Alan Debonneville co-founded ChildUp in the fall of 2005 and has been since the CEO of the company.
Born in Switzerland in 1981, Alan was still too young to walk when his father John began to teach him the basics of math and language, with remarkable results. By age two, Alan was able to count to 10, to recite the alphabet and to recognize perfectly the corresponding numbers and letters; by age four, he could do basic addition and subtraction; nine years later, in 1994, he won the Swiss Championship of Mathematics & Logic Games.
By the age of five, Alan could read fluently in French, his mother tongue, and began to learn, successively, English, German, Italian, and Spanish. Entering first grade one year earlier than the normal curriculum, Alan remained at the top of his class until he graduated from high school and entered the university.
Two years later, however, Alan decided to put his studies on hold to found an e-commerce business, IGE.com, which became, in a few years, worldwide leader of added services to MMOG players (Massively Multiplayer Online Games). Alan served as IGE’s Chief Operating Officer from IGE’s inception in 2001 until early 2006.
In the fall of 2005, convinced that he owed his school and professional successes to the early education he received at home, Alan decided, with John, to found ChildUp, whose ambition is to help parents raise successful and happy children.