LearnBoost Founder Steps Down

LEARNBOOST'S REBOOT? Even as SXSWedu is awash with ideas and energy, there are reminders of just how tricky a business education technology is. LearnBoost was an early edtech startup, debuting in 2010. Now its original founder, Rafael Corrales, has stepped down, turning over the reins to the two cofounders he recruited. No details yet on the directions they plan to take the online gradebook company.

Corrales, meanwhile, is joining Charles River Ventures, one of LearnBoost's investor, effective April 1. On his blog, Corrales writes:

"The decision [to leave LearnBoost] came after several months of intense personal reflection and the stark realization that I had taken LearnBoost as far as I was personally and uniquely equipped to take it. While I will remain involved as a board member, the company is now in the very capable hands of my co-founders."

Corrales founded LearnBoost while he was going to business school at Harvard. He hired developers to build the first prototype. In 2010, he raised $975K from to fund the company and hired two cofounders. Here's his startup story. They did a stint in the Dogpatch Labs incubator.

LearnBoost has many fans. Corrales set out to address a critical need, namely creating better software to help teachers manage their gradebooks. Along the way, teachers used LearnBoost to create more than 80,000 unique lesson plans.

Stay tuned for more on the future plans of both LearnBoost and Corrales.

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