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Brainrush is an online platform where anyone can create, share, and play, adaptive learning games.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2010
  • Employees 12
  • Website

Company Summary

BrainRush is an online platform where anyone can create, share, and play mini-learning games, for free. Each BrainRush uses our Adaptive Practice technology, which applies brain science to gameplay so that learning is easier, more fun, and a lot faster. We make any curriculum better by providing the personalized practice that students need to develop fluency in key foundational material while providing robust teacher monitoring tools.


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    Nolan Bushnell
    CEO, Chairman

    Mr. Bushnell founded and was CEO of Atari Corporation, a manufacturer of video games, from 1971 to 1978. He founded and served as CEO of Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater, a restaurant chain featuring electronic entertainment, from 1977 to 1983. In addition to being CEO of BrainRush and sitting on several corporate boards, he's the recent author of the best-selling Simon & Schuster book "Finding the Next Steve Jobs."

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    Thomas Butt
    President and CTO

    Founder of Wordplay and developed underlying Adaptive Practice technology. Formerly CTO of publicly held Wave Systems where he managed over 150 engineers and directed development of advanced security products; former CTO of Eplay where he directed the development of web 2.0 technologies to allow users to engage with current events through polls and predictions. Degree in Physics and former nuclear engineer.

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    Adam Berns
    Co-Founder & Business Development

    Adam is an entrepreneur and attorney who has started several technology companies. He co-founded and served as head of business development and general counsel of Neural ID, a Silicon Valley venture-funded company that has built a pattern recognition platform based on neural networks. Also formerly co-founder EVP & GC of Hiwire, an ad insertion platform for radio. Adam has a BA from Stanford and JD/MBA from UCLA and also worked as an attorney at

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    Tina Hoover
    VP, Marketing

    Tina has extensive experience in social and mobile game development as well as television production and marketing, and previously served as vice president of social media & interactivity at Endemol USA.


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    Adam Berns

Previous Investors

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    Blumberg Capital, HBS Angels, TCA, City Spark