Adam Freed

Managing Partner


Adam Freed is a Managing Partner at GSV Ventures, an education- and workforce-focused venture firm investing in transformative learning companies across the Pre-K to Gray spectrum. Adam has spent much of his career building businesses and leading teams in high-growth companies. He was CEO and board chair of education marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers, which recently sold to IXL Learning. Adam helped grow the company to an annual reach of more than 75% of all K–12 teachers in the US, Canada, and Australia. Prior to TpT, Adam served as COO of artisanal goods purveyor Etsy. Adam also led International Product Management and International Sales Operations at Google—before, during, and after the company’s IPO.Before joining the education and technology worlds, Adam was a TV reporter and anchor in both English and Japanese. He is the recipient of both a Knight Fellowship and a local TV Emmy for his work.Adam has his undergraduate degree from Harvard in Linguistics and his master’s degree from Yale Law School. He is also a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Adam also speaks 11 languages. A Brooklynite for the past decade, Adam serves on the board of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and lives in the creative borough with his husband, Ken, their two children, and their dog, Kiki.