Ajay Kapur is the CEO and co-founder of Kadenze, a MOOC offering online courses in art, design, music, and creative technology.
Launched this month, Kadenze fills a gap in online learning by providing creative arts education. The tech start-up has partnered with universities and institutions in the U.S. and other countries and include Princeton University, Stanford University, the California Institute of the Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design in British Columbia, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Goldsmiths University of London, the Seoul Institute of the Arts, and the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, among others
Kapur received a BSE in computer science in 2002 from Princeton. He went on to study the combined disciplines of computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, music and psychology as focused on intelligent music systems and media technology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, earning a Ph.D. in 2007. He has been the director of the music technology program at California Institute of the Arts since 2008 and has served as a lecturer in sonic arts engineering at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington since 2009. In 2006 he founded Karmetik, bringing together innovative-thinking artists and engineers to explore music, the visual arts, and advanced technology.