Austhink Software was founded in 2004 by leading critical thinking researcher Dr Tim van Gelder. Its mission is to create the world’s leading software for critical thinking and decision making, in both business and education.
The company’s products developed from Reason!Able, an argument mapping program developed by van Gelder and colleagues at the University of Melbourne. Research proved Reason!Able to be very effective in building students’ critical thinking skills. Austhink Software sought first-round funding in 2005 to support product development and market readiness for Rationale™, based on Reason!Able and designed to accelerate the development of rigorous critical thinking and communication skills in the education sector.