The Knomadix Team
Knomadix has a well-rounded team made up of:
- Visionaries who are passionate about inventing and scaling a game-changing platform to disrupt education globally.
- Technologists who are experienced with building world-class mobile-centric software delivered using a SaaS model.
- Market experts with a deep understanding of the K-12 industry and experience building a robust channel distribution network of device manufacturers, system integrators and publishers, establishing a foundation for rapid growth.
- Educators with rich experience in K-12 education as teacher, principal and superintendent.
Founder, Chief Architect & CEO
Ramesh Balan is Knomadix Founder and Chief Architect. As the child of a K-12 Educator, Ramesh has deep respect and passion for education, which has intensified over the last 30 years. Knomadix is the expression of Ramesh’s commitment to K-12 education and desire to improve how kids learn and how educators teach. Ramesh has successfully bootstrapped several enterprise and mobile software companies; previously, he worked as a product portfolio manager and architect at AT&T Bell Labs. Ramesh enjoys family time with his wife and two college-age daughters, and playing competitive tennis.
Head, Strategy & Operations
Kirk Otis heads Finance, Operations and Strategy for Knomadix. He has spent his 30 year career in Leadership, Strategy and Corporate Development roles. An astute analyst, strategic thinker, creative problem solver and trusted C-Level executive with a track record of supporting and executing on critical decisions. Kirk joins Knomadix to help scale their differentiated platform both within the US and internationally using a multi-tier distribution model. Kirk has held leadership roles in a variety of start-ups including several software based firms. He grew up in the midwest, enjoys outdoor sports, boating and skiing, and earned an MBA at SMU in Dallas.
Head, Channel Sales & Business Development
David Thompson leads Knomadix channel partner and business development activities. David brings experience in both technology and business development leadership roles within large corporations and startups. Recently, David was the CEO of Rapids Wireless, which manufactured and sold Android tablets primarily into K-12 education from 2010 and 2014. David is a strategic leader, salesman, team-builder, and expert in working with a variety of business partners in multiple channels. David has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from UTEP and an MBA from UNT. David is a lifelong outdoorsman, duck hunter and Boy Scout leader with Eagle Scout sons.
Head, K-12 Direct Sales
George is responsible for executing the direct sales strategy and plays an integral role in growing the company’s customer base and recurring revenue. George is customer-satisfaction driven and enjoys developing and executing the business / sales plan by creating and establishing long-term customer relationships. Prior to Knomadix, George held key management and sales roles in records management solutions for school districts, cash management and credit processing solutions, and Internet infrastructure technologies. He was a co-founder of NuWallet, Inc., a mobile, secure payment platform and also served as De La Rue’s Managing Director of Cash Processing Solutions, N.A. and as Vice President of Business Development for Verisign Payment Services. George proudly served his country and is a USAF Veteran.
Product Management Advisor
Divya Balan is Co-Founder and Product Management Advisor to Knomadix. Divya was instrumental in shaping the first generation of Knomadix product, helped with scoping the product requirements and tested the solution inside classrooms on Tablet PCs. Prior to Knomadix, when she was a junior in high school, Divya founded and operationalized My MathSpace, an online community focused on improved math learning, that catered to over 10,000 students across four continents for grade levels 6-12. Divya, is currently completing studies in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Divya was a champion debater and an avid tennis player in high school. Now she enjoys writing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Head, R&D, Engineering
Priya Malhotra leads Knomadix R&D and software architecture, design, development, engineering and operations. Priya brings over a decade of relevant software and systems development and engineering experience to Knomadix from industry leaders such as Dell and Infosys. When not driving the next Knomadix innovation, Priya enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and collaborating with her 4 year old son, Aaryan, who enjoys his role as Knomadix unofficial system tester. Aaryan’s focus is breaking our apps and keeping our development team on their toes!
JW Marshall heads the marketing program for Knomadix and also plays a vital role in formulating the company’s K-12 market strategy. Back in 2005, JW joined Study Island as their sixth employee and was integral to Study Island making the Inc 500, transitioning to Archipelago Learning, and executing a successful IPO in 2009. In 2011, JW joined Sapling Learning to build their K-12 marketing and sales teams. After a successful acquisition by Macmillan in 2013, JW continued working to grow Sapling Learning and other Macmillan companies through 2015. JW enjoys playing tennis and volunteering with the Young Texans Against Cancer. He is also a strong supporter of SMU, where he played college football in the late 90s.
Chief K-12 Advisor
Crockett DuBose is the chief advisor to Knomadix. He brings more than thirty years of rich experience in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Crockett championed numerous programs for students and teachers, both as an educator and as head of business development at Renaissance Learning. His reputation is one of innovation — implementing novel business strategies and incubating new business models for schools — and developing strong communication standards that ensure success at all levels. Crockett currently is the President of Energy for Schools that secures the best pricing for electricity for school districts in all parts of Texas. Crockett played baseball in college and is also an avid vocalist. He loves spending quality time with family – especially his granddaughter, Mary Milum.
Strategy & Marketing Advisor
Donovan Dillon is a senior advisor at Knomadix and has played a key role in shaping Knomadix strategy, messaging and marketing tactics implementation. He currently serves as Principal at xCentric, LLC, a software development firm in Dallas, TX. Donovan has over 30 years marketing and technical experience, including technology planning, product development, marketing, lifecycle management, and regulatory support. He previously served as President of Ad Giants – a Marketing Services firm specializing in SaaS and creative solutions to improve sales and marketing effectiveness. Donovan’s experience includes technical and marketing leadership roles with ATT, Level3, XO, and Southern New England Telephone.