Tinkergarten Hires Gary Burns as CTO—Accelerates Its Platform Development

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Tinkergarten® announces the addition of industry veteran Gary Burns, former CTO of Meetup.com, to help scale technology supporting a fast growing distributed workforce of leaders bringing on-ground kids classes to local green spaces everywhere.

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Tinkergarten®, the leading provider of local outdoor early childhood education, has announced the appointment of Gary Burns as CTO. This strategic addition to the team will bring exceptional technical experience as Tinkergarten continues to scale its platform nationally. Burns will support the rapid growth of Tinkergarten’s core technology that remotely trains leaders, brings local parent communities together, facilitates local marketing and e-commerce, and supports children’s learning.

“I’ve been in this business for 20 years, and can’t think of a better match for Tinkergarten than Gary. He’s spent his career addressing many similar challenges that Tinkergarten will face as we continue to scale, bridging online and on ground communities. Plus, he’s a highly engaged dad,” said Brian Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO of Tinkergarten.

Burns brings with him 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley and New York, building technology and teams to deliver innovative consumer services, at scale, online. As one of the original developers of Yahoo Mail, he helped bring critical communication services to hundreds of millions of consumers, and, over the last 10 years, has helped create hyper-local communities and network effects for Meetup.com.

“My work has been building reliable, highly scalable systems, and using technology to help people connect face to face. I’m thrilled with the opportunity, now, to help parents give this impactful form of early childhood education to their kids, no matter where they live,” said Burns.

This appointment is effective immediately, and will help Tinkergarten meet the demand for their service in new markets this fall.

About Tinkergarten
Tinkergarten provides the best early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. A technology platform vets, trains and mobilizes a distributed workforce of passionate, local leaders to market and manage their own local classes, helping kids become well-balanced people who can problem-solve, lead, and create. Leaders, often parents themselves, use technology to deliver an innovative, skill-based curriculum and experience that is all outdoors, fun and engaging for kids and gives parents a unique window into their child’s learning. Tinkergarten is rapidly expanding—classes are currently being offered in selected communities throughout the New York Metro area, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Northern California.


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