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In the winter of 2006, Andrew Cohen was living in Martinique and needed to learn French fast. To speed up his acquisition of new words, he put together an excel macro that timed the repetition of vocab words based on how well he knew them. Little did he know that this macro was the start of what would become Brainscape.

You can read more about his story here.


  1. Andrew

    Andrew Cohen

    Founder & CEO

    Self-taught programmer. Created Brainscape v0.1 in 2006. eLearning consultant at World Bank; MA Education Technology at Columbia University.

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  2. Andy

    Andy Lutz

    Chief Product Officer

    VP of Product at The Princeton Review, where he ran web/live services earning $100m/yr

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  3. Mike

    Mike Cavaliere

    Chief Experience Officer

    Senior web engineer from advertising industry; NYC BigApps 2009 prize winner; Huge Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) geek

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  4. Jeff

    Jeff Holliday

    Chief Technology Officer

    Software Engineer at Intuit on TurboTax Mac/iPad. Creator of Flashcardlet, the successful free iPhone/iPad studying application. MS Information & Computer Science, UC Irvine.

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  5. Jon

    Jon Laing

    Lead Designer and Fungineer

    Senior Web Application developer at American College of Physicians. BFA Illustration & Design, University of the Arts

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  6. Amanda

    Amanda Moritz-Saladino

    Community Manager

    Bachelors in Cognitive Science, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Certifiable WordPress ninja.

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  7. Ike

    Ike Wilson

    Content Manager

    Teacher at Ulysses S. Grant Foundation; Bachelors in French from Yale. Writer, DJ, basketball player, and learning enthusiast.

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Brainscape is an adaptive web and mobile education platform designed to help you learn faster. Our method focuses on the TIMING of study repetitions. Rate how well you know each concept, on a scale of 1-5, and Brainscape determines exactly the right interval of repetition for YOUR brain.

Users can create their own content for free, or study Brainscape's expert created content. The Brainscape marketplace covers subjects from GRE vocab prep to Spanish to Sports Trivia and Music Theory, all of which you can study online or on the go.

You can learn literally ANYTHING faster with Brainscape.

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Brainscape intelligently processes each flash card and modifies the repetition pattern based on how well integrated the answer is in your long term memory...Like magic, based on my confidence levels, certain words appear as soon as I seem to have forgotten them. Each time I run the deck, I become more and more confident in the words, and quickly find them etched in my long-term memory.

The Huffington Post

[Brainscape] uses the digital platform to tweak the flashcard model with proven learning strategies.


The future of education itself, to Cohen, is based around optimization.

Forbes Magazine

But failing to recognize a common tech term [like 'S Corp' and 'Jason Fried'] at the right moment can make you look like a nube...Smart-flashcard startup Brainscape launched a new deck of flashcards called Tech Startup Genius on Wednesday that promises to protect you from this situation.



The absolute best learning tool I have ever used in my life. I love learning at MY OWN unique pace. I am retaining everything I learn. This is incredible!


Best flashcard learning program I've ever used and I've tried many of the best ones out there.


I just took the GREs after preparing with Brainscape and was extremely happy with the outcome. The portability of the app and amazingly effective method it employs made using it convenient and rewarding, and I have no doubt that it helped to raise my score.

Chris Jamba

I have several [Spanish learning apps] but this is my go-to flashcard app for Spanish. This is three times more intelligently designed than the others. You will be racing through vocabulary with this app.


Confidence-Based Repetition is amazing. I'm very excited about my kids and I using this software.


Absolutely fantastic! This is what I was looking for. And so easy to use.