Krista Marks is a CEO & Co-Founder of Nimbee, an education software startup focused on developing technology to help teachers help students. Previously, Krista was a Vice President at Disney and General Manager of Disney Online’s Boulder Studio. She came to Disney through its acquisition in 2008 of Kerpoof where she was the CEO and co-founder. The tools created at Disney and Kerpoof have allowed millions of children to create, save and share artwork in safe online environments.
Krista’s career has spanned many technology fields where she has worked as an engineer, manager, and executive, and she has won an equally broad range of awards. For work at Disney and Kerpoof, Krista was honored with the Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) award for “Emerging Pioneer” at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. In 2005, she was a finalist for Xilinx’s highest technical achievement award for her work on leading edge network electronics. In 1999, she won Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s highest achievement award for her contributions to high energy physics instrumentation, including the most complex digital design ever implemented at that national laboratory. In 1992, she was part of a team awarded one of Research and Development Magazine’s awards for the top 100 innovations of the year, for pioneering work in 3D radiotherapy.
Krista is passionate about education and getting kids and especially girls interested in technology. She serves on the board of several related non-profits, including the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, the Silicon Flatirons Center - Entrepreneurship Initiative at the University of Colorado, the Center for the American West and the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado. Krista holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Krista holds three U.S. patents, with others pending.