Sierra College professor creates software worth millions |

Sierra College professor creates software worth millions

Five years ago, 44-year-old Byron Turner wrote a software for his students at Placer School for Adults to help them remember what was going on in class. Last month, Turner sold the core technology behind the software to a Bay Area company for $2 million ” after several revisions.

Turner is a professor of social science at Sierra College. He used to teach psychology at Humboldt State University before relocating to Nevada County 10 years ago.

Turner is also the president of his non-profit organization Created Equal which, according to him, is dedicated to promoting social justice and equality. The organization also markets Turner’s software online.

“It is very satisfying,” Turner said. “Obviously, it (the money) will allow Created Equal to do a lot more in what we started the organization to do.”

With the $2 million, Turner and his wife, Allison Minch, 37, a local high school teacher, plans to fund a project “to build a safe haven for women” recovering from domestic violence.


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