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About Perusall

Our mission

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.

Our story

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.

Our investors

We don’t have any! We make all research, product, and strategic decisions ourselves in the interests of students, instructors, and educators everywhere.

Our team

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.

Gary King
Gary King is the Weatherhead University Professor, Harvard's most distinguished faculty position, and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
Brian Lukoff
Brian Lukoff is an educator, entrepreneur, and engineer. A Lecturer in the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, he has a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford.
Eric Mazur
Eric Mazur is Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard. He is also inventor of Peer Instruction, and pioneer of the flipped classroom.
Kelly Miller
Kelly Miller is Lecturer at the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. Her research is in Peer Instruction. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard.