George Kane is General Manager of Education Ventures at Emerson Collective, an impact-driven investor based in Palo Alto, California. He helps source and evaluate new investment opportunities, and has a special focus on developing services to help existing portfolio companies achieve growth and impact. George joined Emerson from Apple, where he worked with educators, ed tech startups, and leading publishers to build a massive global ecosystem of education apps and content. Before moving from Boston to the Bay Area, George managed a $130M product line at Pearson that spanned pre-K through 12, launched a new custom publishing business, and as SVP for Business Development and Innovation, drove partnerships, M&A, and investments related to technology. In prior roles, George developed and managed education businesses for Blackboard, Houghton Mifflin, School Specialty, and other companies serving K12, higher ed, and adult/professional learning.