ClassDojo is a company on a mission to make parent-teacher conferences obsolete. The application allows for seamless updates from teachers to parents about their children’s’ performance in school. This allows for more frequent reporting than the typical annual meeting with the teachers. This technology has been adapted by over 85,000 schools within the United States. The majority of schools are using it on elementary students.
They had recently reported that they had raised $21 million for improvements in their product. They had received their funding from various venture capital groups that were interested in the profitable potential of the software company. Check angel.co.
The idea of the application is to help parent’s at-home support with their children using feedback from the educators themselves. Teachers can also use the application to create schedules of activities for the parent’s. The teacher may also take snapshots of grades and completed assignments for the parents to see. The teachers are also provided with websites to publicly make announcements and interact with the entire class.
The application has been also been creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools. It has also been creating community unification, allowing schools to be more transparent with the parents. Students, teachers and parents are allowed private messaging just like a social media platform. The teachers will also be able to receive star ratings and feedback, allowing for students to be able to reflect upon the quality of education. It is available to students on multiple platforms including Android and iOS. For more, click on en.wikipedia.org.
Although the application is being thoroughly utilized, the company is not making profit a priority. The company has made a pact with customers to not profit off of the private data, making it a much less profitable venture. The leaders of the company feel that they have a moral obligation to protect the users’ privacy, especially since children are involved.
During the company’s entire life cycle, they have raised over $31 million. General Catalyst, GSV, Reach Capital and SignalFire have been the most prominent contributors. Investor’s of the company sees the company growing to the extent of popular social media companies like Facebook of Instagram.
Class Dojo started as a small startup in San Francisco in 2011. Their very first fundraising attempt netted the small company $1.6 million. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don were the original developers that launched the first beta release. This communication platform had rapidly grown, especially in 2015 when over 35 million students had registered.