April 1966 – October 2012
Palo Alto, CA
Murugan Pal a serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, Bay Area, USA. Murugan is currently the Co-Founder & President of CK-12 Foundation. CK-12 is a non-profit organization launched in 2006, that aims to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the US and worldwide. Prior to CK-12, Murugan had a brief tenure with Foundation Capital as Entrepreneur-In-Residence. Previously, Murugan was the founder and CTO of SpikeSource. Before founding SpikeSource, Pal was an entrepreneur-in-residence with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. Previously, he was a Founding Engineer of e-business software company Asera, Inc. Before Asera, Pal was a principal developer at Oracle Corporation in the Application Server division and was part of the company’s early XML initiatives. Prior to Oracle, he was one of the lead developers of Versant Corporations Object Database. Pal has worked on real-time enterprise technologies, composite applications, service-oriented architecture runtimes, relational databases, object databases, and robotics and manufacturing automation.
Pal holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, affiliated to Madurai University in India, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, a Masters in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and was a Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University.