Venture-Backed Top Hat Monocle Appoints New CFO and CPO

Waterloo, Ontario-based Top Hat Monocle Inc., a provider of technology-based classroom and homework innovations, has appointed two new members of its management team. SaaS industry veteran Ralf Riekers joins the company as chief financial officer and educational industry executive Malgosia Green joins as chief product offficer. Top Hat has been venture-backed since 2011. Its backers include Emergence Capital Partners, iNovia Capital, Golden Venture Partners, SoftTech VC and Version One Ventures.


Top Hat Monocle Announces Executive Appointments with Ralf Riekers Appointed Chief Financial Officer and Malgosia Green Chief Product Officer

Mr. Riekers Previously Grew SaaS Firm Eloqua to over $100 Million in Revenue and an $810 Million Acquisition – Ms. Green Leading Product Roadmap for Company’s Classroom Participation Tools

TORONTO, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Top Hat Monocle, a provider of technology-based classroom and homework innovations, today announced the appointment of two new members of its executive team. SaaS industry veteran Ralf Riekers joins the firm as Chief Financial Officer and educational industry executive Malgosia Green takes on the role of Chief Product Officer.

Mr. Riekers will use his experience to manage relationships with venture capitalists, handle the company’s finances and improve its back-end processes. “Top Hat Monocle is a fast-growing and disruptive company and I want to use my expertise to help it grow even faster and move to the next level in market reach and revenues,” commented Mr. Riekers.

Ms. Green will hold responsibility for the company’s entire product road map and will work closely with the development, account management, and marketing teams. She will set priorities and main features for Top Hat Monocle’s groundbreaking classroom participation products which are designed to be used with smartphone and tablet devices. “I look forward to aggressively marketing Top Hat Monocle while driving innovation with the product development team so we can ensure our service remains the industry standard.”

“I’m very pleased to welcome both Ralf and Malgosia to our executive team, moves that will help us to capture an even larger share of the classroom market,” said Mike Silagadze, co-founder and chief executive officer of Top Hat Monocle. “Ralf is someone who doesn’t just know accounting, but has the HR, operation and systems experience that will help us to improve the back office side of the company, making sure all departments have the resources they need. Malgosia is an experienced leader and product marketing expert, and her previous experience founding and running an online marketing firm in the higher education space will prove invaluable.”

Mr. Riekers was the first employee at Eloqua, a marketing automation SaaS provider that he guided through an IPO and recent acquisition by Oracle. During his more than 12 years with the firm he managed a variety of areas including finance, operations, product deployment, and customer operations.

In 2007 Ms. Green founded and operated as the CEO of Savvica, an India-based firm that offered online marketing services for educational institutions that guides students in India and the U.S. to find the right schools to meet their needs. Prior to Savvica, Ms. Green was the Director of Product Management for Affinity Labs.

Top Hat Monocle is a leader in Web-based solutions that leverage students’ mobile devices to improve learning inside and outside the classroom. Compatible with all mobile and Web-enabled devices, students can respond in real time to questions and polls posed by instructors, run interactive demonstrations, ask questions, download course notes and submit homework, among other capabilities.

For more information, visit

About Top Hat Monocle
Top Hat Monocle, headquartered in Toronto and with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Sydney, is the leading mobile classroom participation provider, making the classroom experience more engaging, rewarding and effective for instructors and students at over 250 universities worldwide.

SOURCE Top Hat Monocle

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock