Karl Rectanus

Cofounder & CEO

Learn Platform

Karl is an educator, entrepreneur, advisor, and the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of LearnPlatform, a for-benefit research organization recently acquired by industry leader Instructure. At LearnPlatform, he guides a team committed to expanding equitable access for all students to the tools and teaching that work best for them. Karl, his team, and their proprietary efficacy evaluation technologies serve over seven million students across the United States. The organization’s ground-breaking work in measuring the impact of education technology has created a market category and industry standard for evidence, referenced both in academia and the press, including The New York Times, Education Week, EdSurge, and others.Originally an educator and administrator in the United States and abroad, LearnPlatform is Karl’s fourth successful education innovation organization. Karl has lived, worked, and studied in 12 countries, was a James M Johnston Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completed graduate courses at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Anderson Business School, and California Institute of Technology executive extension. Karl has been named a BMW Herbert Quandt Transatlantic Fellow, North Carolina Teaching Fellow and Education Policy Fellow, and serves on non-profit boards dedicated to equity, access and effective public policy. Karl, his wife, and three daughters now live, work, and play in Raleigh, North Carolina.