About Us

Who are we?

The BoomWriter team is a group of dedicated educators, technology wizards and parents - all of whom share the same passion for reading, writing, teaching, learning and technology - with offices in Cambridge, MA and Nottingham, UK. Founded in 2010, BoomWriter now has a presence in thousands of schools spread throughout more than 20 different countries.

 

Our story

BoomWriter began on a rainy Saturday under an umbrella during a charity walk. A parent (Chris) pitched an idea to his daughter’s teacher (Ken). Ken was looking to incorporate more technology into his classroom and loved the idea, and it just so happened that Chris, the CEO of a technology company, had the development team (Ian) to make it happen. Ken tried it, and his students loved it! After some tweaking, BoomWriter is now used by educators all around the world!

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A Simple Idea: Concept to Commercialization of BoomWriter

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The Team

Boomer Chris

Chris Twyman

Cofounder / CEO

This is Chris’s second venture. After a career working for two of the largest software companies, Chris formed Zapoint, an HR technology company based in Cambridge, MA. Then, after a cold, long walk under an umbrella with Ken Haynes, he started BoomWriter.

Chris has an MBA and a Masters in International Marketing along with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying.

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Boomer Ian

Ian Garland

Cofounder / CTO

Ian has worked in the design and technology world for over 10 years. Solid experience in both web design and traditional print makes him ideal for the challenge of a web app that creates published books!

After graduating with a BA in Graphic Design, Ian has worked for a variety of agencies in London and more recently in the northern half of the UK. He matches strong technical abilities with a love of design and interaction, in his own words: “My favorite colour is black which makes me a designer, but I do like Star Wars which makes me a coder, so I guess I'm somewhere in-between.

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Ken Haynes

Cofounder / COO

Ken was the first teacher to ever use BoomWriter with students. Prior to joining BoomWriter, Ken spent ten years in public education in Massachusetts in a variety of roles.

Most recently Ken served as an elementary-level assistant principal within the Waltham Public Schools. Prior to that Ken was a 6th Grade Teacher at the Pierce School in Brookline, MA where he taught English Language Arts, Math and Science. While at Pierce Ken also served as the Girls Basketball Coach, Math League Coach, and as the Co-Director of Pierce School’s after-school program. Ken was also a special education teacher within the Lincoln Public Schools.

During his summers, Ken has been the Director of the Writers’ Express Summer Ink camp at Simmons College as well as a program Director at The Park School’s Summer at Park camp. Ken received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and M.S. from Wheelock College.

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Boomer Ashleigh

Ashleigh West

Executive Assistant / Media Specialist

Ashleigh graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in English, a Specialization in Creative Writing, and a Minor in Psychology. Her short story The Courtyard was featured in the English Department’s Undergraduate Journal Jabberwocky. Ashleigh first joined the BoomWriter team in the summer of 2013 as a Camp Counselor for the Storytellers Camp, featuring Jeff Kinney. She is the author of The Great Treasure Hunt, an original story written specifically for the Writing Club.

Ashleigh enjoys knitting and crocheting, writing poetry, and cheering on the Patriots!

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