Because life happens outside the classroom, so should learning

A letter from the founders

We live in a time of rapid innovation and expanding possibilities. Now, more than ever, effective education is critical. Yet the standardized education model cannot adapt to the 21st century and provide students with the skills and mindset they need for their future.

Children deserve engaging and meaningful learning experiences that prepare them for their future. So we built Skipper, a social learning platform that empowers parents to provide a personalized education for their children and a place where educators can share their expertise through hosting courses and building communities.

If families and educators partner together to provide children with a personalized education full of engaging and meaningful learning experiences, children will develop the skills and mindset they need to cultivate a fulfilling and successful life.

We’re on a mission to empower parents and educators to personalize and inspire a lifetime of learning - for all children.

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The story behind our name

Skipper empowers people to captain their own ship -- to chart their own path and embrace ownership in their pursuit of ideas and learning.


Our Octopus Mascot

Wish you had eight arms? Us too. That’s why we built Skipper - to help you get more done with less work so you can spend more time engaging in meaningful learning experiences with your family and friends.

our values

Mission led, community driven

Celebrate People

We build products that promote positive interactions and healthy relationships with one another.

Creative Innovation

We are committed to an innovation process that listens to your needs and provides “a better way” to everyday challenges.

Holistic Excellence

We’re obsessed with delivering experiences and technology that suprasses your expectations and empowers you to live your best life.

Always Learning

We are curious and embrace learning - always looking forward to future possibilities and challenges.

Leadership team

Meet our Founders

Everything we do celebrates family, childhood, and the freedom to live your best life.

Julia Brickamn

CEO & Co Founder
With over 20 years of experience developing technology, product design, and business development, Julia is a trailblazer in the tech industry. As a third-generation entrepreneur, she has a proven track record of driving growth and success in startups, transforming industries as she did with her first company, the party and stationery industry. Known for her innovative spirit, she has become a sought-after speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship, EQ, and personality type.

Julia Brickman

CEO and Founder
With 20+ years of experience developing technology, product design, and business development, Julia is a trailblazer in the tech industry. As a third-generation entrepreneur, she has a proven track record of driving startup growth and success. Julia co-founded her first successful company Polka Dot Design, with her husband, Aaron. In addition, she is knowledgeable in platform technology, changes in education, homeschooling, effective teaching practices, the creator economy, and community engagement, making her a valuable resource for families, educators, and organizations.

Aaron Brickman

COO and Co-Founder
Aaron is a former U.S. Army Ranger and business leader with 20+ years of experience in technology development. Aaron and Julia founded their first company, Polka Dot Design, in 2003, quickly becoming a leading internet stationery company. Polka Dot was the fastest-growing and most innovative company in the industry. Aaron's expertise in technology made him a driving force behind the company's success and ability to establish leading standards of efficiency and productivity. The many tech solutions they pioneered are commonplace within the stationery industry today. Aaron and Julia successfully exited Polka Dot in 2010.

Serg Pokrovskyy

CTO and Co-Founder
Serg is a well-rounded technology expert with over a decade of experience in startup environments. With a Master's in Data Science from the University of British Columbia and a background ranging from software engineer to CTO, he has experience designing, building, and delivering complex IT solutions. In addition, he is a skilled cloud practitioner, serverless solutions architect, and expert in various blockchain technologies. Serg has a passion for learning and revolutionizing industries.

Our advisors

Adam Elmore

AWS DevTools Hero
Adam is a cloud consultant, AWS DevTools Hero, 12x AWS certified, and hosts AWS FM. In addition, he is the Co-Founder & CTO of StatMuse, successfully raising $15M in funding from Google and Disney. Adam is a seasoned engineer with 15+ years of technology development.

Jared Kalef

Technology Leader
Jared has 15+ years of experience in technology development and is currently the VP of Engineering at Thanx. Previously, Jared served as the VP of Engineering at Jungle Scout. He worked directly with the founder and built a data science team of over 60 individuals.

Manish Bhatt

Education, Law, and Start-ups
Manish has a unique blend of education, law, and entrepreneurship expertise. He's the former Head of Upper School at Trinity Valley School, a prestigious private K-12 school in Fort Worth, Texas, and taught business law and economics at TCU. In addition, he has extensive knowledge of Environmental and Tax Law/Policy, International Tax Laws, working with startups, and served as a JAG in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Shawna Ballast

Literacy, Leadership, and Communities
Shawna has experience in education, school administration, and leadership development. In 2017, As Principal, Shawna led Hartman Elementary to earn the distinguished National Blue Ribbon School Award. She later served as the Executive Director of Richardson Learning Community and Chief Literacy Intervention Officer in Richardson, ISD. Shawna is currently the Sr. Executive Director of PK-12 Literacy and Intervention, ensuring all students receive a literacy-rich foundation and academic enrichment.
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