Alumni named to ’30 Under 30′ Forbes list

Kamala Durairaj

Alumni Joshua Lederman ’05 and Charlie Stigler ’11 have been named to Forbes’ fifth annual ‘30 Under 30’ list standouts in the fields of finance and education. Lederman serves as a Principal of Capital Markets at global investment firm KKR. Stigler is co-founder of Zaption, a video-based educational tool.

The 2016 ‘30 Under 30’ list showcases ‘America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars’ younger than 30 years old, according to Forbes.

Lederman works for a division of the investment firm, KKR Capital Markets, where he executed $40 billion of debt and made equity deals for KKR’s portfolio companies and clients, according to Forbes. Lederman previously worked at Morgan Stanley in the mergers and acquisitions group. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree.

Stigler and his father founded Zaption to turn video into a dynamic educational tool with interactive elements to engage students. The application collects data for teachers so they can make sure that students are completing lessons. Educators can also track student’s understanding of the material.

Zaption has $1.5 million in funding and over 200,000 users. The company was also awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Stigler attended Columbia University for one year and won the 2012 Thiel Fellowship to pursue ideas outside of the classroom.