also serves as a board member for Cal Poly State University's Engineering & Computer Science advisory council where he has helped transform the curriculum to prepare graduates for their fast-changing technology careers.

Adrian graduated from Cal Poly University with a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.