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SIIA CODIE Innovation Showcase Finalist

Cascade Reading Team

We spent years on the important stuff: controlled research, algorithm development & testing, and retesting.  With three successful patent applications already, a comprehensive product map, and a B-to-B market strategy that will take us across the globe & into new worlds, we’re just getting started! 

Our show-stopping innovation is a remarkable new “Reading Technology” with universal application. 

Leadership with broad experience and a common passion

A diverse team of language scientists, technologists & entrepreneurs committed to translating evidence-based research into practical tools to improve reading for everyone.

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Michael Gorman

Over 25 years investing in pioneering Software and Internet Services companies. Co-Founder of Split Rock Partners, managing over $1 billion of venture capital. JD/MBA from Harvard, parent of four children, and passionate believer in the power of reading to change lives.
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Mark Lacek

Founder or co-founder of 8 companies at the intersection of Technology, Marketing, and Accessibility. Awarded the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine’s “Best Brains”. Dad to two college girls who are the loves of his life. Determined to change the world before he leaves it. MBA, University of St Thomas.

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Julie Van Dyke
Chief Scientist

Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, now part of the Yale
Child Study Center, for 20+ years. Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh; M.Sc., Computational Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon. Expertise in memory and language processes that support comprehension. Taught high school English/History for 5 years. Parent to 4 girls, one with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia. Driven by a desire to help every child reach his or her full potential.

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Jon Moog

Serial tech leader growing large ideas into valuable technology businesses. CTO of EBureau, acquired by Transunion, and CTO of RiskWise, acquired by LexisNexis. Committed to ensuring every reader and learner can have access to great reading technology.

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Jack Dempsey
Director of Research

Data scientist and reading psychologist with extensive experience in Bayesian inference and machine learning methods. Ph.D.; M.Sc. in Educational Psychology and B.A. in Linguistics from University of Illinois. Affiliated Lecturer at University of Illinois, teaching language development to future teachers. Research expertise in comprehension failure and the role of context and working memory during reading.

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Michele Landis
Chief Revenue Officer

Continuing her entrepreneurial endeavors, Michele brings a past deeply rooted in the equity of experiences. An Opus College of Business educated digital specialist focused on turning mobile apps and software into revenue-generating assets. Co-Founder of Accessible360 & JourneyTellr, and proudly serving on the Board of Directors for Unlabeled Theater. She has also created three amazing humans.

Research Comes First

Cascade Reading is committed to research with an emphasis on controlled studies of the impact of the Cascade Format on reading comprehension. Research has been, and will always be at the forefront of our work.

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Reading Changes Lives, Cascade Changes Reading!


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