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AcademicMerit LLC

AcademicMerit sells a cloud-based student assessment and professional learning suite that improves teaching and performance in literacy.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Software
  • Location Portland, ME, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded July 2010
  • Employees 9
  • Website

Company Summary

AcademicMerit's three award-winning and integrated products use assessment, professional development, and differentiated instruction to drive instruction and learning for both teachers and students in reading, writing and language. Our data-driven cloud solution supports the implementation of Common Core State Standards for literacy (adopted by 45 states), as well as key elements of state mandates requiring assessment of teacher efficacy.


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    Dan Powdermaker

    Dan is a customer-focused leader who has built and led sales, marketing and business development organizations that have consistently won in the marketplace. A founding executive at iBasis, a transformative Internet-based telecom company, he grew the company to industry leadership with revenues over $1Billion. At Arbinet, he helped engineer the sale of the company after leading a restructuring effort. Dan is a graduate of Harvard Business School

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    Ogden Morse III
    Founder & Chief Product Officer

    The inspiration and vision for AcademicMerit are grounded in Ogden’s extensive experience as educational entrepreneur and classroom teacher. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in English, he was Founder and CEO of Lyceum Communications, where he developed Get A Clue®, which was named one of the top four educational software programs in 2000. Prior to founding AcademicMerit, Ogden was a popular English teacher at Falmouth ME High School.

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    Jeffrey Bienkowski
    Software Development & Operations

    A specialist in Lean IT, agile development, systems architecture, and project management, Jeff has extensive experience leading US and off-shore IT teams focused on Web initiatives and eCommerce. He has managed IT teams at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, including SunLife Financial and Fidelity. Jeff is a graduate of Boston University's School of Management (MBA) and Harvard Business School's Executive Leadership Program.


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    Murray Plumb & Murray, Portland, ME
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    Baker, Newman, Noyes, Portland, ME

Previous Investors

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    Integrity Holdings
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    John Goodrich
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    Robert Kump