ClassDojo reinvention to provide better and Quality services win them the Fast Company Innovation by designs awards


Being nominated is a feat in itself, winning it is a whole new ballgame for startups. Classdojo was among the 1700 companies nominated for the award. Its innovative and community-driven approach in their service offering gave them an edge in emerging winners of this coveted award. ClassDojo is a smartphone application that was developed by San Francisco Start Company with the aim of making the collaboration of parents, teacher and student better. The app allows parents to freely communicate with teachers and discuss the kid’s performance throughout the year.

The application was developed to replace the analog methods used by both the teachers and parents to pass the information, which was mainly done through parent teachers meeting. The app is looking forward to ensuring that the relationship between educators and parents is better than it is now. This is expected to have an effect on the kid’s performance.

Parent with the ClassDojo application installed in their devices will also be able to check on their kid’s performance in class work and co-curricular activities. They will know what books the kids need and which areas they should improve on i.e. teachers will post the student’s weaknesses on the student’s profile where the parent will log into and find all the information they need to know about their kids. The application is also expected to pave the way for mobile payments and replace the tradition methods used to make payments for school fees and pay for school trips among other payments that may be needed.

When Class Dojo Company was first founded i.e. in the year 2011, the primary goal was to provide a platform, which will revolutionize how lots activities relating to education was carried out. They offered grade books and a platform for examination. All these didn’t lead to the success of the company since the startup has not made a dime yet and this has made the directors of the company to change the product there are offering so as to gain profit and get a lot of people seeking their services.

ClassDojo has raised $21 million for app development and marketing to ensure that the ClassDojo app has a wider reach, and it is helpful to students, parents, and teachers. So far, since its launch in the year 2015, the company has reported that teachers in over 85000 schools use the application across the United States. The 25-employee company is currently focusing on making the application reach more teachers and more schools.

The company is expecting to make money off the user’s data and assures to maintain their privacy. Other sources of revenue are selling of customized yearbooks, videos and discussion guides, and syllabus lessons that parents can use with their kids back at home.

Thor Halvorssen is Quickly Becoming the Face of Human Rights Activism

If your said the name Thor Halvorssen a few years ago, not many people would have known who you were talking about but that has changed over the last few years. The 39 year old President and founder of the Human Rights Foundation has made some waves lately. This Venezulan born half Swiss activist has been profiled in Buzzfeed and has appeared on such varying programs as Fox News and in Forbes and the Huffington Post

This hardworking human rights crusaders didn’t just appear from nowhere. Thor Halversson has been working tirelessly to fight for human rights since before he launched the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. He grew up in Venezula under a terrible dictator and experinced many of the same hardships, including long food lines that have plagued poor communist countries for decades. His father was arrested for his political beliefs during this time, and his mother was later shot during an otherwise preaceful protest.

While these experiences fuel his passion for protecting human rights, he does not let these experiences overwhelm him today. Halvorssen has been known to work well into the night, and to get up early in the morning when he is working on a project. According to his peers, he is always working on one project or another, trying to fight for the human rights of all people. He has no plans of stopping until all the tyranical dicatatorships are toppled and all people are able to live freely and without fear.

Part of the reason why Halversson has attracted the attention of so many differnt people is because he is not afraid to cross party lines. He does not necessarily identify as a Republican or a Democratic and is not particularly favorable of some of the policies of the left or the right. It is worth noting that he did donate as much money to Bernie’s campaign as he was allowed, but he has not backed down on canditates from all sides of the politcal spectrum. He also has taken money from both conservative and liberal organizations, but will not allow them to dictate his polices.

Sanjay Shah Supporting Autism Cause through Music

The Autism Rocks Festival, headlined by Tyga and Flo Rida, took place on April 1, 2016, to raise cash for autism awareness and research. Sanjay Shah Denmark, together with his wife Usha are the people behind the charity event that brings in some big names in entertainment to hold concerts for the foundation, Autism Rocks, which is an idea that they brought to life after their son, Nikhil was diagnosed with the developmental condition. According to Sanjay, even with the significant support that special needs people get, it is still vital to highlight the challenges individuals with autism face and to reshape how the society perceives them.

Autism Rocks

Autism Rocks was launched in 2014 when Sanjay Shah was inspired by a visit from Snoop Dogg to use his passion for music for some good in the community. Shah has always been a prolific philanthropist but never paid much attention where the money was going until in 2011 when his son needed behavior analysis therapy, and he took him to Dubai Autism Center but was told his son would have to wait 5 years. He could afford the private therapy, but Shah started thinking about all the families that did not have the means, and that is when he decided there was a need to do more. Through Autism Rocks, Shah has put together concerts in London and Dubai with names like Lenny Kravitz, Michael Bublè, Prince, Joss Stone, and Elvis Costello.

Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah grew up in London where he attended medical school at King’s College but dropped out to become an accountant. He has worked with various financial outfits including Morgan Stanley, Rabobank, Merrill Lynch, ING, and Credit Suisse. In the financial crisis of 2009, Sanjay found himself looking for a job, and that was when he created Solo Capital, a London-based financial services firm. In addition to Solo Capital, Shah is the owner of about three dozen other entities in the UK.

Presently, Shah considers himself semi-retired because he has taken a step back when it comes to the day-to-day activities of Solo Capital. Sanjay and his family moved to Dubai in 2009 because he loved the place and has now set up offices there as well. When in college, Shah used to DJ various events and that is where his enthusiasm for music started. Shah partnered with event’s organizer, Done Events to come up with a jazz-like festival in Dubai called Blended. All the money Shah raises from these concerts ends up at the Autism Research Trust, which supports the Autism Research Center at Cambridge.