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Brian Fitzgerald came to Knewton with 15 years of experience developing digital media consumer products and services. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Education for Audible.com (an Amazon.com company), where, among other initiatives, he created AudibleKids and VangoNotes. Prior to joining Audible, Fitzgerald worked at Yahoo as an original member of the Yahoo Mail team. He spent 8 years at Yahoo in product management roles in Silicon Valley and Europe, building and managing more than 50 Yahoo products such as Yahoo Auctions, Yahoo Messenger, and Yahoo Small Business. He served on the Board of Directors of the Just Think Foundation. He received an M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a B.S. in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Knewton (www.knewton.com) is the world’s leading adaptive learning company. Knewton’s cloud-based platform uses concept-level data to create uniquely personalized learning plans, allowing educators to tailor their content to the exact needs of individual students. The company was named a 2011 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Educational technology has recently become an extremely hot area. Though in the early days, Knewton was perceived as building a better mousetrap for test prep and facing off against companies like Kaplan (Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira is an alum), the underlying strategy is far more ambitious. Knewton’s team is an A-list of hardcore techies building a scalable platform, using data science to disrupt an enormous industry, and hoping to bring wide-scale improvement to how anyone in the world learns just about anything.
Join us at ProductCampNYC 2011 for Brian’s fascinating talk about the challenges and opportunities facing this exciting venture-funded company and its product team.