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Why Investors Are Turning To ClassDojo


In a Series B round of venture funding, ClassDojo managed to raise $21 million in capital. The funding is meant for tech that links educators with parents and helps in consistent communication about the development the children are undergoing at school. To date, the company has raised venture funding to the tune of $31 million.


The Series B round was headed by General Catalyst. Among the new investors were Reach Capital, GSV, and SignalFire. ClassDojo graduated from Imagine K12, an education tech accelerator, which is now part of Y Combinator. According to Hemant Taneja, the Managing Director at General Catalyst, ClassDojo started as a tool to help in teaching good behavioral traits and has graduated to a parent, teacher and student collaboration.


The deal between General Catalyst and ClassDojo serves as the only education tech investment from the company to date. Taneja compares the growth of the communication platform to the growth of messaging and other social networks like Snapchat or Instagram. However, the app is built purposefully for education.


In talking about revenue generation by the company, Taneja said that monetization needed to be driven by the needs of the parents and teachers. He does not find it hard for parents to use the app to purchase products such as custom yearbooks, videos, lessons and discussion guides to use at home with their children. The app could also evolve into including features such as paying for lunches, supplies or field trips.


The capital raised is meant to expand the team while also focusing on features and content that is meant to improve the usability of the app. This is according to the co-founders of the San Francisco-based startup, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don. The app is meant to assist parents to direct conversations at home and monitor development and progress in school.


ClassDojo is an education tech company based in San Francisco. The company provides an app that provides a communication platform between teachers, students, and parents. ClassDojo started out as a tool to reward good behavior by awarding points to students who behave well or show a new skill. The tool has grown to become a communication platform.


ClassDojo is becoming more popular in the U.S. as more schools are embracing the technology. The platform has found a home in 2 in 3 schools, from private schools to public schools. The future of the company is bright as more investors come on board to facilitate its growth.

Eva Moskowitz Wins Big For PreK Students

The main purpose of a charter school is to remain independent of public and government ran school systems and Eva Moskowitzs’ Success Academy charter school does just that. The main source of funding for her widely successful group of academies comes from philanthropic work and grant money. Recently, Eva Moskowitz received a $250 thousand dollar grant to use toward the opening of yet another charter school. The grant was awarded for overall broad achievements the teachers and the students have demonstrated throughout the past year. They plan to use the money solely for the children including areas like college preparation and success.


Eva Moskowitz encourages a very unique style of teaching and has a better extracurricular activites than most public schools. She first started the Success Academy for kids who lived in areas of poverty and for people who might not ever get the chance to pursue a higher education. The students she witnessed in the past, were never given the proper tools to excel.

With her Academy, however, she was able to change that. In a recent court ruling in New York City, Eva Moskowitz won a hearing stating that Mayor De Blasio did not have the right to over see the pre-kindergarten classes held at any of the charter schools she owns. The ruling allows for charter schools to maintain control of their own curriculum as long as it falls in the same state learning standards as the rest of the schools. This was a huge win for Moskowitz.

Talos Energy Aiming For Greater Heights

For almost eighty years, Petroleos Mexicanos has been the only company that drilled offshore exploration wells in Mexico. However, that changed in 2015 when the country opened the oil industry to private firms. During that time, Talos Energy LLC, Sierra Oil & Gas, and Premier Oil Plc won the right in the first bid.

This year in May, the three companies started drilling the well at Sureste Basin. It is expected to be completed in three months. The well known as Zama-1 is projected to have a hundred to five hundred million barrels of crude. Talos Energy owning thirty-five percent will be the operator of the offshore well. Premier Oil own twenty-five percent and the exploration is costing them sixteen million dollars. Sierra Oil & Gas has the highest portion with forty percent.

Analysis of the project
An analyst at Edison Investment Research Ltd, Elaine Reynolds, said that Zama being the first well to be drilled by another company other than Pemex is expected to be keenly monitored by the oil and gas industry. Another analyst, Charlie Sharp of the Canaccord Genuity Ltd, noted that the well would be a fascinating exploration in Mexico mainly because of the current situation of the industry.

About Talos Energy
Talos Energy LLC is a Houston-based oil and gas company focusing on exploration and acquisition of oil and gas properties. The firm has fund affiliation with Riverstone Holdings LLC and Apollo Global Management LLC. Talos Energy’s operation is mainly in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast and the firm has employed technicians and management who have spent most of their career in the area. The staff understand the area and know what works best for the company. Talos technology has grown over the years to ensure an increase in exploration and development in the area.

Employees view
Talos’ employees enjoy working with the organization. Michael Harding, the chief accountant, says that Talos is a small company that offers bigger jobs. He says since Talos a private corporation, it is more entrepreneurial. They work hard to increase revenue and at the same time thinking of how to grow it. Another employee says that working at Talos is never dull. Everybody makes a big impact by doing their jobs.

