Automating the process
I had now earned my PhD, but had missed this crucial and obvious lesson– it doesn’t matter if a method works if it’s too hard to use. I had to figure out how to automate the reading presentation creation process. I tried PowerPoint Macros- turns out they don’t do what they’d need to do. I tried to teach myself VBA- slow going and inefficient for me to reinvent myself as a developer.
I looked for a developer. I had no money for a developer. I looked for money.
After two more years of steady seeking, I found a little grant money, I found partners, Chip Evans and Adarsh Char, and together we forged a path to developing Read Ahead- a fully automated tool that skims, identifies and highlights key words with motion.
Forging Full Tilt Ahead
We first envisioned ourselves as non-profit reading evangelists, but in order to apply for the Institute for Education Science’s Small Business Innovation Research Grant, we formed an LLC. We fully embraced our new identity as a small business and formed our team of complementary skill sets into an academic design studio, Full Tilt Ahead. With this success, and with great developers William Hall and Stride AI, we have been able to bootstrap development of Read Ahead ourselves.
Launching Read Ahead
Now you can automagically create a reading presentation in a few simple steps at Read Ahead.