Why Investors Are Turning To ClassDojo

ClassDojo continues to win the hearts of investors if the $21 million raised in venture funding is anything to go by. This was during a Series B round of venture funding that was led by General Catalyst. New investors who took part in the funding include Reach Capital, GSV, and SignalFire. They all showed their tremendous support for the San Francisco-based startup that continues to portray enormous potential for growth. ClassDojo, initially used by teachers to reward good behavior, is now a communication platform used to offer a unique connection between teachers, parents, and students. The platform makes use of an app that teachers can use to share memorable photos and videos with parents. The app also allows instant messaging between the teachers and parents in case any important information or announcements need to be passed. ClassDojo co-founders, Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, are enthusiastic about getting to work to grow their team and develop new content and features that will allow the app to do more in serving the users. According to Chaudhary, the app aims at guiding conversations back at home while at the same time offering support to the kids while in school to enhance the learning experience. ClassDojo is striving hard to create a positive culture within the classroom. Teachers make use of ClassDojo to make the planned schedule of activities known to parents on a daily basis. They can also use the app throughout the day to snap and send both photos and videos to showcase the work and activities that the students are undertaking. The founders of the company acknowledge that there were other players in the education tech business when they set out to start their firm. However, they noted that none of the companies offered a free app that was easy to use and that would create a culture as well as a community amongst those involved (teachers, parents, and students). The other companies offered products such as digital curriculums, testing platforms, and grade books. ClassDojo has not yet started making revenue. However, the company did make it clear that the avenues to be used in making revenue would not involve selling any user data. One of the methods mentioned was premium features for which users can pay for. This comes as a huge relief, especially because the data involved relates to children.

 

Read more about ClassDojo:

https://www.youtube.com/user/classdojo

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/classdojo

 


Talk Fusion: Business That is Comfortable

When Talk Fusion first started, quite frankly, people didn’t know what to expect or what it was going to be or how it was going to unfold. Their founder, however, Bob Reina saw it before anyone else did. He had his eye on the prize and saw a world that needed this. Reina saw how the world was evolving, changing, and growing. He knew that this product was going to change the way people do business. That is why it is great when people like him exist, because they are able to have the foresight to see what lies around the corner. They don’t wait for someone else to have the idea. They have the idea and they take it to another level. Bob Reina is a true originator.

They are an all-in-one video marketing solution product. You read that right: all-in-one. You don’t have to buy multiple products or use numerous ones which would be too convoluted. They allow you to have it all at once. As they say, you can have your cake and eat it too. They offer video email and newsletters, live meetings, sign-up forms, and video chat. No matter what you need to make your business grow, chances are they have it and then some. They offer these products to help you and your business. You can conduct business from your home or from the local Starbucks. It is suited to fit your lifestyle. They cater it to make you comfortable while also allowing you the chance to succeed and grow in ways you never thought possible.

Life is all about dreams and making your dreams a reality. You don’t want to be stuck at a dead-end job that you hate. You want to have a business that is something you are passionate about and something you care deeply about, as it needs to mean something to you. When it means something to you, it shows in the final results. It also shows in your happiness level. Nothing is more important than being happy. As they say, when you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life.

Learn more about Bob Reina:

http://blog.talkfusion.com/talk-fusion-gives-back-founder-ceo-bob-reinas-1-million-donation-continues-to-make-headlines/


Crystal Hunt: Daytime Drama to Big Time Premieres

Many daytime drama fans will recognize Crystal Hunt for her former roles in dramas such as Guiding Light, and One Life to Live. She was most famous for her character Lizzy Spualding in Guiding Light.

Her character was such a massive success on Hunt’s part that it earned her an Emmy Nomination. After taking the daytime drama world by storm, Hunt has focused her creative energies most intensely behind the cameras as a film producer. She is currently undertaking the task of Executive Film Producer on the film Talbot County.

However, her producing career has not entirely taken over her shining stardom as she is currently featured POP TV’s Queens of Drama where former daytime drama actresses work together to create a new television show with the hopes of earning a pilot episode.

Besides participating in a major reality television show, Crystal Hunt recently experienced her first major motion picture premier for her appearance in Magic Mike XXL.