The Success Of Bruce Bent II In Executing Financial Services Patents

Bruce R. Bent II is an entrepreneur and one of the leading experts in the field of cash management, financial and retirement services. He bears more than 25 years of experience in banking, startup oversight, and handling entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently serving as the President, CEO, and Vice Chairman of Double Rock Corporation, a provider of financial management services.

Bruce Bent II attended the Northeastern University and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Philosophy from the institution. Bruce Bent II has also operated as a financial consultant and investor through B2 Consulting. He founded this entity to focus on startups in industries such as healthcare, consumer financing, digital currency, and financial technology. He has worked for Hallmark Investment Series Trust and a number of its subsidiaries.

Bruce Bent II has gained widespread recognition from peers in the financial services for his role in the development of the Reserve Fund, the world’s first money market fund. This fund was first availed to investors who wanted to maintain their money while earning returns based on a low-interest rate. He is also named as an inventor on more than 50 patents in the financial industry. This commercial product, developed in 1971, was acknowledged for its contribution to the financial history of the U.S by the American Museum of Financial History.

As stated on Wikipedia, a money market fund can be described as a mutual fund that aims to generate returns for investors while maintaining a consistent share price of $1 per share. It invests in short-term debt securities that mature in less than 13 months. Such debt securities include commercial papers and U.S Treasury bills. The SEC regulates money market funds, and generally, provides higher returns on investments with a limited risk factor.

As the Vice President of Double Rock Corporation, Bruce Bent II is tasked with the responsibility of serving as the Senior Executive if its wholly-owned affiliates including Access Control Advantage, Landing Rock Group, Island Intellectual Property, and many others. He is also responsible for product innovation, intensive decision-making, and strategic financial planning. Owing to this, Double Rock Corporation expanded to one of the largest private cash management entities, with assets under management valued at more than $130 billion.

Due to his extensive success, Bruce Bent II has been highlighted in the book “Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs” and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

For more information follow Bruce Bent on Twitter.

Developing Cloud-Based Applications with NuoDB

NuoDB is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based database company. It was founded in 2008, and its technology gets utilized by the likes of United Arab Emirates Exchange, Kodiak and Alfa Systems among many others. Initially, the company went by the name Nimbus but rebranded in 2011 to NuoDB. The company provides scale-out simplicity, elasticity, and the availability that applications dependent on the cloud require. It also keeps the transactional durability demanded by the database records. NuoDB’s cloud database ensures that its client’s application logic is straightforward and smart at a manageable cost. It also guarantees that the infrastructure is accessible in time of demand and consequently, ensures their clients stay ahead of the customers’ expectations.

For companies moving an on-premises application to the SQL cloud database or launching a new one, NuoDB guarantees faster deployment of the application by the use of the already existing code. By the utilization of the existing system, time and capital get saved. NuoDB uses the process of dividing data elements into software objects called atoms. It is then built around a distributable cache that employs the use of in-memory caches to support elasticity. Its ability to support multi-version concurrency control resolves the issues of access conflicts. Today, it is among the leading database companies in the United States.

Avaaz Holds on to their Dream of Liberating the World

When Res Publica co-founded Avaaz, they had a goal of making a happy world where tolerance and good governance prevail. Avaaz, founded in 2007, is considered by many as the most influential online activist network in the world. The group promotes global activism, and mainly focuses on issues such as human rights, animal rights, conflict and climate change. What are some of their achievements? How are they liberating the world?
Fight for animal rights
The issue of ivory trade has been a dilemma for a long time. Governments have been working ceaselessly to end the trade. Unfortunately, some of these efforts are pretentious as some of the cartels involved in the trade are within the governments. Other agencies genuinely want to stop the trade, but political sideshows quickly thwart their efforts. Avaaz has been in the forefront to push for the end of the brutal killing of elephants for ivory. They sent a petition to European Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, and all European governments to urge them to close the trade in Europe.
Avaaz has also been pushing petitions aimed at saving Vanquitas. The group has been pushing Mexico to ban the ‘gillnets’ that trap and threaten to end the Vanquitas.
Human rights
The world is still hesitant when it comes to the issue of gay marriages. Some countries are embracing it, but there are other countries where being gay is illegal. Countries like Russia still harbor a lot of hatred for the LGBT community. Avaaz has been fighting against the torture, and crackdown on gay people in Chechnya. They have been conducting online campaigns to ensure the world accepts and respects the gay people.
These are just but a few efforts and achievements by Avaaz. If you visit their site today, you will realize that their determination towards a better world has no limits.

For more information follow Avaaz on Twitter.

Wengie Give Lazy Life Hacks

Wengie is a hugely popular vlogger from Australia. She is followed by millions all over the world. Most of her videos are about easy life hacks or beauty tutorials. She releases videos twice per week usually. In a recent video, she showed her viewers some life hacks for lazy people.


The best hack she offered her audience was creating a makeshift iPad holder for the s side of her night stand. In order to accomplish this, she takes adhesive backed hooks and places them strategically with one facing down and two facing up the length of her iPad. She slides the device into the holders and all she needs to do is sit back and watch until she dozes off.


