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Memrise logo 2015, with cyan background.png
Type of site
Privately held company
Available inEnglish, Korean, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Arabic, Dutch, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Turkish.
FoundedUS (2005)
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Greg Detre
Ed Cooke
Ben Whately[1]
CEOEd Cooke
Alexa rankIncrease 2,873 (July 2017)[2]
LaunchedSeptember 2010
Current statusActive
Chatbot on the Memrise app for iPhone.

Memrise is a language platform which uses flashcards as memory aids, but also offers user-generated content on a wide range of other subjects.

Memrise has official courses in 16 languages and its combinations[3]. The app has over 35 million registered users[4]. Memrise has been profitable since late 2016.[citation needed]

Origins and development[edit]

Memrise was founded by Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, and Greg Detre, a Princeton neuroscientist specializing in the science of memory and forgetting. The website launched in private beta after winning the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club 2009 TigerLaunch competition.[5] On October 1, 2012, 100 users were allowed to sign up to test a non-beta version of the website called Memrise 1.0. As of May 2013, a Memrise app has been available for download on both the App Store (iOS) and Google Play.[6]


In July 2010, Memrise was named as one of the winners of the London Mini-Seedcamp competition.[7] In November 2010, the site was named as one of the finalists for the 2010 TechCrunch Europas Start-up of the Year.[8] In March 2011, it was selected as one of the Techstars Boston startups.[9] In May 2017, Memrise was named as one of Best App winner of the second edition of the Google Play awards[10].


Starting in late February 2019, Memrise has been the subject of much recent criticism[citation needed] due to an announcement that user-created content will be moving to a different web-based platform[11]. It was announced that this new website would not have an app and that users would be unable to access their material offline[12]. In response, the Memrise forums were bombarded with posts criticizing this as a slap in the face to Memrise's users and content-creators[13]. This criticism has followed onto Reddit with many users calling for a migration to rival platforms[14].

In late September 2012, the leaderboard on the website was temporarily suspended due to "extensive cheating". Specific users had been using bots and non-intensive mechanisms, such as celebrity photo memory courses, to achieve atypical scores that were not reflective of actual learning. In response, the administrators established a new leaderboard after revising the scoring loopholes.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Memrise". Crunchbase. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Memrise". Ranking. Alexa Internet. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Learn Languages, Grammar & Vocabulary with Memrise - Apps on Google Play". 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  4. ^ {{cite web|url= Memrise raises $15.5M as its AI-based language-learning app passes 35M users }
  5. ^ "TigerLaunch 2009". Archived from the original on December 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Forums > What's New: May 20th News! - Memrise". Memrise. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Mini Seedcamps 2010". Seedcamp. Archived from the original on June 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Europas – The Finalists". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  9. ^ "TechStars Boston 2011: Who Got In". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  10. ^ Purnima Kochikar (May 19, 2017). "The winners of the 2017 Google Play Awards are ..." Play | Google Blog.
  11. ^ "Important Update: Upcoming changes to Memrise community-created courses". Memrise. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  12. ^ "The Creation of Decks and the Future of Memrise". The Memrise Blog. 2019-02-21. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  13. ^ "Angry about the Decks update? How to make your voices heard". Memrise. 2019-02-20. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  14. ^ "r/memrise - RIP Memrise". reddit. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  15. ^ "The irrationality of cheating at gamified learning". Wired UK.

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