We aim to change the nature of reading — from the traditional solitary experience to an engaging and collective one. We aim to change education — so all students do the reading, come to class prepared, and are motivated to do so because they care about the content. And we aim to advance behavioral science and AI research in the service of improving education — using our work at Harvard University and Perusall Labs to improve the Perusall platform and to help students, educators, researchers, and society at large.
We began Perusall as a major four-year research project at Harvard University, created the platform to serve students in our classes, and then in 2015 built the business to bring our research to students and instructors everywhere. Perusall is now a sustainable business with courses in 39 countries. Instead of spending money on sales and marketing, we grow mostly by word of mouth when instructors share their experiences with friends and colleagues.
We don’t have any! We make all research, product, and strategic decisions ourselves in the interests of students, instructors, and educators everywhere.
In addition to being developers, teachers, education researchers, and behavioral and data scientists from Harvard University, we are an experienced entrepreneurial team: We previously built Learning Catalytics together to manage the in-classroom experience, and have also separately built four other successful businesses.