Native Brain’s team brings a unique combination of learning science, technical delivery acumen, and entrepreneurial experience to one of the most important challenges of our time. In addition to having the right set of skills to help usher learning into the 21st century, our core team also has a strong stake in the outcome – with young children of their own who are eager to learn.

Dr. Michael Connell
Dr. Michael Connell holds a doctorate in Education from Harvard University and an M.S. in Computer Science from MIT. He has been a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft Corporation, Sunburst Communications, Inc., and Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.; an Instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Educational Neuroscience program at Dartmouth College; and an educational consultant to schools, non-profit organizations, the federal government, and corporations. He has authored numerous articles on learning, motivation, and education, including Foundations of Educational Neuroscience: Integrating Theory, Experiment, and Design and Bridging Between Brain Science and Educational Practice with Design Patterns (with Zachary Stein and Howard Gardner, in Neuroscience in Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly).  Dr. Connell teamed up with serial entrepreneur Jeff Durso in 2011 to form Native Brain, Inc., in order to make research-based, scalable, and adaptive learning technologies available to all learners.

Jeff Durso
Jeff Durso is an accomplished technology entrepreneur with multiple launches and exits, including IT consultancy OEC, which he co-founded in 1995 and built to a successful $10 million acquisition in 2000; and, which he co-founded in 2003 and built from startup to industry leader and recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the US (#149 on 2008 INC 500). Jeff holds a B.S. in Management from MIT’s Sloan School. Mr. Durso joined longtime friend and colleague Dr. Michael Connell in 2011 to define and deliver the new blueprint for how learning should take place.