Stephen R. Gilfus

Stephen Gilfus
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Stephen R. Gilfus' Biography

Type Of Business:
Software Company
Marketing Area:
International
Expertise:
Mr. Gilfus' expertise is in strategic business planning and product development.
Major Product/SVS:
Enterprise Software Platform Development in the Education Sector
Favorite Business Publication:
IT Software
Education Degrees:
Bachelor of Science, Cornell University
Affiliations Awards:
Northern Virginia Technology Council; Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory Board; Founder, Cornell Entrepreneur Organization
Number Of Years In Profession:
21
Number Of Years In Current Position:
21
Extended Bio Profile:
Mr. Gilfus' is a serial entrepreneur, noted software designer, inventor and angel investor. As a co-founder of Blackboard Inc. he directed the companies’ initial original vision, planning, strategy, development and sales and marketing efforts. During his ten year tenure, since the company's founding, he has provided both strategic and tactical leadership, mentoring and direction for many departments within the company. His efforts laid the foundation for the growth of many internal departments and strategic initiatives. He worked cross-organizationally within Blackboard as a facilitator and change agent and continues to drive Blackboards internal strategic growth and development. He directed the development efforts around the product that is now core to the Blackboard platform. (U.S. Patent No. 6,988,138). In addition, he has authored numerous articles and white papers and was the primary author of the Educational Technology Framework – sometimes referred to as “the Gilfus Model of educational technology adoption”. He manages fast growth Internet software companies coupled with his entrepreneurial passion has been critical to Blackboard's success and ability to become a public company (Nasdaq: BBBB). Stephen has been noted as being instrumental to the development of the e-Learning market space and making Blackboard a leading provider of e-Learning software and services, He has presented and keynoted several leading global industry conferences and has lectured on teaching and learning on the Internet and the growing online learning marketplace at hundreds of academic institutions within the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, and Latin America. He is also General Partner of Gilfus Ventures LLC, a small private equity firm with investments in several internet start-up companies including Upsideover.com and Weddingwire.com.
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