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Brainstorm in Bubbles with Wikibrains

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A hybrid between brainstorming and mind mapping, WikiBrains is a place to discover and share connections with a growing community of creative and visual thinkers. We spoke to co-founder Leon Markowitz to find out more.

What is Wikibrains?
The site is a growing database of semantically linked information and knowledge, so every connection you make has an impact. On WikiBrains you can search for a topic and quickly see what other brainiacs are associating it to, you can immediately start connecting the dots to quickly and easily create a beautiful map to share and brainstorm with colleagues.

How does Wikibrains help with creativity?
WikiBrains is constantly iterating the UX/UI to provide an environment that is conducive to creative expression. White space and jumping colorful bubbles are carefully balanced to invite users to create and explore connections, but there are still necessary tweaks being tested. The end goal is to help you see the big picture quickly and easily. Simultaneously, you are contributing to the experience of future users.

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Where did the idea for Wikibrains come from?
WikiBrains was originally conceived as a solution for college students to share academic-related content through interconnected maps. But our users and metrics pointed us to the current version: data visualization and creative collaboration. And we are still learning!

Take us (briefly) through your startup story – how did you get started and who makes up the Wikibrains team?
The idea first popped in Jishai’s brain when he was attending college in Amsterdam and, like most students, was frustrated by the lack of collaboration between people learning the same subjects. He dropped everything and moved to Tel-Aviv to transform the idea into a reality. After 1.5 year of learning and iterating, WikiBrains continues to grow and improve, ever thirsty for the fountain of knowledge and creativity.

We are a small international team based in Tel-Aviv, representing in flesh what WikiBrains stands for: Out-of-the-box thinking through multi-cultural understanding.

Jishai Evers (@jishai), CEO – Netherlands
Gilad Manor (@giladmanor), CTO – Israel
Leon Markovitz (@ideasfisherman), CMO – Venezuela
Ole Filippov (@olefilippov), VP Engineering – Ukraine
Barbara Gian (@barb_gian) VP Marketing- France

But more important than the team are our users. Every contributor, every brainiac, every curious mind who explores and connects the dots, every map shared… they transform WikiBrains from an algorithm into a living and curious brain.

Who is Wikibrains for? Who will get most benefit?
Everyone in need of visualizing and/or expressing their thoughts, but specially: students, educators, bloggers, and consultants. They can build their vision of the topic or information of their choice, visualizing it for better understanding and communication. It also serves to help people get an instant mental picture of how things are interconnected.

How do you see Wikibrains developing in the future?
A library of data visualisations to quickly get the big picture on any topic, and a place for mutual exchange of ideas. Ultimately, our decisions are guided by our users and partners, they are the boss.

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