Some of the other lazy hacks that she featured in her video include using a backward hoody as a popcorn holder, creating an emergency spoon from a yogurt top, putting a photograph of the bottom of the sink over your dishes to hide them, using a hair iron to iron parts of clothing, making a one mug meal with veggies. Some of these hacks are more useful than others but the video is quite entertaining either way. One thing is certain, though, her followers love her videos and are always wondering what new tips and tricks she will have to offer next.

You can find Wengie on Youtube and Instagram. She got her start doing beauty reviews and tutorials for people of Asian decent because she couldn’t find anyone else out there that was representing her demographic. Once she made it big with her beauty videos she moved on to appealing to a broader audience which has worked incredibly well for her over the last several years.

Chris Burch Runs Successful Companies

There are many competitive business markets. In these markets, it takes a special type of executive to run the companies. The executives must have a variety of business qualities that can help in the effort to run a company in a highly competitive market. However, there are a few qualities that executives must have that are more important to the ability to run a successful company than other qualities. One of these qualities is the ability to manage without fear.


In the business world, fear is an emotion that few people will admit but many people have on a daily basis. It is not good for people to admit fear in the business world because fear is looked at as a weakness but fear shows up in many forms regarding executives. A common way that fear shows up in executives is the unwillingness to make bold decisions. It is easy to do what everyone else is doing. However, it takes nerve to go outside the box and try ideas that are not typical.


Trying new ideas or ideas that are out of the box require executives to not let fear keep them from trying the new ideas. Executives can have fear, but the fear cannot control what they do or will not do on a daily basis. There are executives in the fashion industry that make bold decisions frequently.


The fashion industry is an industry where the public likes new and fresh ideas. The fashion industry responds to fashion that is different. Sometimes different will be received well but there are times when different will not be received well, but the executives cannot let fear keep them from trying different things in the fashion industry.


One of the different things that some executives in the fashion industry are doing is using technology with fashion designs. This is a fresh idea that has been used some in the past but is still somewhat new. The use of technology has many benefits for the fashion industry. Also, the use of technology brings technology into an entirely different arena.


Chris Burch is an executive who does not let fear keep him from trying new ideas. He has a willingness to give new ideas a try in any industry. He has started and ran multi million dollar companies in several different industries that include the fashion and technology industries,


Chris Burch is a very smart businessman who understands that being proactive is important to the success of any company. As a result, Chris Burch does not allow fear to control what he will or will not do regarding a company that he manages.

Doug Levitt: A Voice for the Under Represented

Doug Levitt started his career as a foreign correspondent for major American news companies but quickly fell in love with music and decided to come back to the United States. He moved to Nashville and met up with David Henry, where they decided to create the Greyhound Diaries.

They Greyhound Diaries follows Levitt for the past decade where he has traveled over 100,000 miles on Greyhounds, in search of other people’s stories. The reason that he chose Greyhounds as his sounding board is because they represent the poor, people who cannot afford to fly or even drive a vehicle of their own across our country. Another factor that makes it more interesting is that Greyhounds have over thirty-five hundred stops while Southwest boasts a little over two hundred stops. This allowed Levitt to go into regions that are smaller to hear more stories.

Stories that he talks about are lives of other people willing to share their story.Doug  Levitt shares some of his own as well, the biggest one being how these strangers have helped him cope with the loss of his father through suicide. He grew up in Washington, D.C. with his mother being a Council Member for the city. He went to public schools and was in the gospel choir in high school despite the fact that his family is Jewish. He felt guilty about his father’s suicide but cites that it helped persuade him to follow his dream and become an artist.

The art of learning about others and singing in places such as The Kennedy Center and the University of Southern California, and with artist such as Steve Bowman and Craig Wright. He has written a book about his experience and plans to continue what originally started out as a six week journey. Most recently he focused on the elections, taking time to ride the Greyhound and promote voting for the most under represented people in our nation.


White Shark Media Drives Home Conversions

With business owners, there are milestones towards their success. The first thing for online marketers is that they have to build up their platform and then do everything they can to market. The first step is to get traffic to their site. Afterwards, they have to work on getting the conversion. While it is true that a lot of sites depend on a large amount of traffic in order to make the sales, there are actually factors that have an influence on the conversion rate. One of the main factors is the advertising. There is a lot of work that goes into putting together the ad campaign that increases the conversion rate of the site.


While the business owner could take the time to try to get a ad campaign going, he will have a better chance with getting the help of an advertiser. One advertising firm that could help with the ad campaign is White Shark Media. They have a lot of experience and skills when it comes to putting together an ad campaign. One thing that could be said for White Shark Media is that the professionals of this company have used their expertise in order to bring forth greater conversions to businesses.


White Shark Media will not only work on an ad that talks about a specific aspect of their clients business, but they will also include the client on every aspect of the work they are doing. For one thing, clients need to know what is working and what is not so that they will be able to adjust their business practices. One of the inner workings of the business is in the details of everything that is working. White Shark Media understands the strengths of businesses and sees the importance in bringing out the strengths to people so that they will want to do business with the company.


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