Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen is the founder & CEO of Brainscape. Before starting Brainscape, Andrew spent nearly a decade developing eLearning solutions for large corporations, U.S. government offices, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank, across four continents. He has a Masters in Education Technology from Columbia University and can be found on Twitter at @acohenNY.

The 6 Most Important Roles of a Startup CEO

Founding and growing an industry-transforming company is probably one of the hardest things anyone could ever do, and the hardest part about it is that nobody has done your job ever before!  There are no fixed rules in startups.  Your men--- Continue reading

Constantly fire all of your employees

I spent the first several years of my career working for a federal government department in Washington, DC. One of my strongest impressions of that experience is how monotonous everyone’s job was. Rather than encouraging each employee to --- Continue reading

The Most Underrated Entrepreneurial Skill

Being a startup founder who is obsessed with my own personal growth, I frequently get sucked into blog posts with titles like “The top 5 traits of all successful entrepreneurs.” These articles tend to cite characteristics such as passio--- Continue reading

How Entrepreneurs Should Read Business Books

If you regularly read entrepreneurial blogs and Twitter feeds, I’d be willing to bet that barely a day goes by that you don’t see some list of “The 50 must-read books for entrepreneurs.” This is on top of all the Amazon recommendati--- Continue reading

How to prevent technical debt from slowing your product development

I often hear people wondering how a company like Google -- with thousands of the world’s best engineers -- can still have so many bugs in its products. Are Google’s software developers simply not as good as everyone says they are?  --- Continue reading

The Scarcest Resource at Your Company is Management’s Mental Bandwidth

In the past few years, an increasing body of research has begun emerging related to the finiteness of our decision-making energies. It turns out that the quality of our decisions begins to erode during the course of a typical day, as our fi--- Continue reading

Be careful how many cans of worms you open at your startup

If you were a fly on the wall at Brainscape’s team meetings, you would commonly hear us questioning whether we really want to “open that can of worms” when considering a new proposal. This is our way of saying that few business ini--- Continue reading

The Greatest Startup Job Application Ever

Back in 2012, when Brainscape was just a puppy, we received what is still the greatest job application we have ever received. Sam Seidenberg, a recent college graduate, applied to a (non-existent) Brainscape internship by posting this ridic--- Continue reading