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About Us

Every educational institution aims to provide the best learning experience for children, to create responsible citizens who contribute and positively impact our society. Our people share the passion to create solutions that help our educational institutions achieve this goal.

CEO's Message

“Education can be transformative. It has the power to change the lives of people for the better. Our schools are the incubators of future leaders, scientists, artists, activists, humanitarians and much more. We believe in this transformative power of education. Technology is an accelerator of growth and positive change. Our passion is to leverage technology to help accelerate education. Schools need technology to manage their processes and workflows efficiently so that they can focus better on educating children instead of getting bogged down by administrative tasks.


Our journey starts with our people. We are united in our shared passion for developing powerful technology solutions that make a difference in the lives of our children, and it is with this in mind, that we created ZipSchools.


So, join us, in our shared passion and in our endeavor to make a difference in the lives of children.”

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  • Venkat Thumula
Venkat Thumula

Founder and CEO

Venkat Thumula is co-founder and CEO of Blackbird Labs, the parent company of ZipSchools. He brings many years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and founder of several other companies, including Moxie Systems and Genzeon Corporation. His companies specialize in providing software solutions to customers in the financial, retail, education and healthcare sectors.  Venkat received his undergraduate education in India, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Alabama, and an MBA from Yale University. He is a passionate believer in the transformative power of education, and guides the company with his vision of leveraging technology to support accelerate growth and support the educational process.

Vikram Pendli

Chief Software Architect

Vikram Pendli is the Chief Software Architect for ZipSchools and oversees our team of talented engineers. Vikram began programming at the age of 11 and has continued that passion and dedication throughout his career, working for companies like Microsoft and Allscripts. He holds Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Computer Science and certifications in the Microsoft technology stack, and has over 14 years of experience in architecting, designing, implementing and supporting Microsoft SQL Server based solutions with .NET, and more recently with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform. He specializes in performance, scalability and security of educational, financial and healthcare applications.

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  • Derek Walker
Derek Walker

Director of Product Development

Derek Walker is the Director of Product Development for ZipSchools, overseeing the feature development roadmap and application functionality. He brings over 25 years of business analysis, software design and product management experience across several industries, including education, healthcare and finance. He holds Undergraduate and Graduates degrees in Information Technology and certifications in Business Analysis and Project Management. He specializes in application integration, workflow and user experience design.