About Us – Luc Beaudoin

Luc is author of Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective; and of Cognitive Productivity with macOS®: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge.

Luc was a Commonwealth Scholar and has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from University of Birmingham, England. Early in his career, Luc was an at-founding employee of two of Canada’s most successful startups. Analyzing the problems that knowledge workers face using technology for creating, learning and problem-solving led Luc to decide, in 2001, to launch a research-based business that would develop software to improve people’s cognitive productivity. In 2002, he joined forces with Phil Winne at Simon Fraser University, where they started the Learning Kit project. Eight years later became Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science and of Education at Simon Fraser University, and he formed CogZest.

In 2014, Luc and Brian Shi incorporated CogZest’s intellectual property into a new startup, CogSci Apps. In creating the widely acclaimed app, mySleepButton, they proved their concept of user-friendly potent cognitive science-based apps. Similarly, Hookmark is a cognitive tool. It addresses the “meta-access problem” described in Luc’s first book — the need to rapidly access information related to one’s current focus while remaining in psychological flow.

Luc is product manager of Hookmark and mySleepButton.