ClassDojo, an app which facilitates interaction between parents and teachers, has secured $21 million in series B funding. This represents a major infusion of working capital and will allow the startup to proceed on pace with its strategic roll out.
The app was originally conceived in 2011 as a way to eliminate the need for parent teacher conferences. The idea was to create an interactive environment whereby parents could actively participate in their child’s educational experience, not just on a bi-yearly or monthly basis, but every day of the school year. By keeping parents abreast of their child’s daily assignments, participation and school work, ClassDojo allows parents to proactively take part in their child’s education.
The latest funding round was closed by co-founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don in late 2015. It will be used to continue strategic development. Many new features have been implemented and continued research into new features, driven by user feedback, will be ongoing.
Some of the app’s present capabilities include the instant update and dissemination of class schedules and activities to parents. In addition, teachers can send parents high definition pictures of students’ class work as well as students’ highlights from the school day.
ClassDojo is an increasingly feature-rich, cross-platform app that solves many problems faced by today’s public educators. The app has a built-in translation feature which will automatically convert all teacher communications to the user’s preferred language. It can also be used on practically any device. It automatically sends notifications to parents such as homework assignments, days off, field trips and even videos of a child’s participation in class that day. All this helps encourage students through positive feedback and the setting of clear goals.
ClassDojo is built around a philosophy the founders refer to as “the growth mindset”. This espouses that all children have the capacity to learn, no matter who they are or what their life’s circumstances. This idea is the guiding vision of an app which seeks to instill the love of learning through positive feedback and constructive reinforcement.
The latest series B funding brings the total capital raised to $31 million to date. The founders have settled on taking the app’s future development in the direction of community formation, much in the vein of social networking. Thus far ClassDojo has remained free to all users. In the future, management will look to monetize the app’s user base through offering premium, value added features. Such features may include transaction fees or even directly selling school supplies to parents.
Healthy hair is not something that everyone is born with, but with the right products it is something that most people can have.
Healthy hair does indeed shine with or without the use of product on it. The shaft, or length of the hair will be smooth and soft to the touch. A brush test can help to determine the strength of the hair shaft. If the hair bounces back without breaking it is considered healthy. If the hair breaks it is unhealthy as hair is meant to be elastic. The loss of some hair is natural as people shed old hair to make way for new just like the skin does. If the hair comes out in massive amounts that is not normal and speaking to a family doctor may be needed. Vitamin deficiency is one of the largest culprits of early hair loss.
Oil in the hair may create a love/hate relationship to begin. Too much oil can cause problems from dull, lifeless hair to clogged pores on the scalp. Clogged pores lead to the hair not growing in that spot. As a person ages the skin even on the scalp can dry out quickly and this is when that natural oil will be beneficial. The best way to manage oily hair is in moderation so that some of the oil remains.
Chaz Dean, a leading Hollywood hairstylist, has created Wen hair by Chaz to help people obtain the healthy, beautiful hair that they desire. Most of these products contain a combination of herbs that work together to provide strength and shine.
When it comes to helping hair retain moisture Wen hair by Chaz has a product (http://www.sephora.com/healthy-hair-care-kit-P374589) that is said to accomplish just that. Wen Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment is unlike any at home hot oil treatment on the market at this time. This product works as a leave in conditioner that works like a facial mask, but for the hair. It is filled with the herbal combinations that Wen products are known for to help give hair a strength boost as well as a gorgeous shine.
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The former owners of the Atlanta Hawks, headed by Bruce Levenson, have announced they will soon return to court in a bid to end an insurance claim that dates back to the mutual termination of the contract of Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry. The legal team of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment LLC Bruce Levenson has headed for over a decade have filed court papers explaining comments made by Ferry, who had an $18 million six year contract with the franchise, constituted constructive dismissal and should have resulted in a payout from AIG.
According to ESPN, the arrival of Bruce Levenson in the NBA also saw him take over the Atlanta Thrashers NHL franchise, but this was eventually sold in a bid to focus resources on the more popular and profitable NBA brand. Levenson has always had a keen eye for business and proved this with the success he created from a single oil industry newsletter that morphed into the real time information business that is the Bruce Levenson owned UCG.