Magic Mike XXL may have been her biggest movie, but Hunt appeared in two other films even before her wonderful daytime drama career.

She first appeared in 2005’s Derby Stallion, and then in 2007’s Sidney White as character “Dinky”. The movie may not have been a blockbuster at the box office, but it was certainly a catalyst for an overwhelmingly successful career.

It was after this role, she landed her wildly successful career in daytime dramas which lead to her ultimate success in production, her role in Magic Mike XXL, and her new spot in POP TV’S Queens of Drama.  Highlights of which can be seen on YouTube.  For fans, Crystal has a Facebook page, where she updates, and even communicates with dedicated followers.


District Attorney George Gason is fired upon by former POA leader

The District Attorney for San Francisco has made it his priority to bring to light some of the questionable acts of the San Francisco Police Department. Though George Gascon was the former police chief for the SFPD, he now claims that he is “much more worried today” about the image of the department. However, some of his former colleagues do not believe that Gascon’s intentions are genuine.

Gary Delagnes, a 25 year veteran of the force and also once president of the Police Officer’s Association has this to say in regards to Gascon; “His testimony and public comments now are at odds with how he conducted himself when he served as chief.” Delagnes is one of two officers that can recall an evening in 2010 where Gascon himself was drinking heavily and began recalling his time with the Los Angeles Police Department. He went on to make several disparaging remarks about minorities. He became so animated and loud that a patron asked Chief Gascon to cease his actions as it was offending his family.

Delagnes went on to say that over the course of Chief Gascon’s tenure, from 2009 to 2011 they had many phone conversations, meetings and even personal gatherings where department business was discussed. Delagnes claims that all meetings were very forthright and to the point and in those meeting not once did Chief Gascon speak of any concerns he had in reference to the way the department was ran, including its lack of diversity. Finally, he also claims that no action was taken by Chief Gascon in order to change anything within the department.

Currently, George Gascon has not commented on his former colleagues accusations. The accusations came after Gascon assembled a blue-ribbon panel and his announcement of the filing of a felony and misdemeanor charges against three former and one current deputy for SFPD.
Learn more about George Gascon:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/D-A-Gasc-n-s-divide-with-law-enforcement-6880747.php

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-chief-s-remarks-on-terrorism-anger-Arabs-3195205.php

 


Sam Tabar Is The New Chief Operating Officer for FullCycle Energy

PRNewswire reports that FullCycle Energy Fund has a new Chief Operating Officer and his name is Sam Tabar. Tabar has previous experience overseeing budget strategy for financial institutions and has also worked as an attorney in New York.

LinkedIn tells us Tabar previously held the position of co-head of marketing for Sparx Group, the largest independent fund in Asia-Pacific, where he managed their global marketing effort. Following his role at Sparx, Tabar worked as head of capital strategy for Merrill Lynch (Bank of America) providing services that specifically targeted institutional investors, such as: foundations, endowments, pensions and family offices.

Prior to working in the financial institution, Tabar was practicing law. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University and went on to get his Masters of Law from Columbia Law School, where he also worked as editor of the Columbia Business Law journal. Tabar is still a member of the New York State Bar and has worked for such firms as Schulte, Roth & Zabel and Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate & Flom.

Following his graduation from Columbia Law School, Tabar began working for Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP as an associate. His duties included counseling clients on financial issues. He left Skadden in 2004 to join SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors. Not long after joining Sparx, he was named the managing director & co-head of business development which gave him the experience he needed to later become the director and head of capital strategy for the Asia-Pacific region at Merrill Lynch. He then left Merrill Lynch to once again practice law, this time with the firm Schulte, Roth & Zabel, where he remained until August 2014.

CrunchBase also tells us Tabar has recently been appointed the chief operating officer for FullCycle Energy Fund, whose mission, according to a press release, is to “invest in new and retrofit traditional electric generation plants from high cost, polluting fuels to lower cost and environmentally friendly fuels dribbled from Municipal Solid Waste.”  There’s more about Sam on About.me, where you can find his links and a full bio.


The Legacy of Social Entrepreneur Alexei Beltyukov

Alexei Beltyukov has to be one of the smartest Russian entrepreneurs today. He has interests in some companies with strategic business and national interests within Russia and beyond. Alexei has consequently earned the title of a social entrepreneur due to his role in empowering others.

