Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced that Silicon Valley entrepreneur and high-tech executive Christopher Minson has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Minson will lead Turnitin’s research and development organization responsible for sustaining and advancing Turnitin’s cloud-based services, some of the most widely used applications in education.
Minson brings over 20 years of experience building and leading organizations in Silicon Valley. Most recently, Minson was the founder and principal of Ezimba, a mobile image processing application for iPhone and Android that counts over 300,000 users worldwide. Previous to Ezimba, Minson co-founded Baynote, a leading recommendations engine for eCommerce and Enterprise markets. Before Baynote, Minson was Vice President of Engineering for Interwoven which he helped to take public in 2000. Minson began his career in engineering roles for Microvertics, 3Com and Momenta. He received his BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
“Christopher Minson is a technology leader who combines deep technical expertise with a proven ability to ship high-quality products,” said Chris Caren, chairman and CEO of Turnitin. “We look forward to Christopher’s leadership as we continue to apply innovative technology to strengthen student writing skills and improve outcomes.”
“I joined Turnitin because it is at the forefront of applying cloud computing to change how technology is used in the classroom,” said Minson. “I am excited to lead the delivery of innovative features that will support the 10,000 institutions and 20 million instructors and students who rely on Turnitin.”
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student writing. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 126 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student papers online. Turnitin also offers iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service for commercial markets, and WriteCheck, a suite of formative tools for writers. Turnitin is backed by Warburg Pincus and is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office in Newcastle, U.K. For more information, please visit www.turnitin.com.