Our Mission

We’re generating more knowledge and data than ever before. Where is it going? How are we using it to shape our world?

Footnote bridges the gap between the academic world and your world. We collaborate with scholars from top universities to unlock the potential of their research and expertise by translating it for a mainstream audience. We create content that’s engaging and accessible for anyone who wants to learn.

Our mission? Bring more research, evidence, and data into the public conversation around issues that matter, so we all have a better understanding of our world. Inform educators, journalists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, business and nonprofit leaders, and citizens who can help transform research into action.

Opportunity:

  • $65 billion is spent on research at U.S. universities.
  • 350,000 academic researchers in the U.S. are developing innovative ideas.
  • 1.6 million articles are published in scholarly journals each year.

Meet the Team

Joseph Morone

Co-founder & CEO Bio

Joe Morone

Joe joined his first startup as a Brown University undergraduate and, following graduation in 2004, learned about online media working at Ruckus Network and Name Media. Joe founded his first media company in 2006 and received his MBA from Babson College in 2009.

Diana Brazzell

Co-founder & Executive Editor Bio

Diana Brazzell

Diana graduated from Brown University with a degree in public policy and worked for several years as a researcher and writer on social and economic policy. She was a criminal justice policy researcher at the Urban Institute and founded the blog ThePolicyBrief.com to bring policy research to a broader audience.

Jon Warman

Co-founder & Advisor Bio

Jon Warman

Jon graduated from Brown University in 2005 with a degree in Computer Science. He joined Facebook’s engineering team in early 2006 and contributed to product development as the team expand from 50 to 1,500 people. He is Co-Founder and CTO of online task outsourcing start-up Jackalope.

Atle Skalleberg

Founding Advisor Bio

Atle Skalleberg

Atle is the CEO of Student Universe, the leading student deals service that reaches millions of students every year. Originally from Norway, he received his undergraduate degree from The Norwegian School of Management – B.I. and his graduate degree from Boston University.

Suzannah Weiss

Assistant Editor Bio

Suzannah Weiss

Suzannah holds a B.S. in cognitive neuroscience and a B.A. in gender & sexuality studies and modern culture & media from Brown University. She conducted research at Brown’s Social Cognitive Science Research Center and its Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative and worked on the editorial team of Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.

Jesse Lyons

Academic Editor, Sciences Bio

Jesse Lyons

Jesse received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California San Francisco and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Systems Biology at MIT and Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital.

Trygve Throntveit

Academic Editor, Humanities Bio

Trygve Throntveit

Trygve received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and then served as a lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History. He is currently working on a book on Woodrow Wilson to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Shay O’Brien

Contributing Editor Bio

Shay O’Brien

Shay graduated from Brown University with a degree in anthropology and experience conducting anthropological research in Mexico and the United States. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the think tank MDRC.

Victor Kotsev

Contributing Editor Bio

Victor Kotsev

Victor is a journalist who has written for outlets such as The Atlantic, The Nation, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the Harvard International Review. He has a masters degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Notre Dame.

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Latest News

August 2013

Footnote participated in the launch of The College and University Research Collaborative, an initiative to bring the expertise of academics at RI universities to policymakers in the state. As a partner in the project, Footnote will be helping create products policymakers can use to inform their work.

June 2013

The Boston Herald published a full page article on Footnote and our work.

May 2013

Footnote was selected as a MassChallenge finalist and is excited to be participating in the MassChallenge startup accelerator program in Boston from June to October.

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