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January 29, 2015 Names Former Adobe and Yahoo Executive Culligan to COO Post

New COO prepares early education leader for next phase of growth

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 -- Surpassing 70 million visitors in 2014, has named Burke Culligan its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Culligan previously served in senior product management roles for Adobe Systems Digital Documents group and Yahoo's Global HomePage group.  As's COO, Culligan oversees product strategy, product execution, and overall end-to-end customer experiences for the leading early education and learning platform.

"Burke brings deep expertise in building and monetizing large platforms," said Todd Schwartz, Co-CEO. "We are excited to have Burke grow our platform further, enabling millions of teachers, parents and teachers help their kids excel in school."

Near-term, Culligan and his team are preparing for new teacher focused solutions that are expected to roll out this spring. Other priorities include simplifying's core Plus (Worksheets) and Brainzy (Games) experiences, as well as developing a curated early-education shopping experience.

Before joining, Culligan served as VP Product Management for Adobe's Digital Document franchise, where he led the transformation of the traditional desktop software group towards a cloud-based subscription business – in the process, growing cloud subscription revenues to a $100M+ annual run rate within the first two years.  Prior to joining Adobe, Burke was VP Product Management of the Global HomePage group at Yahoo!, driving experiences for hundreds of millions of daily users across 50-plus countries. Burke's early focus on creating great web experiences began at Excite@Home before moving on to Netscape/AOL and Intuit, among others.

"There's so much potential to use technology to help craft and personalize a young child's love for learning," said Culligan. "I'm ecstatic about how we're envisioning the application of modern web technologies to create an essential tool and community for parents and teachers and their wonderful journey in preparing our children for the future."

Culligan is a new addition to an expanded, seasoned management team at Earlier this year, appointed Todd Schwartz and Rich Yang as Co-CEOs and Graham McNicoll as CTO. More information regarding leadership team is available online.

"We're committed to hiring, and have been successful attracting the very best talent to advance strategically and operationally, supporting our rapid growth and serving parents and teachers worldwide," Schwartz said.


With more than five million members and millions of visitors each month, is the leading destination for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed in school. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to insightful articles, delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. is based in Redwood City, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. Learn more at

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