3-Minute Interview: Mike Hogan

The Belmont resident and self-described “serial entrepreneur” enlisted the help of his two children, 12-year-old Ryan and 15-year-old Kendall, in the development of www.flashcardfriends.com. The site combines social networking with learning, allowing students to create, share and test themselves using virtual flashcards.

Where did the idea for Flashcard Friends come from? I found when my kids used flashcards, they got straight As, but getting them to make them was much more challenging because they were much more interested in MySpace and Facebook. I started asking them questionsand we ended up formulating the idea for Flashcard Friends, a social network totally focused on sharing, learning and self-testing based on flashcards.

Why flashcards? I found they were just so effective with my kids. There have been some tests about how effective flashcards are, and it’s essentially the best way to learn information because you can do it at your own pace.

What can you do with the cards online? First, you can put pictures on them, but you can also put sounds on them. So, for example, with spelling you can type in your words and put those on the back sides of the cards, and the front side of the cards is the spoken version of that word, in a real human voice.

How are you getting word out about the site? I started building this with the kids about a year ago, and we started showing people quietly around November. I went in and showed the teachers at my son’s school, and now much of his school is using it. Teachers have kind of picked it up and spread it.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A construction worker watches a load for a crane operator at the site of the future Chinatown Muni station for the Central Subway on Tuesday, March 3, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Major construction on Central Subway to end by March 31

SFMTA board approves renegotiated contract with new deadline, more contractor payments

Neighbors and environmental advocates have found the Ferris wheel in Golden Gate Park noisy and inappropriate for its natural setting. <ins>(</ins>
Golden Gate Park wheel wins extension, but for how long?

Supervisors move to limit contract under City Charter provision requiring two-thirds approval

San Francisco school teachers and staff will be able to get vaccinations without delay with the recent distribution of priority codes. 
Shutterstock
SF distributes vaccine priority codes to city schools

San Francisco has received its first vaccine priority access codes from the… Continue reading

COVID restrictions have prompted a benefit or two, such as empty streets in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Taking the scenic route through a pandemic

Streets of San Francisco are pleasantly free of traffic

Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina provide the voices of the title characters of “Raya and the Last Dragon.” <ins>(Courtesy Disney)</ins>
‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ boasts full-scale diversity

Though familiar in plot, Disney’s latest is buoyed by beauty, pride and power

Most Read