Bruce Levenson believes his role as a business leader goes far deeper than simply continuing to find success in the many companies he has founded; Levenson instead looks to develop close community links that have continued throughout his life in his native state of Maryland. Over the course of his career Bruce Levenson has looked to develop greater links to the institutions and groups he enjoys, including his commitment to the arts handled by a close tie in with the Kennedy Center for the Arts.
In recent years, Bruce Levenson and his wife, Karen have looked to develop a more global outlook that is shown through their support of philanthropic causes backed by the University of Maryland in developing countries. Levenson has also looked to battle hatred and bigotry in the U.S. through much of his current work. Read: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html.
For more info, visit brucelevenson.com.
Like most of us I enjoy hearing the personal stories of how and why those involved in not for profit activities began their journey to give back to others. I recently read an interview with Betsy DeVos published by Philanthropy Roundtable that gave me an insight into why she and husband Dick DeVos got involved in education reform, and continue to do so after more than 30 years working towards their goals; I was impressed by the news that the need for education reform was identified by Dick and Betsy DeVos through personal experience of meeting fellow parents struggling to get the best possible education for their children in the most difficult of circumstances. Betsy DeVos reveals a visit to Potter’s Christian School in Michigan was the starting point into education reform activism for the couple as they hoped to help others who did not have the choice of educational opportunities the success of the DeVos family afforded Dick and Betsy. The article was extremely revealing in my view as it provided me with some information about the fact education reform was seen as an extremely difficult aspect of the community that was not understood at the outset of the work of Dick DeVos.
Dick DeVos has been successful in almost every area he has sought to take part in during his business and philanthropic careers. As the President of the AmWay Group for over a decade Dick DeVos led the company on one of its most successful periods of success after Dick took over the company from his father, Richard, another well known philanthropist in the Michigan area I read on the Dick DeVos Wikipedia page. Dick has sought to develop American values that are seen as traditional in the eyes of the public through his role with the Willow Creek Association, which is hoping to make sure the values the U.S. were built upon are not lost in the 21st century. I have been pleased to see education reform and the introduction of charter schools still rates highly on the work of Dick DeVos and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that is still working to improve the lives of people across the U.S.
JustFab is an online subscription fashion store that contains a range of jewelry, handbags, shoes and denim. The company was founded in 2010 by two entrepreneurs, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler. Adam Goldenberg was an entrepreneur at an early age. At the age of 15 he founded his own company Gamers Alliance which he sold to Intermix Media in 1999. Goldenberg then dropped out of high school and joined Intermix Media as the Vice president of Strategic Planning. He became the youngest Chief Operating Officer of the company at the age of 20.
It was while at Intermix Media that Adam Goldenberg met Don Ressler. Don was a specialist in brand building and in 2001 sold his own company FitnessHeaven.com to Intermix Media. The two became friends and teamed up to start their own company Intelligent Beauty when News Corporation acquired Intermix Media in 2005. Mr. Goldenberg served as its Chief Executive officer. He has been the president of Brentwood Cosmetics and Alena LLC since 2004. He was also the head of Performance Marketing Group at Intermix on Recode. His experience of more than five years in product development and internet marketing has made him one of the leaders in the field.
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Half a decade after its founding, JustFab is the leading e-commerce subscription company and boasts of approximately 35 million members all over the world. The company has spread to various countries such as France, Spain, Germany, UK and Canada. Three years after it was founded JustFab’s total funding was $300 million, making it a ‘unicorn’ the name given to companies which have valuations of over a billion dollars. Goldenberg confesses that it has taken JustFab’s employees a lot of dedication to achieve that feat. The aim of the company is to build their brand and ensure their customers are satisfied.
The subscription fee is $39.95(VIP membership) monthly and when members register they are required to complete a survey where they state their fashion tastes on Bloomberg. At the start of each month the member can choose items based on their tastes, seek new options or skip the month at no cost. Goldenberg is convinced that in the next 20 years half of the world’s population will be shopping online so JustFab is focusing on building a great brand. The success of the company so far lies in the seriousness they give on customer feedback. Employees analyze the feedback and adjust accordingly to make the customers happy.
