About LalTal

LalTal was formed in the summer of 2020 to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between people who have the knowledge and the people who want that knowledge. We’ve learned a lot since then – most importantly, that learning is hard and that the biggest obstacle standing in the way of learning is showing up to do it in the first place, and continuing to show up, day after day, for a lifetime. That’s why we focus on the behavioral aspects of learning, connecting your daily learning practice to your life goals and keeping those goals constantly in front of you.


To enable unbounded human progress through learning.



To provide a compass for the curious by mapping lifelong learning journeys, enabling personalized learning, and connecting learners with supportive communities.


John Cumbers, PhD

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

Before launching LalTal, John was the founder of SynBioBeta, the premier innovation network for synthetic biology and biotechnology. He helped launch NASA’s synthetic biology program and holds degrees in bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology. Having transitioned from computer science to biology during his academic career, John is passionate about helping people learn in non-traditional ways, getting at the heart of why and how humans learn.

T.J. Kneale

Cofounder and Chief Product Officer

T.J. was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the US Navy before moving into product management of a $6B portfolio of software and avionics for the F-35 program. After leaving the Navy, T.J. was the Head of Moonshot Launch at Alpha, Telefónica’s moonshot factory, where he led a team-building an Artificial Intelligence Tutor. For T.J., LalTal captures all that was great about Alpha’s vision of the future of learning, but in a more human-centered way – connecting humans to do what they do best, teach and learn from each other.

Get started!

You’ll begin with a free, live coaching session to learn a bit more about your needs and ensure LalTal is a good fit for you. If so, we’ll teach you how to use the platform and choose the best coach to empower you on your journey. Then you’ll start your free trial and begin to see the benefit of gradually building a learning habit in just 10 minutes per day.