ClassDojo, a smartphone app designed to keep parents connected to their children’s classrooms, recently secured $21 million in additional funding. The company, cofounded by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, closed their Series B round of venture funding in late 2015. Planning to use the funding to expand their design team, Chaudhary and Don also hope to bring new features to further help parents stay involved in their child’s education.
Currently, ClassDojo is backed by a variety of leading investors. The startup is supported by Imagine K12, now a part of Y Combinator, as a graduate of the education tech accelerator program. General Catalyst, GSV, SV Angel, SoftTech VC, Shasta Ventures, Reach Capital, SignalFire, and others have also backed the startup.
Founded in 2001, San Francisco-based ClassDojo looked to fill a void by providing a way for educators and parents to quickly communicate and share details of a child’s educational progress. The app, currently in use by an estimated 85,000 schools, allows teachers to publish current schedules including any planned activities. It also allows teachers to share photos or videos of the classroom throughout the day, providing an easy way for parents to monitor participation and recent accomplishments.
The app includes a variety of functions. Private, direct messaging allows teachers and parents to communicate quickly should the need arise. The messaging feature also includes built in translation functions in up to 35 languages, allowing teachers and parents to communicate in a way with which they are most comfortable. Teachers can also send out group announcements to all parents associated with a particular class.
To date, ClassDojo has raised $31 million in venture funding to support the apps ongoing development and distribution. At this time, the startup has not generated any revenue as it focuses on other intrinsic values. The company has voiced its commitment to always remain free for teachers.
The cofounders also stress that there is no intention to profit from user data, understanding the sensitive nature of data surrounding children. Instead, the 25-person startup is looking to develop premium features that parents could access for an additional fee.
Currently, the app can be accessed on Android, iOS and Amazon Kindle devices through their respective app stores, as well as through any desktop computer.