What We Do

We set babies on a lifelong pathway of language learning, unlocking developmental benefits only available during infancy.
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How We Do It

smallTalk™ is an Ohio-based consumer technology startup that is developing technology licensed from the Baby Brain Optimization Project Research Lab (BBOP Lab) of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.


The smallTalk Egg is the first in our line of BabyTech products that enable infants to engage with foreign language. Our products are designed with patent-pending active learning concepts, using an age- appropriate intentional action from the baby to trigger a reaction from the product – audio of our exclusive content created specifically for babies.


Meet the Team

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Dean Koch

Chief Executive Officer

An experienced startup executive & entrepreneur.

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Dr. Nathalie Maitre

Chief Science Officer

A physician scientist specializing in infant brain development.

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Amy Husted

Chief Commercial Officer

An experienced entrepreneur & product manager in the family technology space.

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Jessica Melton

Digital Marketing & Community Manager

A seasoned marketer & community builder in the startup space.

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