We empower parents with a language learning platform for their children during the most critical stage of development: early childhood.
Monkimun offers an alternative to traditional teaching methods by implementing interactive, multi-media technologies and embedding lessons into the context of games. Monkimun lessons are designed specifically to teach languages to children between 2 and 6 years of age through the ludic method of mini-games to encourage self-motivation and engagement.
After fifteen years as a reading and elementary teacher, Suzanne Barchers began a career in writing and publishing. Her publications include more than 230 books, from stories for children to college textbooks.
She has served as an acquisitions editor for teachers’ and children’s books, as Managing Editor at Weekly Reader, and as Editor in Chief and Vice President at LeapFrog.
She is past president of the board of directors for the Association of Educational Publishers.
Suzanne Barchers currently serves on advisory boards for PBS, TextProject, and YouTube. She consults and writes from her home in Golden, Colorado. For more information, see www.suzanneibarchers.com and www.storycart.com.
Jens is a creative leader and game designer with 18 years of experience in kids interactive media. As the first employee, he helped found Toca Boca, the kids app brand where he was Creative Lead - Strategy and Operations.
He has also worked for organizations such as WGBH, Swedish Television and The United Nations.
Jens has a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, 1999. He has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Education and Children's Culture, from Stockholm University and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
As a three year old living in Paris, Jens was an original Lingokid, speaking three languages! Jens now resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
Cristobal Viedma is a serial-entrepreneur with a background in Computer Science. He's passionate about engineering, education, and cross-cultural communication.
He was the Head of Platform at Viki, a Greylock and Andreessen Horowitz-backed international TV site that started as a language-learning platform. Viki was acquired in 2013 by Rakuten for $200M. At the time of the acquisition it had over 32M users worlwide.
Prior to that, he founded Bluewalks, a startup that aimed to help travelers from all walks of life with crowd-sourced walking tours at the palm of their hand.
Cristobal has also worked as a researcher in mobile services in the areas of eLearning, eHealth, and persuasive technologies in research centers such as the MIT-Media Lab and KTH Mobile Service Lab in Stockholm.
Marieta Viedma is driven by language learning, early childhood development, and education. In 2006 she founded Gea Educativa, a chain of educational centers for children ages 2 to 16, and currently serves as Chairman of the board.
Marieta has pursued PhD coursework in Psychobiology, and during her studies she became fascinated by the cognitive capacities of early childhood, particularly in regard to language acquisition and the importance of learning through the play. She investigated the biological benefits of play behavior with children in Preschool Centers and with a baboon colony in the Zoo Aquarium of Madrid. Her studies focused particularly on how humans (and non-humans) use play as the primary method to explore and learn in early childhood.
Marieta Viedma lives with her husband, bilingual 4 year-old daughter, and two dogs.
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