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David Rogier

Founder & CEO

MasterClass

San Francisco, CA, USA

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David’s Biography

David Rogier is CEO and founder of MasterClass. Founded in 2015, MasterClass is a streaming platform which allows anyone to learn from the world’s experts and leaders across a variety of subjects.

Growing up, he loved learning but struggled in school. Inspired by these experiences, he made it his mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities by reinventing the traditional model. Today, MasterClass provides immediate access to 100+ of the world’s top practitioners and has grown into one of the fastest and largest online learning platforms in the world.

For his achievements, he was recognized on Fortune’s “40 under 40” list as one of the most influential leaders in entertainment and media as well as one of Variety’s Hollywood New Leaders.

David Rogier holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
David Rogier is CEO and founder of MasterClass. Founded in 2015, MasterClass is a streaming platform which allows anyone to learn from the world’s experts and leaders across a variety of subjects.

Growing up, he loved learning but struggled in school. Inspired by these experiences, he made it his mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities by reinventing the traditional model. Today, MasterClass provides immediate access to 100+ of the world’s top practitioners and has grown into one of the fastest and largest online learning platforms in the world.

For his achievements, he was recognized on Fortune’s “40 under 40” list as one of the most influential leaders in entertainment and media as well as one of Variety’s Hollywood New Leaders.

David Rogier holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

David’s Newsfeed

Variety
How MasterClass CEO Brought Star Power to Online Learning

This article looks at the success of MasterClass and how Rogier led the platform by using well known writers, actors, athletes and more to bring legitimacy and joy to the online learning system.

Entrepreneur
How Success Happened for David Rogier, Founder and CEO of MasterClass

This article by Entrepreneur takes a look at the purpose and success of MasterClass and how Rogier founded the platform with the value of knowledge and learning close to his heart. Rogier discusses that he has their sights set beyond the English-speaking world, with an eye on the platform’s mission to provide access to life-long learning opportunities to everyone.

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David’s Background

MasterClass
Founder & CEO
2013 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
MasterClass is the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world's best across a wide range of subjects.

David’s Gallery

Media

What MasterClass Has Taught Its Founder About Entrepreneurship
Interview
Sep 2021
In this interview with Alexa von Tobel, he discusses how his childhood difficulties with learning and a stutter led him to founding MasterClass later in life.
The power of lifelong learning
Interview
Mar 2021
During the 2021 Intellectual Forum and ThinkLab, Rogier gives his take on the power of lifelong learning.
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Interviews

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MasterClass: how to get over a stutter and attract A-listers like Anna Wintour and Martin Scorsese, with Founder & CEO David Rogier
Apr 2022
In this conversation, David Rogier describes how he was able to start MasterClass, his inspiration for the business and how he was able to overcome difficult challenges to achieve his dreams.

Awards & Endorsements

40 Under 40 Class of 2021
Featured
Apr 2021
He was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 Under 40 for MasterClass’ accomplishments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hollywood’s New Leaders 2020
Featured
Sep 2020
He was featured on Variety’s list of Hollywood’s New Leaders in 2020 for MasterClass’ success during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Speaking Engagements

Where Values Meet Value: Doing Well by Doing Good
Featured Speaker
May 2022
David Rogier was a featured speaker at the Milken Institute 2022 Global Conference, where he participated in a panel titled "Where Values Meet Value: Doing Well by Doing Good."
Creative Constraints as a Tool for Discovery and Innovation
Interview
Mar 2020
At the 2020 Startup Grind Global Conference, he gave a presentation titled, “How to Leverage your Creative Restraints as a Tool for Discovery and Innovation.” During the talk, David spoke of his triumph over the struggle to find motivation, and how he found his desire to change lives.
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Investments

Pair Eyewear
Investor
Apr 2021 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Pair Eyewear works to create affordable and stylistic eyeglasses that will encourage children to enjoy wearing glasses to showcase their personalities.
Blacktag Inc.
Investor
Nov 2020 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Blacktag is an innovative digital platform that showcases work by Black artists, musicians and content creators to promote Black voices and diversity.
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David’s Education

Washington University in St. Louis
BA | Political Science
2001 - 2005