Edutech startup Naiku names new CEO, starts national expansion


Greg WrightHomegrown edutech startup Naiku has named Greg Wright as the new CEO, replacing co founder Corey Thompson.

Wright brings over a decade of domain expertise to the team; prior to Naiku, he oversaw a $30m division of WI-based Renaissance learning, including a product described as the “proprietary predecessor to Naiku.”

Wright’s arrival is shuffling of the deck for the three co founders, who have ran the gauntlet since launching in the spring of 2011.

Naiku is as Minnesota made as they get — with roots inside Carlson School of Management, they became part of Project Skyway’s first class and won the Minnesota Cup high tech division later that fall, in addition to a Tekne Award finalist.  Naiku camps at CoCo, are members of MESA and were guests on the first episode of TECHdotMN TV.

The Norris Institute has backed them, in addition to other local angels, to the tune of $320k+.

You could consider all of that some incredible focus on behalf of Thompson, who is now CTO of the company moving forward.  Co founder and President Adisack Nhouyvanisvong is into operations while co founder Kevin Sampers is currently advising the company.

“Over 80,000 assessments have already been taken on the Naiku Platform in the upper-midwest market alone…and our new product, QuickQuestion, is already in all 50 states. As the iPads in education movement continues, we’ve hit an inflection point, and we’re going for scale.” Wright says.


  • Andrew Korf

    Cool news. Best of luck to Corey and Naiku

  • Casey Allen

    Team is stronger than ever. Corey has unbelievable depth and vision with their product, and Greg will turn the sales firehose on even stronger.

    Not every team can do this and come out just as strong. These guys can.