In 2013 for instance, Alexei registered Endemic Capital, an investment partner that targets startups in Russia. Alexei believes in nurturing business minds and empowering them to implement their unique business ideas. Mr. Beltyukov is also affiliated to A-Ventures, a venture capitalist firm that injects funds to struggling corporations in Russia. In today’s unpredictable economic times, companies are always fighting to stay up, and injection of capital is one of the most efficient ways.

Alexei Beltyukov is also an academic giant having attended the INSEAD School of Business for his MBA. Earlier in his career, Mr. Beltyukov trained as a medical practitioner only to perform a turnaround. He became one of the organizers of the INSEAD Scholarship programs for needy students enrolled at the school. The college’s alumni cite him as one of the most active members over the years.

On the philanthropic fronts, Alexei supports the government in mentoring and helping tech startups in Russia through the Skolkovo Foundation. The Russian government has over the years promoted the integration of innovation and information technology is the economic scope of things. Alexei then realized that to integrate information technology students had to start learning very early in school.

However, a key challenge in the comprehension of mathematics and sciences came forth. This time, Alexei Beltyukov assisted in the formulation of an online learning platform that facilitates better teaching and studying among high school and college students. In his admission, subjects like mathematics need a catalyst, and when the program went online in 2014, it received massive success and application.

The technological change Alexei has brought to the corporate and education sectors in Russian further proves his dedication to the betterment of the society. The Solvy Program now serves millions of school children in an interactive and problem-solving approach. Other companies that owe their success to Alexei Beltyukov’s input include New Gas Technologies and Solvy.

Alexei inspires innovation and real statesmanship. If we can all use our resources to solve the problems and challenges affecting our communities, then the world would be a beautiful place. All in all, Mr. Beltyukov’s legacy is cemented on LinkedIn.


Kevin Seawright the East Coast Savior

Each and every organization needs a dynamic leader. Such a leader can foresee events even before they occur. Prophetic leadership is something that is unique, and only a few talented leaders have such an ability. Prophetic leaders are sometimes ignored but when they predict the occurrence of one extraordinary moment after another with rare success when they speak they are bound to be listened to. It’s very hard to predict money market or financial strains, but some leaders are gurus in this field. As a result, such leaders are revered and held in esteem in their organizations. Each team works hard to have such a leader in their books.

Kevin Seawright is an example of a leader explained above. His charisma and dynamism is key to the way his organization is run. He is a financial and administration giant who is famous for sound operations strategies which are admired by friends and foes in equal awe. His vision and strategy in the industry have been key to the trajectory that has seen his organization achieve its business goals as well as acquiring new opportunities and niches. He has been in the forefront in the betterment of the lives and living standards of the people of the East Coast for over thirteen years that he has worked.

Vizualize tells us Kevin Seawright is currently the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Newark Developmental Corporation. In his career, Kevin Seawright he has been responsible for various changes in business strategies that have seen the creation of responsive accounting and finance divisions deliver consistently by aligning the organization’s goals and strategies to the change of technology. His research has helped many corporations transform their performance through his proposed corporate planning processes. These strategies have worked across the board for the organizations which are mostly boards of contractors and subcontractors in the mid-Atlantic region. His work has been responsible for the surge of revenue profits by up to 25% on the trade that takes place. This is very commendable for the strategic genius.

Kevin Seawright is not only responsible for the increase in the revenues of the organizations only. He has been in the forefront of coming up with compensation packages that are fantastic and helpful to organizations. As a result, the Human resource of many organization in the Mid-Atlantic is standard. The news may seem so much for one person, but it’s true he has been that helpful to the population of the East Coast.  In fact, his interview with LocalTalkNews really shed some light on how much he has done, but really what Kevin is committed to doing in the future.


Police Chief George Gascon Accused of Demeaning Minorities

As a police chief, George Gascon; the crusading District Attorney of San Francisco was really close with the police union that he now criticizes as being an obstructionist. Gascon was largely never concerned about the diversity in the police department and he even made some racially disparaging statements during a night out with the union leaders.

