About Us

Our Story

Amuse Labs grew out of a collaboration between the computer science and journalism departments at Stanford University in 2013. John Temple was a Senior Fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Program and Sudheendra Hangal was the associate director of the Computer Science Department’s MobiSocial Computing Laboratory. They initially worked together on a research project for personalized news. Meanwhile, Jaya Hangal had built an iOS app with multimedia crosswords to teach kids about Indian classical music, something she has deep interest in.

John’s years of experience as an editor had taught him how valuable crosswords and games are to audiences. When he saw Jaya’s app, he immediately saw the potential value it had in all kinds of areas. We started with the goal of democratizing the creation of beautiful puzzle experiences, so that anyone could create and share puzzles on any topic that they are knowledgeable and passionate about.

Today, PuzzleMe has evolved to become the most powerful puzzles CMS platform anyone can use to create and share word and logic games in any language. Our entire team is passionate about languages, entertainment and education.

Meet Our Founders

Sudheendra Hangal

Co-Founder and CEO

Sudheendra Hangal, Ph.D., is the former associate director of the Mobisocial Lab in Stanford University’s Computer Science Department.

John Temple

Co-Founder and Chairman

John Temple, Former Director, Investigative Reporting Program, UC Berkeley; Former Managing Editor at The Washington Post; and Senior Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

Jaya Hangal

Co-Founder and CTO

Jaya Hangal, a former member of the core Java team at Sun Microsystems and founder of MyFamilyAlley.com.

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