Learn more about Adam Goldenberg: http://www.builtinla.com/2014/01/18/3-la-ceos-you-need-know-now-adam-goldenberg-justfab
There are many aspiring entrepreneurs and business people out there that are looking for the right advice and the methods for success, or at least ways of making it happen quicker. Investing is a field that is becoming filled more each day, as it is capable of making anyone wealthy if it is done properly and safely. David Osio is an advocate for real estate investing, as it is what he became successful and wealthy in, and today he is one of the richest men in South America, still growing his empire to this day. David and his company, Davos Financial, go a long way in helping people with their investing endeavors, especially in property. He is someone who started up with no financial support. He took his determination and persistence to succeed to achieve what he has today. To help others more than was ever available before, David and his company released a new mobile application that helps clients with investing on the go.
David believes investing is actually pretty simple, one of the more difficult aspects is managing money properly or having the money to make the right investments. However, persistence and setting regular goals and always take someone where they want to go in the business. Staying safe and going for non risky investments is also a good method for those who want to stay in the industry long enough to take risky moves, as it is not a good idea to take risks when on loans or the like. The new tool David’s company released has up to date information that clients can use on the fly to see projections on real estate and help them make more informed decisions.
Precise management of finances is a crucial aspect in order to invest properly and continue to grow, and there will always be various opinions on which methods are correct or best at achieving this. The reason David’s company released the app and why David wants people to come to him and his company is because he wants to give everyone the tools to succeed as well as give them the mindset to help others as well.
Learn more: https://about.me/davidosio
Thor Halvorssen is a tireless fighter for human rights. Halvorssen is the president of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF.) The Human Rights Foundation was created in 2005 and in based in New York. The Human Rights Foundation has a dedicated staff of 12 people who search the globe for instances of government tyranny, corruption and oppression.
The goal of the HRF is to shine a spotlight on tyrants who engage in egregious human rights violations to suppress the opinions and basic rights of opposition groups and those people deemed to be dissidents.
Thor Halvorssen is not your typical human rights advocate. Halvorssen has first-hand experience at dealing with authoritarian governments. He was born and raised in the City of Caracas, Venezuela. Halvorssen’s father was incarcerated and tortured in a Venezuelan prison for opposing a corrupt regime.
His mother was shot during an anti Hugo Chavez protest rally. Thor Halvorssen has also personally victimized by authoritarian regimes. In 2010, he was severely beaten by the authorities in Ho Chi Min City after secretly taping an interview with the leader of a banned Buddhist church who spent 28 years under house arrest.
According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen was released after convincing the authorities that he only went into the church because he wanted to convert to Buddhism. Fortunately, Halvorssen’s cameraman was able to get away the the valuable video card of the interview with the Buddhist leader hidden in a very private place.
Thor Halvorssen has a different temperament than most human rights activists. He doesn’t have the gloomy and dour world-weary attitude that is exhibited by many human rights advocates. He is upbeat. Halvorssen loves people. This is especially true when it comes to liberty-loving dissidents who stand up to tyrannic oppression.
Thor Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation have made it their mission to expose despotic rulers around the world. They do not discriminate between political ideologies. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/is-this-the-face-of-a-new-global-human-rights-movement?utm_term=.hu1rbrvoK#.sgLP3Pq98
They will expose tyrants of every kind. Halvorssen and the HRF have succeeded in gaining the release of political prisoners around the world by exposing the behavior of the despotic regimes that held them captive and abused them in violation of their human rights.
The fact is that the public is starting to see the light concerning Gooee Smart Lighting bulbs and systems. A few years ago, people were very reluctant to change to smart light bulbs. Now, the government has stepped in and the day of the incandescent light bulb is slowly ending. Smart lighting bulbs are slowly replacing the out-dated incandescent bulbs in homes across the country. Many people still have questions about smart lighting bulbs price, control, and features. Read on for more information.
Smart Lighting Price
The easiest and most convenient way to get started with smart lighting is by adding smart light bulbs to the home. Certainly, they are a bit pricey, but in the long run the smart bulbs save you more money because they are very energy efficient.
