StraighterLine Names Christopher Richards New VP of Technology

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Former Phunware, Inc. Chief Architect joins StraighterLine management team.

Chistopher Richards, StraighterLine VP of Technology

I am looking forward to the opportunity to make a meaningful impact by addressing one of the biggest issues in higher education today.

StraighterLine today announced it has appointed Christopher Richards as VP of Technology. Richards had been at Phunware, Inc. for over two years as Chief Architect and will now take on the Vice President of Technology role at StraighterLine effective July 20.

“Chris is a proven technology leader and has helped companies build high performance, scalable infrastructure,” said Burck Smith, StraighterLine founder and CEO. “His experience is perfect for StraighterLine today.”

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to make a meaningful impact by addressing one of the biggest issues in higher education today," said Richards. "I am proud to be part of StraighterLine's accomplished and ambitious team."

Richards will bring extensive experience to StraighterLine with respect to technical leadership in the development of innovative products and technologies, including building and growing start-up engineering teams. He served as Chief Architect of Phunware, Inc. from January 2013 through July 2015. Prior to that, Richards served as the Chief Technology Officer at Tapit! Media Group, which was acquired by Phunware in late 2012 for $23 million. Prior to joining TapIt! in 2011, he worked for Raytheon Solipsys and Millennial Media.

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine solves the number one issue facing students today – the skyrocketing cost of college – with low-cost, high quality that prepare students for success. Serving over 15,000 students a year, StraighterLine combines a $99 a month college course subscription with guaranteed credit pathways to accredited degree programs to save up to 60 percent on the total cost of a degree.

StraighterLine takes the worry out of transfer with a College Savings Network of nearly 100 accredited colleges that guarantee credit acceptance of StraighterLine courses.

Having been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), StraighterLine courses will also be considered by more than 2,000 other colleges and universities for transfer to their degree programs upon request.

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