Since Blackboard acquired Terriblyclever Design LLC
in 2009 to form Blackboard Mobile, we've helped
hundreds of institutions achieve their mobile
teaching & learning and campus life goals with our mobile solutions.
In our San Francisco office, work and play blur together. Here you'll find developers, ping-pong players, recent college graduates, Blackboard and industry veterans, and even an office dog roaming the halls every once in a while. Our backgrounds are as diverse as our day-to-day job descriptions. We come from Argentina, Canada, China, France, India, Iran, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and the United States. Our office is a place where boundaries are pushed by a bright team with a student-focused perspective and an understanding of what always connected and always "on" can really achieve.
Who We Are
Meet a few members of our 50-person team.
General Manager, Blackboard Mobile, Co-founder Terriblyclever Design, LLC
After spending his freshman summer of college interning with an advertising agency in San Francisco, Kayvon co-founded Terriblyclever Design with aspirations of building useful social networking tools for his clientele. Eventually Kayvon was intrigued by the prospect of developing on the iPhone platform, and with the opportunity to develop iStanford for fellow students. The rest is history. Kayvon enjoys bike riding, traveling, and as of late, tactical Nerf Gun battles in the Mobile office.
Director, Blackboard Mobile, Co-founder Terriblyclever Design, LLC
Joe co-founded Terriblyclever Design in 2007, but has been a self-taught developer ever since the 7th Grade. Since Blackboard acquired Terriblyclever, Joe has overseen the rapid growth of Blackboard Mobile's engineering teams, and has been responsible for finding some of the team's favorite lunch, dinner, and most importantly, happy hour spots.
Director, Blackboard Mobile
Aaron was one of the original members of the Terriblyclever Design team, and was actually the one who drove the infamous ping-pong table to the office from his parents' house in Marin County. Aaron is involved in a few different functions of the Mobile team, lately with an emphasis on overseeing the Client Implementation and Product Marketing teams.
Lead iOS Engineer, Blackboard Mobile
Pablo joined Terriblyclever in late 2007 as one of the iPhone developers working on the launch of iStanford. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo did his best to inject some international culture into the startup development team, and has continued his mission after the Blackboard acquisition. When Pablo is not coding some new iPhone features, he enjoys getting outside as much as possible, including skiing and windsurfing, as well as just relaxing in the sun.
Director, Product Management, Blackboard Mobile
John is a man of many hats and a Blackboard veteran. Prior to joining the Mobile Team, John had been a member of the Blackboard Solutions Engineering team for more than 5 years. Before embarking upon his 15-plus year career in educational technology, John spent a decade in the music industry and three years in comic book publishing. Highlights include singing onstage with Trent Reznor, sharing a deli tray with James Brown, and eating waffles with Joey Ramone. He loves music, his family and is admittedly obsessed with mobile technology.
Vice President, Global Sales, Blackboard Mobile
Craig joined the Blackboard Team 4 years ago as a Regional Sales Manager for Blackboard Learn, managing strategic clients in the Northeast. In 2010 Craig joined the Mobile Team as a Regional Vice President to build a Sales Team for Blackboard Mobile in North America. Since then the team has doubled in size and continues to help clients define and execute their mobile strategy. Prior to Blackboard, Craig spent 6 years in higher education at Apple Inc. and received his MBA from The University at Albany. Outside of work, Craig enjoys spending time with his family, playing lacrosse, skiing and exploring the Adirondacks.
Senior Marketing Manager, Blackboard Mobile Learn
Emily has worn many hats since leaving Cornell University in 2000: an Anthropologist, an English teacher in Prague, and a Product Marketer for German automobiles. As someone whose smartphone is permanently affixed to her hand, she finally found her niche when she joined Blackboard Mobile Product Marketing in June 2010. Emily feels passionately about the importance of education as well as the potential for mobile learning to enhance face to face instruction and make learning more engaging. As a Gold member of various airlines and hotel chains, Emily plans to visit 50 states and 50 countries before she turns 50. She especially enjoys the architecture, warmth, and hospitality of the Middle East as well as testing out which Spanish-speaking countries understand her Spanish.