Bits and bobs about the company Memrise Ltd. on one page.

Memrise is a privately-held, online learning community that was founded in 2008 in Boston (citation needed) (launch: September 2010) and started out with a team of five (including the two founders).</span>

During the course of its existence, memrise saw two of the initial team leave but took on a dozen good new employees, with a focus on mobile development. Both the Android and iOS apps are available as of May 2013. 

Memrise won several tech and startup prizes and was covered in renown newspapers and online magazines as well as blogs.

The people behind memrise


Ed Cooke 

  • Oxford, PhD
  • US memory grandmaster
  • author 

Greg Detre

  • Princeton Computational Neuroscience PhD
  • Python / Django expert

key people

  • Ed Cooke
Co-Founder & CEO -- chief executive officer
"A chief executive officer (CEO) is the highest-ranking corporate officer (executive) or administrator in charge of total management of an organization. An individual appointed as a CEO of a corporation, company, organization, or agency typically reports to the board of directors." [1]
  • Greg Detre
Co-Founder & CEO (2008-'11), CTO (2008 - '12) -- chief technology officer (left in xx.xx.2012) (citation needed)
"A chief technology officer or chief technical officer (CTO) is an executive-level position in a company or other entity whose occupant is focused on scientific and technological issues within an organization." [2]
  • Ben Whately
Content/Community & CFO -- chief financial officer
"The chief financial officer (CFO) or chief financial and operating officer (CFOO) is a corporate officer primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of the corporation." [3]
  • Kevin Rooney
Creative Director
  • Spencer Davis
Lead Developer. (9/1/09) (has left August 2012) [4]

The team in addition to the initial five

  • Eliot York, Product
  • Adam Johnson, Full-stack Dev
  • Tancredi Trugenberger, Creative Dev
  • Giovanni Lodi, iOS Engineer
  • Jason Chin, Mobile Developer
  • Jason Hobbs, Mobile Developer
  • Darren Smith, Product Lead
  • Jenny Duckett, Back-end Dev
  • Nick Hodges, Mobile Lead
  • Chris Nater, Web Developer
  • John Duffill, Executive Producer
  • Andrea Ambu. "Ninjeneer"(?)

according to [5] 


key fundings:

$5.1M in Series A funding (12/7/12) [F1]

$1.1M in Seed funding (2/16/12) [F2]

$60k in Seed funding (10/17/11) [F3]

$18k in Seed funding (3/1/11)

according to [6]


source [7] "A Series A round is the name typically given to a company's first significant round of venture funding in the Silicon Valley model of startup company formation. The name refers to the class of preferred stock sold to investors in exchange for their investment." [8] [F2]:

$1.1 mio seeding capital by

  • Matt Mullenweg’s Audrey Capital, 
  • Avalon Ventures, 
  • Balderton Capital, 
  • Lerer Ventures, 
  • Zynga Boston head Nabeel Hyatt, 
  • former Facebook data head Jeff Hammerbacher, 
  • Bill Warner,  
  • Scott Heller, 
  • Walt Winshall and 
  • Ken Baumann


as reported on FEB 16th 2012 [9] [F3]:

seed funding

Ken Bauman [10]


Memrise Ltd (map)

30 Vyner Street

London, E2 9DQ, UK


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