Bio

Greg Detre co-founded Memrise.com with Ed Cooke in 2008, blending the art and science of memory to power incredibly effective, social and playful online learning experiences. Featured in The Guardian, WiredThe Independent and elsewhere, Memrise has just passed a million users, raised $5m in VC from some of the top investors in the world, and is successfully helping people learn 10 times faster than staring at a textbook across 100+ languages.

Before that, he graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, studied at Harvard on a prestigious Frank Knox Fellowship, and received his PhD from Princeton University on the computational neuroscience of human memory & forgetting. He has 15 years of computer programming experience, working in Python, Clojure, Javascript, Matlab, R, Lisp and a variety of other languages. While at Princeton, he led the development of an open source machine learning toolbox for fMRI data used by hundreds of labs around the world, wrote an Emacs mode used by exactly one person in the world, and coordinated the team behind Princeton’s prize-winning entries in DARPA’s international competition to read someone’s mind with a brain scanner.

In 2012, Greg left Memrise to travel around Asia. In 2013, he rebooted as a data scientist at The Guardian, got married, and is now intensively tinkering with a new idea.