About Us

Making PBL easy and effective since 2015.

We’re constantly refining our pedagogy and technology to prepare students for a lifetime of success—however they define it.

8,560

Students taught over 35 years

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Books about learning to read

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Lines of code written

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Vision

Our Beginnings

Driven by a passion to improve education

Miriam Bogler taught as a computer teacher and tech coordinator at several Southern California public and private schools before earning her master’s degree in educational technology leadership from George Washington University. But after three decades in the classroom, she saw an opportunity that could truly improve achievement and prepare students for a successful future—no matter their chosen path. Channeling her passion for education, technology, and cognitive science, Miriam designed the Project Pals platform.

What drives her is a passion to improve education and prepare young learners for today’s complex jobs in a global economy. Through unwavering persistence—and a little luck—Miriam is turning her dreams into a reality, as early adopters provide extremely positive feedback validating her vision and product-market fit.

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Meet the Team

Get to know the educators, technologists, and advisors working to make Project Pals the go-to platform for project-based learning.

Miriam Bogler

Founder and CEO

Miriam is an instructional technology professional with over twenty years experience. Miriam's professional experiences include: the establishment of a successful after-school technology program, the implementation of a technology school plan, and the creation of instructional materials for teachers to conceptualize, plan and execute projects utilizing technology. In 2002, Miriam established Apollo's Vision Computer Clubs, a technology-based after school educational club. Miriam collaborated with underserved public schools in the greater Los Angeles area to provide cutting-edge robotics classes for elementary students. Miriam is now the founder & CEO of Project Pals, a web-based application that supports inquiry-driven projects and deep learning. Project Pals is the evolution and culmination of Miriam's extensive experience utilizing technology to develop 21st century skills.

Uri Bogler

Co-Founder and COO

Uri Bogler is a marketing executive with over 10 years experience building and managing teams, and developing marketing strategies across various industries, with an emphasis on digital marketing. Uri previously served as Vice President of Marketing at Favor, where he led the marketing and communications efforts for the Austin, Texas-based company widely recognized as a leader in the on-demand mobile delivery sector. Uri began his career in concert promotion at Live Nation Entertainment and recently led marketing, sponsorship, and communication efforts for Live Nation’s Front Gate Tickets business unit, the global leader in festival ticketing. As COO and Co-Founder or Project Pals, Uri is helping build the mission-based EdTech startup from the ground up. He is leading the go-to market strategy for the project based learning (PBL) management and design platform, in effort to help K-12 schools scale their PBL efforts and foster 21st Century Skills for the next generation of learners.

Josh Fester

CTO

Josh Fester is a software engineer with over 12 years of experience. Josh has built and lead many technology teams for startups in every phase. He has a strong knowledge of entrepreneurship and core web technologies. He has experience with Ruby (Rails and Sinatra), Javascript (Node, Ember, Angular), PHP (Symfony, Wordpress), ASP.NET, devOps, and agile development practices.

Bhadresh Sutaria

Advisor

Bhadresh Sutaria is Managing Partner at Mind Dynamics LLC – providing technology, finance, and strategy consulting services and advisory support to startups and Private Equity investors. Bhadresh has solid Board experience and strong background in Finance, Operations, Strategy, and Business Development in Education, Technology, Logistics and Life Sciences. As CFO & Senior Vice President, Finance & Strategy for Pearson’s K-12 business Bhadresh was responsible for strategy, business performance management, planning and analysis, and M&A and Strategic Partnerships from Finance perspective. During his tenure as CFO, the business gained market share and delivered record revenues, profits, and margins while investing in research and future products. He has worked with Investment Banks for M&A and evaluated startups. He has hands-on experience dealing with investment decisions, development and business management for many Education Technology products and Education contracts with District, State, and Federal Agencies. Bhadresh has undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law from Gujarat University in India, Graduate degrees in Accounting & Tax from University of Illinois and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University and CPA certification.

Jim Winett

Advisor

Jim Winett is the Founder and Managing Director of the DPAA Group, a boutique-consulting firm focused on creating strategy and providing operational execution services. Jim also is an entrepreneur and takes management and equity positions in emerging companies and technologies. Jim is a hands-on operations and finance executive. As a business consultant and advisor, Mr. Winett has provided consulting services since 1987 to over 70 clients ranging from early-stage startups and turnarounds to large U.S. and overseas manufacturers, distributors, retailers and service corporations. Mr. Winett has particular strengths in strategic planning, organizational change, operational execution, restructurings, business development and finance. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Winett has founded and developed numerous successful companies in Internet Fulfillment, Consulting, Health, Fitness and Wellness, and Consumer Products industries. Mr. Winett received his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992 and his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He is also a CPA (inactive status).

Kevin Randolph

Advisor

Kevin Randolph has raised hundreds of millions in capital, created billions in economic value and thousands of jobs on a global scale. Kevin has been a c-level executive, advisor, mentor and coach to Industries including electronic banking, electronic brokerage, SaaS, social commerce, retail, broadcast television, interactive television, cable television, radio, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics, airlines, advertising, higher education, technology transfer, medical devices, nuclear materials, nanotechnology, management information systems, decision support systems, competitive local exchange carriers, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, data mining, terrestrial navigation systems, computer-telephony integration, transgenic agriculture, commercial real estate, nuclear isotopes and solar power. His largest project was building a pan-Asia communications company, completing 20 acquisitions in 18 months and increasing enterprise value 500 fold in 24 months from $4,000,000 to $2,000,000,000. Most recently he has been a key advisor and executive director at Washington State University and Idaho State University. There he has identified over $200B in disruptive technology revenue with over $240M in government sponsored proposals in process.

Our Values

Inspire and Train

Our hope is for students to become lifelong learners with the capabilities to methodically approach problem-solving situations.

Real-World Education

By bringing a cooperative, real-world problem-solving environment into the classroom, we aim to instill students with the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the modern, collaborative workplace.

Improve Retention

Our methodical approach to problem solving with easy-to-use strategies allows students to apply skills across contexts and subject areas, thus helping them construct problem representations that lead to better student understanding.

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