Our mission and vision:
The SIPX team knows first-hand how hard it can be to get the content you want to use and share, when and how you want to use it – at a reasonable price, instantly and easily, and with confidence that you’ve thoroughly searched open/free resources and are operating within appropriate copyright rules and exceptions.
Starting as a research project – the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange (a.k.a SIPX) – we focused on providing scalable technology solutions to these challenges. First turning to higher education because of our own intimate knowledge with the pain points and workflows there, we identified immediate ways to significantly lower the cost of course materials to help make education more affordable for students and schools, including connections to leverage the investments made by libraries deeper across campus. We launched our prototype and pilot at Stanford in April 2011, and to meet growing interest from other academic institutions to use this technology, SIPX spun out as an independent company in September 2012 led by serial entrepreneur Bob Weinschenk as our first CEO. Together with founder Franny Lee, they assembled the core SIPX team that exists today and secured the early investors that allowed SIPX to go to market, including Stanford University, Mohr Davidow, Ulu Ventures, and XSeed Capital.
After more than two years working with instructors, students, librarians, administrators, as well as publishers, content, LMS and bookstore partners, to refine the service and understand the market, SIPX was ready to grow and merged by acquisition with ProQuest (through its affiliate Bowker) in April 2015.
SIPX today continues to deliver to customers and partners across the globe the most complete course materials solution in higher education – the best platform- and content-agnostic service for finding, managing, distributing and analyzing the use of course materials, easily and cost-effectively. We strive every day for the same passions that we’ve always had – supporting the creation of high quality education and learning, and bringing the maximum possible savings to students and schools to make education more affordable.