Have you, as a parent, imagined never attending your child’s teacher-parent meeting ever? Well, not because you are a bad parent, but because you don’t have to anymore, simply because the process has been eased. This is what ClassDojo is currently trying to do.
With ClassDojo, a mobile application that enables easy interaction between students, teachers, and parents, guardians will be able to be acquainted with their children’s activities throughout the year, every day. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, the company’s co-founders, have created a series of funding ventures to help develop the application. Series B of the venture just came to a close, with the company collecting over $20 million. Since the funding ventures were initiated, over $30 million has been collected. This money is to be used to make the application friendlier, with the main focus being on improving features that involve the parents.
General Catalyst, GSV, SignalFire, and Reach Capital are some of the companies that invested in the course. With General Catalyst being the biggest investor, its Managing Director, Hemant Taneja, expresses his satisfaction with ClassDojo’s growth. He states that previously, the application was only a tool that helped equip students with good behavioral traits. However, as at now, the application is being used to connect almost everyone concerned directly with the child’s education. This, to him, is a ground-up change.
Founded in 2011, ClassDojo’s main goal was to transform education for each child in the world. The company’s plan was to achieve this through connecting parents, teachers and students, hence creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools. Its co-founders, Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, came up with this idea after noting that educational tech businesses left this niche open.
As a startup, ClassDojo is looking to form multiple partnerships so as to grow. One such partnership is its association with researchers from Stanford University. The partnership was made official early 2016, and it aims at teaching students about the misinterpreted concept of “growth mindset”. To achieve this, ClassDojo, in conjunction with Stanford, has created a series of animated videos in 5 parts. The videos have been made available for free to teachers.