It’s hard to imagine a time more intense or enjoyable than the last few years I’ve spent building Boundless with Ariel & team. We took a bold idea, partnered with bold investors, had the good fortune to assemble one of the smartest teams in Boston, and willed into existence an important and transformative education company - one that will continue to shape the landscape for a very long-time. And we’re on a tear, Boundless is now used by students at over half of US colleges. Our open textbooks were recently released under Creative Commons open licenses, and since then have helped over half a million people!
There is a great irony in Boundless accomplishing so much so quickly. We have put in place an incredible team that is executing down our ambitious multi-year roadmap, and for the experimental & techie startup-er that is my core, this presents a challenge: what do you do when you’ve carefully & consistently hired amazing people who can really lead and scale each facet of the organization?
In this particular circumstance, and after careful consideration, I’ve decided to step down as CTO and my day-to-day work. I leave engineering running as it has already been for the last year: in the incredibly capable hands of our VP Engineering, Matt Hodgson. While I’ll certainly miss being a part of the daily energy in the office, I will continue to assist and advise the company strategically as both a member of the board, and as a passionate advocate for our team & our mission to dramatically improve the state of higher education in the US - there’s much to be done!
As for what else may come next for me, I’m still burdened by an intense passion for making the world better through software, and since the world isn’t perfect just yet, I suspect there are plenty of areas left to explore :)