Jeff Shelstad

Jeff Shelstad
Co-founder, CEO, Flat World Knowledge, Inc.

Website | @jeffshelstad

Jeff is the Co-founder and CEO of Flat World Knowledge, the largest publisher of free and open college textbooks for students worldwide. In January, Flat World announced a $15 million Series B funding round led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG and Bessemer Venture Partners. Prior, the company raised over $11.5 million in private investment capital.

Before setting out to disrupt the $8 billion college textbook publishing industry, Jeff served in various editorial and senior management positions in higher education publishing. He was Vice President and Editorial Director at Pearson Education and Publisher at McGraw-Hill. He has personally acquired some of the most successful business textbook authors in print today.

A proud native Minnesotan, Jeff graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management in 1987 (Go Gophers!) and later received his Executive MBA from Duke University in 2004.


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Jeff Shelstad (Flat World Knowledge, Inc. ), Linda Holliday (Semi-Linear, New York Angels), Mark Jacobsen (O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures), Stephen Koenig (Interweave), Brian Rich (Catalyst Investors), Rick Richter (Ruckus Media)
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Investors are always on the lookout for disruption and areas ripe for growth, so it's no surprise that the world of publishing has more than a few eyes from the investment community focused upon it lately. From VCs looking to invest in startups, to conservative firms looking to invest in more established companies, this session will explore who is investing where, and why. Read more.
  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Aptara
  • Bowker
  • Connotate
  • HP
  • Jouve North America
  • LibreDigital
  • Malloy
  • MarkLogic
  • Random House, Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Baker & Taylor
  • The BookMasters Group
  • Constellation
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Mashery
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfram
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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