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Torsh Inc.

We increase teacher quality by deploying a video–based teacher observation and data analytics platform that interprets classroom activities.


Founded: 2011
Employees: 4
Quick Pitch:


Problem: All teachers need to get better...Fast. Why? The greatest indicator of how well a student will perform in school is the quality of his/her teacher. Solution: We increase teacher effectiveness by deploying a video–based teacher observation and data analytics platform that captures and translates the daily interactions that occur in the classroom between teacher and student. We've shown good traction by signing up 9 customers since launch.


Chief Creative Officer

Helen Orlando

Ms. Orlando was previously a Creative Director at AOL where she led product development for a variety of radio and video programs. Ms. Orlando also provided user experience and interaction design services to a variety of digital companies including the BBC, Interactive One, Sapient, Ebay and Directgov. She holds an MA in Education and a BA in Visual Communications from San Francisco State University.

Acting CTO

Nate Strauser

Mr. Strauser is currently Technical Lead at Lockheed Martin where he leads a team that is developing a next generation asset library. He has spent the vast majority of his professional career at Lockheed Martin and got his MS and ME in Software and Systems from the University of Pennsylvania.

Head of Analytics

Richard Halverson

Dr. Halverson is currently the Associate Director of the Education Research and Development Group at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin and the Co-Founder of their Games, Learning & Society Group. He has a PhD from Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Co-Founder & CEO

Courtney Williams

Courtney is the Co-Founder and CEO of Torsh. He is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience in sales management, business development, corporate development and operations. He was most recently CRO of Adility Inc. and SVP of Interactive One. Mr. Williams also served in several senior roles at AOL and AOL Europe, including VP of Business and Strategic Development. Mr. Williams ha a JD from Columbia and a BA from Oberlin.

Courtney I. Williams


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