Maxeme Tuchman - CEO and Co-Founder of Caribu Inc.
A huge part of many of our childhoods consisted of us in bed with either of our parents or grandparents telling us a story.
Many tales of fantasy worlds and faraway palaces that would make our little minds go into overdrive imagining what these places look like, and how the people there dresses and talked.
Storytelling has been an integral part of our childhood and that of generations before us, and many years later, studies have proved that storytelling has many benefits to children besides being just an entertainment before bed.
Storytelling helps introduce children to new vocabulary, as well as enhance their listening skills, making them more attentive to what they hear. Moreover, it helps to keep children in touch with their cultural roots, and is actually a good learning activity as it encourages the children to interact more with the story and ask questions.
However, in today’s fast-paced world, storytelling has become a less integral part of a child’s bedtime process.
One of the main reasons for that is that both parents usually work now, making it difficult for one or both of them to be home by their child’s bedtime, not to mention those who live and work away from home. In addition to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and mentors who can’t be available to fill this position and read a story to the child on a nightly basis.
And all of this makes “Caribu” all the more important.
“Caribu”, as explained by its Co-Founder, Maxeme Tuchman, is “FaceTime meets Kindle for kids”.
Maxeme Tuchman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Caribu Inc, an educational technology company that bridges the gap between parents and children when the parents aren’t home; thus, and through its Caribu Application, enables the parents to read for their children, and to draw and colour with them prior to bed, and all through video calling.
With a passion for Education from the beginning, Maxeme started as a “Teach for America” corps member, teaching 480 high school students, which then led to her working on numerous organisations, such as: Harlem’s Children Zone, DC Public Schools, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Moreover, she was the Executive Director of “Teach for America Miami-Dade”, where she was responsible for overseeing the daily regional operations of 26 staff members; thus, generating over 15 million dollars of private and public support, servicing more than 500 teachers and alumni.
Additionally, Maxeme was appointed to serve as a “White House Fellow” at the United States Department of Treasury by President Barack Obama, where she served as a senior policy advisor and worked on issues of financial inclusion.
And before all that, she co-created the New York City Corps and managed the New York City Waterfalls art installation, bringing more than 60 million dollars impact to the city.
It was in 2016, when Maxeme Tuchman met Alvaro Sarbido, and they founded Caribu together.
Maxeme Tuchman was named as the Toyota Mother of Invention for the year 2017, as well as the Female Tech Leader of the Year 2017 by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Today, Caribu has reached many countries, connecting children with their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and mentors, ensuring that one of the oldest traditions ever still lives on.
Written by Yasmine Mokhtar