2gnō.me comes from the Greek gnōsis, knowledge.



2gnō.me Enhances Awareness
Our approach compares self-perception about skills and behaviors to actual proficiency, in context to other people and with 360° "outside-in" feedback from peers.

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2016 Re-Imagine Education
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2gnō.me Is Personal
We don’t just “measure” soft skills. Uniquely, the platform allows you to address skill gaps with personalized learning and professional development to maximize retention and outcomes.

2gnō.me Is Flexible
Our technology makes it easy to create and manage skill-building human narratives for students, candidates and employees. You can align to virtually any skillset assessment and learning framework.

2gnō.me Offers Accretive Value
For Educators and Business leaders, our solution helps you structure, analyze, and curate data about soft skills to enrich your organization’s health, improve quality of hiring, and meet your strategic objectives.



Leadership Team


Ilya Zeldin is an experienced entrepreneur and founder of the 2gnō.me concept. Before 2gnō.me, Ilya managed the global Service Provider Program at Dell, driving recurring revenue for the software portfolio with innovative go-to-market strategies. And before that, Ilya launched and scaled several start-ups. Ilya lives with his family in New York, with MBA from Georgetown University and BA in Sociology from SUNY at Stony Brook.

Lynn Gershman has been a trailblazer for teachers for more than 15 years, first as a classroom teacher and then in improving professional development to impact student learning. Now a PhD candidate at the University of Denver, Lynn aims to strengthen education through technology by finally connecting teachers' professional development to their evaluation to make the process useful to teachers and their ability to improve their students' learning.

Richard Laine was previously Director of Education at the National Governors Association. Before that, Richard served as the Director of Education for The Wallace Foundation, where he led its initiative aimed at strengthening the quality of education leadership and its connection to improving student achievement. Prior to his position at Wallace, Richard was the Director of Education Policy and Initiatives at the Illinois Business Roundtable, the Associate Superintendent for Policy, Planning and Resource Management at the Illinois Board of Education and the Executive Director at the Coalition for Educational Rights.

Dr. Barbara "Bobbi" Kurshan brings over 35 years of experience in education and technology. Bobbi is now the Executive Director of Academic Innovation at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, providing executive-level leadership for entrepreneurially-focused programs and efforts, and helps develop new degree and non-degree programs. Bobbi began her teaching career at Virginia Tech, where she obtained her doctorate. As a professor, she researched the impact of technology on learning and helped her students explore the applications of technology across the curricula.

Rita Ferrandino brings more than 30 years of experience building companies and delivering strong revenue in education markets. Rita is one of the most effective strategists and coalition-builders in the education community. She is a nationally recognized STEM education expert and authority on education policy and politics. Rita is also the founding partner at Arc Capital Development, a global private investment and advisory firm, with a portfolio of companies generating over a billion dollars a year to schools worldwide.



About gnō




The "gnō" is derived from the same root as the word "know" in English. The only difference in those roots is the sound shift between the unvoiced 'k' sound in English and the voiced 'g' sound in Greek and Latin.

The Greek version was the basis of gnosis (knowledge) and gave us words like gnostic and agnostic, prognosis (future knowledge, prediction), and diagnosis (knowledge of the cause of the problem).

Another Greek word with that root is gnome. In the 16th century, it was generally believed that there were four natural elements: Air, Earth, Water and Fire. Each element was inhabited by a spirit.

The word gnome was used as the name of the Earth spirit, and from there we got the sense of a creature that guards underground treasure. But it was originally a Greek word, derived from the same gnō root.

The same root and spelling passed into Latin, as well, where "gnō" meant "knowledge." Over time, it produced words like ignorant (lack of knowledge) and ignore. Other words where the "g" was dropped over time include noble, notion, notify, cognition, recognition, and a few more.

Source: Kevin Stroud and The History of English podcast for this etymological wisdom.