John Katzman is the founder and CEO of Noodle Education, an education startup whose eponymous search engine helps students and parents find educational resources and schools. Prior to Noodle, Katzman founded 2U (originally 2tor), and served as its CEO and Chairman until 2012. 2U works with research universities to create high-quality online degree programs; partners include the University of Southern California (USC), Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University, Duke, Emory, and Northwestern.
Before founding Noodle and 2U, Katzman founded The Princeton Review, and served as its CEO and Chairman until 2007. At that time, the Review helped over 50% of students applying to US colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. Further, it worked with hundreds of colleges and K-12 school districts to help them improve educational outcomes and university admissions.
Katzman is the co-author of five books and many articles. He serves on the Boards of Directors for several non-profits, including the National Association of Independent Schools and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He has helped launch several start-ups, mostly in the area of education technology, and has invested in many others.
Katzman is married to Alicia Ernst; they have a son (19) and daughter (16). His personal interests include ice hockey, running, skiing, and architecture.