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Academics’ Choice Award!

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We’re on a mission…

Over the past few years we’ve talked to countless other parents who, like us, are frustrated by the way our schools send our kids out to sell cookie dough or magazine subscriptions or some other product that few of our friends and relatives really want.

We understand the need to fundraise, but we wish the fundraiser could support learning more directly. At the same time, we’ve grown equally frustrated by the hours our kids spend playing games and on social media with their heads buried in their mobile devices.

As a group of educators, technologist, and entrepreneurs, we’re always looking for innovative ways to solve problems. In late 2016, the idea was born. What if there was a way to raise more money for schools and get kids to want to read, all while letting kids use their mobile devices? Two weeks SpoonRead was founded.

SpoonRead is a cloud-based reading platform your kids access on their phone or tablet. We gamify reading, so that as they read, kids earn gems and coins for correctly answering comprehension questions to validate their reading. By chunking the content and rewarding them for their close reading, reading with SpoonRead becomes a game kids want to play. It lets them be successful reading as much or as little as they like, whenever they have time, while always requiring them to pay careful attention to what they’re reading.

SpoonRead is on a mission to raise more money for schools and get kids reading. We feel passionately about the impact a strong reading habit can have on all students’ lives. We appreciate that kids love games and rewards and mobile devices. And we know that school fundraising is a fact of life. We believe that by combining all these elements together, everybody wins.

Meet Our Team

Bart Meltzer, CEO

Bart has over 25 years of experience as a designer and developer of innovative Internet-based applications…

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Harry Max, Chief People Officer

Harry is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of skills and capabilities to help scale organizations by putting people …

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Mayank Vadodaria, CTO

Mayank has over 34 years of experience in software development, engineering management and technology…

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Peter Levy, Chief Strategy Officer

Peter is a versatile and experienced educational technology leader with …

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Nicki Silecchia, Content Production Manager 

Nicki is a devoted book lover who has been teaching English Language Arts for …

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Rob Owen, Academic Advisor and Independent Author Manager

With nearly 20 years of teaching experience …

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Our Advisors

Dan Farley, Publishing & Education Executive

Dan Farley describes himself as a mission-driven guy, passionate about learning and reading, as evidenced by his career ..

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Jon P. Fine, SVP and Publisher, Open Road Integrated Media

Jon P. Fine, Open Road’s Senior Vice President and Publisher, is a legal, business and creative professional ..

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Greg Hanson, VP of fundraising for Blue Star Sports and Partner/Owner Step It Up Kids

Greg Hanson will be helping to integrate Spoon Read into the fundraising world. Greg …

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Andrew Van Valer, Serial Entrepreneur

Andrew Van Valer is a long time entrepreneur with over 30+ years of experience in business supporting startups and …

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Rebecca Davis

As a privacy lawyer with a passion for technology, Rebecca advises on privacy compliance and risk management ..

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Board of Directors

Bart Meltzer

Bart has over 25 years of experience as a designer and developer of innovative Internet-based applications…

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Rich Moran

Richard A. Moran is a noted San Francisco based business leader, venture capitalist, bestselling …

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Andrew Van Valer

Andrew Van Valer is a long time entrepreneur with over 30+ years of experience in business supporting startups and …

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Harry Max

Harry is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of skills and capabilities to help scale organizations by putting people …

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Frank DeBernardo

Frank is a lifelong entrepreneur and currently the owner and broker of The Brokerage in Capitola …

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If you’re interested in finding out more about how we can help your school raise more money and get your kids reading more, reach out! We’d love to hear from you.

We’re excited to disrupt the way traditional school fundraising has been done and to do our small part to help kids build a lifelong reading habit.

Find out more about Spoonread and how it can get your kids reading.
Download Spoonread now and get your kids reading more today.