Today’s guest is Charles Thornburgh. Charles is the founder and CEO of Civitas Learning, a startup that is focused on bringing predictive analytics to higher education. This interview is a part of the BIG IDEA Series where I will interview entrepreneurs, from around the world, that are tackling huge opportunities.
In this episode, I am going to talk with Charles about where the idea for Civitas Learning came from and what he’s doing to get it off the ground.
Charles discovered a passion for education while teaching high school students on the weekends during his undergraduate days at Stanford, and upon graduating translated that passion into the founding of multiple education start-ups. These early ventures included ClickSafety.com, an online safety training company, and Testakers.com, the first rich-media, diagnostic and prescriptive test prep tutoring application online. In 2002 his business was acquired by Kaplan, where he spent the next nine years as an in-house entrepreneur, launching several edtech businesses in the K12 and higher education markets.
Charles is a two-time CODiE Award recipient for excellence in software development and a former director on the Education Board of the Software & Information Industry Association. He speaks at educational conferences around the country when he’s not at home in Austin, Texas enjoying time with his wife, son and dog.
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