Smart Lighting Controls
The big deal concerning smart lighting is that it is easy to control through a tablet, smart-phone, or network. Controls are available to dim the lights or simply turn them on at a more convenient time. This is something that really gets people excited about smart lighting.
Smart Lighting Features
Certainly, smart lighting has a number of very impressive features to offer the consumer. These are high tech features that are simply not available with incandescent bulbs. For example, it is easy to program the light bulbs to turn on at a specified time. In addition, the bulbs are easy to control remotely. Even turn the lights on, while you are turning into your driveway or still on route to your home.
Over the last few years, medical professionals have become increasingly aware of the devastating effects of sleep apnea. Serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are now being linked to sleep apnea. Finding a direct correlation between sleep apnea and these devastating medical conditions has led to new research, driven by a sense of urgency, to find treatment for sleep apnea.
Realizing that 90% of the people suffering from sleep apnea are never diagnosed with the condition Dr. Avi Weisfogel, a leading expert in sleep disorders, has launched a new effort to arouse awareness 0f this serious condition. Dr. Weisfogel is the founder of Dental Sleep Masters, an organization that has been helping dentists treat patients with sleep disorders since 2014. Dental Sleep Masters has recently announced a new model designed to help primary and secondary care physicians, with the inclusion of certified sleep physicians and their research, that will result in better care for their patients.
Under this new model, dentists can offer physicians clinical support for their patients suffering from sleep apnea. As more is learned about this disorder, treatment will increase in the coming years. There are new devices being developed that will improve the treatment of this debilitating disorder. For example, recently the Food and Drug Administration approved THN Sleep Therapy a new device that will soon begin clinical trials.
There are several new alternative treatments coming soon such as small implantable devices that won’t rely on noisy machinery or an uncomfortable mask making it easier for people to cure their sleep apnea.
Opening his first dental office in Old Bridge, New Jersey in 1999 Dr. Avi Weisfogel received many accolades from the community. He was designated the communities Best Dentist for several years. Dr. Weisfogel holds a BA degree in biology from Rutgers University and received his DDS from the New York University College of Dentistry.
It was during these years Dr. Weisfogel began investigating sleep disorders and studying ways dentists and physicians might be able to help their patients who suffer from a sleep disorder. Dr. Avi Weisfogel uses his extensive knowledge of sleep apnea to help dentists and physicians identify patients who they suspect might have sleep apnea and then advising them to urge these patients to seek treatment.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment (AHBE) LLC recently initiated a comprehensive legal battle involving the New Hampshire Insurance Company. The center of attention in the dispute is Danny Ferry, a former NBA player who managed the Hawks for several years. Of course, the lawsuit that has been filed by the AHBE also involves Bruce Levenson, who was the previous owner of the team.
The AHBE claims that the New Hampshire Insurance Company is guilty of breaching a contract. Additionally, this insurance agency is also accused of ignoring various claims that have been filed by the AHBE. The official lawsuit documents that have been filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County also mention the insurance giant AIG. Most likely, AIG is affiliated with the New Hampshire Insurance Company.
In June 2015, the Atlanta Hawks and Danny Ferry settled on a deal that essentially terminated a previous agreement between the two parties. In 2012, Ferry signed a multi-year contract that was valued at approximately $18 million. However, such a lucrative deal abruptly came to an end when the Hawks were acquired by Tony Ressler. See, http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2015/04/23/bankers-for-levenson-oversold-atlanta-hawks-by-27/.
Since the lawsuit is pending, the current ownership of the Hawks is not too eager to comment on the issue. According to Time.com, it might take a while for the AHBE to get all of the compensation it requests from AIG and its affiliates. The former owners of the Hawks truly believe that they deserve to get plenty of money for violations of contracts and other legal technicalities that will have to be settled in court.
Bruce Levenson is perhaps best known for his role as the former co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. However, he is also a savvy businessman who has thrived in the IT world and other sectors. Additionally, Levenson is a truly generous person who believes in philanthropy. In fact, he’s been one of the biggest donors to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in the nation’s capital. Read more about him on brucelevenson.com.