Murugan Pal of CK-12By kamla bhatt • Aug 5th, 2008
Category: Books and Authors, Business & Tech, Diaspora, Featured, Ideas, India, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Video
Take Wikipedia, iTunes, Netflix, MySpace and club it all together and target it to textbook manufacturing system and that is CK-12 for you.
CK-12 helps students and teacher create customized content in the form of flexbooks for free. This is a collaborative effort where you can rate, review and share information with others points out Murugan.
I met with Murugan a few weeks ago at their Palo Alto office to find out about this non-profit organization that runs more like a startup. This is a non-profit organization with a difference and it is the technology innovation behind CK-12 that excites and interests Murugan. What Murugan brings to the table are strong technical and entrepreneurial skills.
In Part-1 of the interview we find out how he got involved with CK-12 and how he has helped build the technology for the organization.
CK-12 plans to unveil its offering to the public in late August 2008.
Murugan has helped found SpikeSource, an open source startup and was a founding engineer at Asera. He worked with Vinod Khosla for 9 years and was an entrepreneur-in-residence at KleinerPerkins Caufied & Byers and Foundation Capital, 2 well-known VC firms.
He has engineering degrees from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, India and Arizona State University, USA.
You can also watch a video where Murugan explains what flexbooks is all about.
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