About Us

Blackboard is the largest education technology and services company in the world, serving nearly 100 million users in countries in every region around the globe. 

Our Story

Blackboard was founded by a few friends who, together, envisioned the future of learning. With the advent of the Internet, a young Michael Chasen and Matthew Pittinsky saw the potential for technology to support teaching and learning within higher education.  After founding Blackboard LLC in 1997 with modest beginnings ("borrowing" chairs and computers from their former gig), Chase and Pittinsky joined forces with Daniel Cane and Stephen Gilfus, who shared their vision for the future of digital learning (from their dorm room startup, they built a course management system while undergraduates at Cornell University), merging with CourseInfo LLC to form Blackboard Inc. To fuel future growth, the friends took Blackboard Inc. public in 2004.

With a hefty market share in 2011 and the desire to continue to shape the future of education, Blackboard Inc. went private again under the tutelage Providence Equity Partners.  From our humble roots in education, Blackboard has grown to become the largest education technology and services company in the world, serving nearly 100 million users in countries in every region around the globe. By supporting success, one institution at a time, with our eyes on the future, Blackboard is education's partner in change.

Blackboard Around the Globe

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IMS Global Standards First

Standards First

We are proud supporters of the Standards First Pledge. As part of a community that is committed to make open standards the first and primary choice for education technology integrations, we are advocates for standards based integrations. We believe that achieving and promoting official product certification to open standards enables a better edtech ecosystem and community and believe in fair and open business practices for suppliers. This is a cause we are passionate about and have taken the Standards First pledge to confirm our support. Find out more about Standards First

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