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In this special episode, Dustin joins as a panelist for this wide ranging conversation in collaboration with PeakSpan Capital. The panel is moderated by Russell Perkins, a Senior Associate and features Sanket Merchant, a Partner at PeakSpan covering a wide variety of trending higher ed topics. They explore how edtech is impacting everything from admissions, vocational education, and student success.


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About the Podcast

Dustin Ramsdell


Dustin Ramsdell

Dustin Ramsdell is a Higher EdTech content creator and influencer who aims to drive meaningful conversations with top leaders in the field. His show, The Higher Ed Geek Podcast, explores all the nuances of higher education, with a focus on innovative technology and practices from his fellow professionals. Dustin also currently works as the Community Engagement Lead at Pathify. He loves craft beer, good pizza, and sustainability. Dustin lives happily in Delaware with his wife, Jenn, their daughter, Ellie.

Russell Perkins


Russell Perkins

Russell joined PeakSpan Capital in 2022. Prior to joining PeakSpan, Russell sourced and advised growth stage technology companies on M&A and capital raises as a member of the Investment Banking team at Vista Point Advisors, covering vertically focused SaaS and internet businesses. Before Vista Point, Russell began his career in the Investment Banking Division of Financial Technology Partners.

Sanket Merchant


Sanket Merchant

Sanket has worked with growth-stage technology businesses his whole career and has been a partner to over a dozen portfolio companies at PeakSpan. He leads PeakSpan’s EdTech (including L&D), HR Tech, and IT/Infrastructure investment themes. Of note, he has led investments in and currently sits on the Board of Directors at several relevant EdTech/HR Tech scale-ups, including Bongo (AI-powered video assessments), Epignosis (high-velocity LMS), Fuel50 (Enterprise internal mobility and AI talent marketplace), among others. Before joining PeakSpan, Sanket worked in the Technology, Media, and Telecom Group at Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI), where he spent almost four years supporting B2B software businesses through M&A and capital markets transactions. Sanket holds a B.B.A. in Finance with a minor in Economics from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder (Go Buffs!). Sanket lives in the Bay Area with his wife and is the father of toddler twin boys – hands down the best job (or responsibility) in the world!

The Higher Ed Geek

The Higher Ed Geek Podcast explores the impact of edtech on the student experience by speaking with diverse leaders from institutions, companies, and nonprofit organizations. Each week we aim to provide an engaging, fun, and relevant dose of professional development that honors the wide range of work happening all across the higher ed ecosystem. Come geek out with us! 

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