Those are just some of the allegations in a declaration that was tabled by Gary Delagnes, who is the former chief of the association of police officers. Delagnes submitted the sworn declaration to a blue-ribbon task force that had been setup by George Gascon to investigate allegations of homophobia and racism within the department.

Delagnes submitted the declaration eight days after Gascon appeared before the panel. Delagnes spent over two decades in the force and was also the POA president for a period of almost a decade before he retired back in 2013. Delagnes was well known for his verbal punches, and through his declaration he saves haymaker.

He narrates a dinner in 2010 with Gascon, Martin Halloran, who is the current POA President, and another representative of the union in Cambridge, Mass. The group had attended a leadership forum for the police union that had been organized by the Harvard Law School. Delagnes said that as they were having dinner, Chief Gascon began reminiscing on his time at the LA Police Department and started making various statements that vilified the minorities. Delagnes added that Gascon started to become loud and vigorous that a patron of African descent approached him and requested him to be calm as his remarks were offending his family.

During an interview, Halloran supported Delagnes account. However, Delagnes does not provide specifics and so does Halloran. Halloran said that the declaration does speak for itself. Delagnes told the interviewers that he will testify in deep details about the details when called as a witness by the blue-ribbon panel setup by Gascon.

The spokesman of the office of the district attorney did not respond directly to Delagnes’s charge or other allegations in the document when he was provided with a copy of the declaration. Bastian only said that what Delagnes lacks in integrity, he compensates for it in imagination.

More information for George Gascon:

 


Call Handy To Keep Your House Clean

It is good to do a good house cleaning at least once a year. It can be a task that is difficult, but it is something that can help a home, and also a good home cleaning can be good for home owners as well. When a house is clean, then the members of the house can feel like they are organized and ready to take on the world. A clean home is something that many people want, but at times it can be something that is difficult to do.

In order for a family to do a good spring cleaning, it is a good for them to have a set schedule and a list of things that they want to clean. As they go down the list they can check off the tasks that they have already done. A good spring cleaning can be done in just a weekend if everyone is willing to help out and to cooperate.

Handy is a company that offers home services for busy people. There are many tasks around the home such as cleaning that people just are not able to do on their own. There are also individuals that lead very hectic lives, and because of that they want to be able to hire professionals that can come out and clean their homes without any hassle. Handy offers individuals the opportunity to be matched up with high quality professionals that can help them with their cleaning and home service needs in a simple and effective manner.

When a person goes on to Handy.com, they will be surprised by the simplicity of the website. All that they have to do is put in their information, and they will be paired with an individual that can offer them the services that they are looking for. The entire process only takes 60 seconds. Handy is truly a company that was made with the busy individual in mind.

Additional Links:

Handy raises $50 million months after rival shuts down

Handy Raises $50M Led By Fidelity, Reportedly At $500M Valuation, To Clean Up In Home Services


Brad Reifler Offers A Good Strategy For Investing

No one wants to lose money intended for long term savings. Yet, people make troubling decisions that lead to losses. Putting money into high-risk endeavors definitely increases the chances of losing out, but even moderately risky investment vehicles come with the potential to lose funds. Brad Reifler learned this the hard way when money put into an incredibly important investment fund intended for his daughters’ college tuition. The fund decreased in value. Reifler did allow this disaster to guide his attitude towards better investing. In an interesting Reuters article, Reifler provides five excellent tips to those wondering about safe ways to invest.

Reifler absolutely knows a lot about investing. He is involved with finances and investments for a living. Reifler is the CEO of Forefront Capital Advisors and, in addition to helping his clients, Reifler works hard at various philanthropic endeavors, all listed on about.me. A new partnership with Easter Seals is one example of his commitment to assisting others. In a way, the Reuters article shows how Reifler seeks to be so helpful.

The advice Reifler provides is nothing over the top or mysterious. He suggests diversifying one’s assets and to avoid attempts at putting funds into very risky endeavors. He advises investors to think about their goals and always check into the background of any professional seeking to invest funds on behalf of clients. In general, his advice seeks to keep people on a more conservative, long-term investing path. This way, money grows steadily over time without much of a risk of losses.

Reifler points out the 99% of investors who are not wealthy have to be careful how they put their money to work. Being careful with one’s money is always a good strategy.