Boundless Vows To Continue Disrupting The Textbook Market, Even As Second Founder Departs, Litigation Drags On
"Since emerging on the scene in early 2012, the Boston-based Boundless has been on a mission to give students of all ages a free, open-source digital alternative to the pricey world of hard-copy textbooks. But when you try to rock the boat, the powers-that-be will likely have something to say about it — especially when thousands of beta testers across 2,000 universities are using free, open alternatives. Pearson, Cengage and Freeman & Worth sued Boundless in March of last year, and the startup has been battling these lawsuits ever since. The startup has since evolved from the original product that became the subject of these lawsuits (more on that here), which the team hopes could expedite what is often a seemingly un-ending legal process. Nonetheless, we’ve learned today that another co-founder is exiting Boundless. As first reported by BostInno, co-founder Aaron White, who has up until now served as Boundless’ CTO, will be stepping down after this week. He will stay on as a member of the board. White offered some elucidation and context to the decision on his personal blog on Monday, though did not say what he plans to do next. However, we’ve been hearing that it was in fact a mutual decision between himself and fellow co-founder (and CEO) Ariel Diaz, who said that White’s skills and talents are better suited to the early-stages of product and company building — which is likely a sign that White may be cooking up a new startup of his own. In the meantime, the co-founders said that White will be leaving his responsibilities as CTO in the care of Matt Hodgson, Boundless VP of Engineering. Hodgson has already been running engineering for the last year, White said in his blog post ..."