Our Story


About Our Company!

Zaption, a San Francisco based tech startup, is revolutionizing online video for education. Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive video lesson that transforms video from a "lean back" experience to an engaging "lean forward" activity. With Zaption’s analytics, instructors get immediate feedback on how students interact with the content and understand key concepts. Zaption has received seed funding from Dr. Michael J. Burry of Scion Capital and the NewSchools Venture Fund.

Our Team

Who is behind Zaption?

Charlie Stigler
Charlie Stigler leads Zaption’s product team. One of Peter Thiel’s "20 Under 20" fellows, Charlie left the computer science program at Columbia University to start Zaption. Charlie's previous work includes the open-source study application SelfControl. In his free time Charlie is a competitive long-distance runner, a and an amateur hang-glider pilot.
Jim Stigler
Jim Stigler is a professor, researcher, author and entrepreneur. He is an associate dean at UCLA, co-founder of Startup UCLA, and led the video studies for TIMSS - the international project to compare math education. Jim is also the author of two popular education books, The Teaching Gap and The Learning Gap, and his previous company, LessonLab, was an early innovator in online video for education. LessonLab was acquired by Pearson in 2003.
Chris Fitzgerald Walsh
Chris Fitzgerald Walsh leads Zaption’s business development and operations. He previously led product development and strategic initiatives for New Tech Network, and was the co-founder of Brightstorm. Chris is also the creator of the Infinite Thinking Machine. In his free time, he enjoys family adventures, kayaking, and searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Chris earned his M.A. in Learning, Design & Technology from Stanford, and a B.A. and M.Ed. from UCLA.
Fiona Nowlin
Learning Solutions Manager
Fiona Nowlin is responsible for delighting our customers with world class support, and leading Zaption's content initiatives. She is an experienced researcher, project manager, and ed tech trainer who worked for the University of Michigan’s School of Education before joining Zaption. In her free time she enjoys running half marathons and baking homemade oreo cookies. Fiona earned a B.A. in Psychology and Modern Greek from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Renee Bruner
Marketing and Partnerships Maven
Renee Bruner is responsible for shouting the latest and greatest news about Zaption from the rooftops. She is also an ed tech designer and producer who has worked on everything from interactive children's eBooks to educational games. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, watching independent films, and baking excessively. Renee earned an M.A. in Learning, Design & Technology from Stanford and a B.A. in English from Rice.
Charlie Young
Client Happiness Guru
Charlie "Cy" Young is responsible for ensuring that each of Zaption's site licenses remain up to date with training, application updates, and support. Prior to joining Zaption, Charlie was a trial attorney in both criminal and dependency matters. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys being outdoors with his dogs, traveling, and watching reruns of Frasier. He earned his B.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literature & Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific. #YayHamlet
Chris King
UI Designer
Chris King is responsible for making Zaption beautiful. In his free time, he enjoys working on digital illustrations, graphic novels and animations. Chris earned a B.A. in Graphic Design at California State University, Fullerton, and was mentored by Stephen Silver at the Silver Drawing Academy in Character Design.
Matt Rust
Software Engineer
Matt Rust helps develop new and exciting features for Zaption. He is an experienced web developer and ran his own web development company before joining the team. In his free time, he enjoys kiteboarding, playing board games, and tinkering in Minecraft. Matt earned a B.A. in Economics from Reed College in Portland, OR.
Nikos Zinas
Software Engineer
Nikos Zinas helps develop the core Zaption product. With more than 10 years of experience in web development and a degree in computer engineering, he is passionate about web standards and the open web platform. Apart from coding, he enjoys the gym, climbing, scuba diving, rock music, and searching for the question to which the answer is 42.