Agilix: The company fueling the revolution.
Agilix is a group of technology geeks who genuinely care about students, teachers and parents. For years, our technology solutions have fueled the success of education giants like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson Education. Having successfully and repeatedly unleashed the power of technology to connect and inspire people, our company is now transforming the classroom experience in the age of blended education.

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A software solution for teachers, administrators and — most importantly — students.
Our next-generation solution — Agilix Buzz™— is the product of our desire to fully empower both sides of the classroom dynamic. It speaks “student” to students and talks “teacher” to teachers, enabling both to fulfill their potential as learners and educators. This takes place through extensive assessment capabilities which give both teachers and students a real-time picture of the child’s progress and a clear path to achievement. Aligned with school-specific curriculum standards and supplemented with a digital content library, Buzz moves learning forward.
Agilix history
About ten years ago, a group of technology pioneers ran headlong into the limitations of the classroom education system with its one-size-fits-all approaches and support for teachers that fell far short of the expectations thrust upon them. Having spent years leveraging and pioneering technology to create and continuously improve one of the Web’s most-visited and data-intensive sites, these leaders banded together to form Agilix.
In the years that followed, they created a number of highly sought-after technology products for major education publishers. (You may be familiar with Pearson’s GradPoint which is currently helping more than a million students in tens of thousands of schools fulfill their academic potential.) Their success in creating personalized learning solutions inspired them to create the next-generation Learning Management System (LMS).
While driving the evolution of learning technology, the Agilix team had seen the widening gap between high teacher expectations and inadequate support for them. Digging further into the K-12 classroom dynamic, they discovered that traditional Learning Management Systems were really only attacking half the problem: teacher time & data management. They decided to enhance the student side of the equation.
Agilix dove headlong into a research project, devoting significant time to conversations with teachers, administrators and parents as well as classroom visits to gauge how children were engaging with curriculum. From those insights, Buzz was born.
Agilix will not relent until teachers and students are fully equipped to succeed in the dynamic, blended learning environment. By making the most of every minute in the classroom and beyond, Buzz will make empowered education the norm and achievement the order of the day.
Education technology: a timeline
The teacher-student relationship has been at the heart of education since hunting lessons were etched on cave walls. As humanity has endured, so has teaching as it adapts to emerging technologies. Buzz is the next step in a long tradition of such adaptation.

1852

1852

Massachusetts pledges free education for all children.

1890s

1890s

Chalkboards in classrooms aid in the transfer of information.

1918

1918

All U.S. states match Massachusetts’ education pledge.

1920s

1920s

Filmstrips, recalled for their time-to-advance “ping” and colorful images upgrade instructional visuals.

1960s

1960s

Overhead projector; this technology improved interactivity and spontaneity as teachers could add displayed information on the fly.

1970s

1970s

The Public Television System introduced educational program with memorable characters like Big Bird and The Count.

1972

1972

Scantrons allowed for rapid grading of mass testing to shared standards.

1977

1977

Desktop computers began entering classrooms, moving children beyond typewriters to richer content.

1996

1996

Now ubiquitous, the Internet in the classroom was once an educator experiment.

1999

1999

Interactive whiteboards were like shareable overhead projections.

2000

2000

AGILIX is founded in Salt Lake City, UT.

2004

2004

Once just the territory of MTV content and cat videos, YouTube has emerged as an essential supplement to classroom instruction.

2005

2005

iClickers and other student-response devices enhanced classroom participation with timely poll results.

2007-10

2007-10

With their affordability, portability and computing power, tablets & smartphones have become essential classroom tools.

2007

2007

Agilix launches BrainHoney LMS.

2009

2009

Agilix launches the Buzz Personalized Learning Platform.

2010

2010

Clayton Christensen’s seminal “Disrupting Class” published.

2011

2011

Agilix partners with the state of Michigan to deploy education technology solutions to Detroit’s failing schools.

2014

2014

“Blended” by Horn & Staker published.

2015

2015

Buzz is launched and ushers in a new era of student-empowered blended learning.
The team behind the revolution

Curt Allen, CEO

Curt could work just about anywhere (and practically has) based on his success as a serial entrepreneur and leader of great teams. As a husband and father of five, he clearly loves kids and believes technology can make the world a better place when it’s combined with innovative teaching and learning models. Curt’s passion for education and its power to help children achieve their maximum potential has borne fruit in the form of innovative learning programs that have positively affected millions of lives throughout the U.S., China, Africa and Latin America. Prior to Agilix, Curt was the CEO of Ancestry.com and Folio Corporation. Curt and his wife consider themselves truly blessed to watch their children grow and develop in their own unique and amazing ways.

Brian Cropper, CFO

Brian is a numbers guy who believes in the power of K-12 education to change the world. A relentless learner himself, he has built a career in the technology sector on his keen eye for hidden value and knack for raising capital. His strong grasp of finance fundamentals and corporate strategy was honed in a variety of sectors including retail (Macy’s), outdoors (American Skiing Company) and online platforms (Mozy, Cerberian, etc.). His diligent stewardship of Agilix resources ensures maximum return on investment for our customers as we deliver a best-in class user experience.

Dave McGinn, COO

While he is rumored to secretly fear mosquitoes, Dave is fearless when it comes to making the decisions that strengthen a company for the long haul. Working from his belief that education is the pathway to prosperity for children around the world, David has devoted himself to the Agilix model so that quality teaching can be complemented by an empowered student body. His embrace of the blended learning concept and its respect for each individual’s uniqueness aligns well with his approach to building and guiding teams with clear goals, high expectations and honest accountability. Dave and his people get things done.

Neil Bly, VP Product

If you ever wonder what the top tech guy at a high tech company does in his spare time, Neil writes, records and performs incredible music. His diverse technical experience in music parallels his experience in the Ed Tech space where he has applied his skills as a UX designer, product manager, and software developer to creating integrated learning experiences. Building on the passions reflected in his Master of Science degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology, Neil relentlessly pursues the most user-friendly platforms, applications and materials designs, bending technology to serve one of its highest potential purposes: education.

Mark Wolfgramm, VP Software Development

Born into a family of educators, Mark truly believes that the most significant of all professions is teacher. For more than 25 years, he has worked on the cutting edge of technology, leading software teams in creating elegant solutions which delight users. Prior to Agilix, Mark co-founded Folio, an early innovator in search and digital publishing, and was a chief architect at Ancestry.com. He co-founded Agilix as a way to conscript the massive power of technology to serve the highest ideals of education and, ultimately, make the world a better place.

Jeff Moore, VP Sales

With Jeff, sales is about relationships: guiding his team to connect with people based on a genuine understanding of their needs and how best to meet them. That customer-first approach has been the key to his success over more than a dozen years in sales. During that time, competitors have tried to outwork Jeff, but fallen short because of his relentless passion for people. They can only marvel at the way his approach scales from a team of five to a global marketing team exceeding 125 inspired salespeople. At the end of the day, Jeff is about connecting people with solutions to their problems and maintaining relationships that last.