February 14, 2017 -- Redwood City, CA. Yewno, a provider of a next generation inference engine technology targeting knowledge discovery, have appointed Franny Lee as Chief Operating Officer, Education to lead the company's education vertical and drive growth of its research application and education market web products. With nearly two decades of experience in the sector and a proven track record of success, Lee's expertise in education, learning technologies, publishing and intellectual property will help Yewno expand its growing focus in the education field.
"We are thrilled to add an accomplished executive and innovator with deep education roots to our team," said Ruggero Gramatica, CEO of Yewno. "As the company grows, we need every senior manager joining Yewno to not only share the vision of knowledge discovery but also to have the necessary skills to execute on this vision. I am confident that Franny's insight into the education and publishing sectors will add a great deal of value to Yewno, our partners, and customers."
Lee currently serves as a board director at MIT Press where she contributes to shaping strategy and growth for the business' future. Most recently, she was a general manager and VP at ProQuest LLC leading the learning technologies team in developing and executing business growth plans and go-to-market strategies. She is a thought leader in the education community and frequent speaker, teacher and author on topics at the intersection of campus needs, technology, online education, open and digital resources, publishing, and libraries.
Lee's prior experience includes co-founding SIPX, Inc., an edtech software platform grown from interdisciplinary Stanford University research to develop technology solutions for complex copyright issues. At SIPX, she led the work of a team of computer science, business and law faculty, students and researchers, which ultimately spun out and grew as a start-up company until acquisition by ProQuest LLC in 2015.
"Yewno has a unique and powerful approach in helping students, teachers and researchers sort through an intimidating amount of information and content out there. It gets people excited to explore knowledge and it drives their learning, by intuitively presenting connections and contextual content that would otherwise take them a painstaking amount of time to discover," said Lee. "Leading educational institutions around the globe see this value and have quickly partnered with Yewno. I'm delighted to help grow Yewno further, and especially honored for this opportunity to help schools achieve their student success goals."
Founded in 2014, Yewno is helping people uncover the undiscovered through its new inference engine, which introduces an entirely new approach to knowledge discovery. Mimicking the human brain, the Yewno inference engine incorporates machine learning, cognitive science, neural networking, and computational linguistics into a highly visual solution to enhance human understanding by correlating concepts across vast volumes of text. The launch of its first vertical offering, Yewno for Education, serves as a unique service designed for scholars and students and is at use at leading academic and research libraries around the world, including Harvard, MIT and Stanford. Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, and with offices in London, Yewno is backed by leading investors including Pacific Capital and currently has numerous partnerships across top research universities, publishers and content aggregators worldwide.