ClassDojo Looks to Keep Parents Engaged through their Smartphones

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.

Omar Yunes Recognized As Best Franchisee In The World For 2015

Mexican franchisee, Omar Yunes won the coveted title of best franchisee in the world at the 2015 annual Best Franchise of the World awards. They were hosted in Florence, Italy on December 5th, 2015. Mr. Yunes is a franchisee of the sushi restaurant franchise, Sushi Itto. The Sushi Itto chain specializes in serving a large assortment of creative and unique Japanese sushi rolls in a warm and inviting environment. The restaurant also serves some cooked Japanese foods such as teriyaki chicken and tempura. Omar Yunes was selected the winner from a pool of franchisees that came from over 34 different countries.

Omar Yunes is a franchisee owner of 13 Sushi Itto restaurants in Mexico. He owns and operates Sushi Itto restaurants in three different cities. They are found in the Mexican cities of Veracruz, Puebla and Mexico City. Yunes began as a franchisee at Sushi Itto when he was just 21 years old. His 13 franchises now represent 10% of the total number of franchises that Sushi Itto has.

The response of Omar Yunes when he heard the announcement that he won the award for best franchisee in the world at the Italian event was won of great joy. He said that he was very proud of himself and also of his entire staff that includes over 400 people working in 13 different restaurants across three different cities. Receiving this award would not be possible had it not been for the work of his employees and the support of the brand which has been supportive of his growth Yunes also said.

The panel that gave the award for best franchisee in the world to Omar Yunes looked at the following criteria. It did not look at the impact that the franchisee had on the brand or franchise. Instead it looked at the impact that the franchisee or Omar Yunes in this case had on his employees and his contributions to the business model of the chain. Additional criteria included looking at the fostering of knowledge in the sector, how cost efficient the franchisee was and how profitable the franchisee’s business was.

Open Your Own Home Business, And Have A Glass Of Wine Doing It

Did you ever wish that you could find a decent business to run from your home, so that you didn’t have to punch a time clock or leave your house to do it?

There is a way to do that, and have a party and drink some wine all at the same time.

You can make money with Traveling Vineyard. They will help you every step of the way. They will provide the party invitations, the wines to be tasted, and the snacks that will go with the wines. And most important, they will provide the order forms for you to sell wines to your friends and acquaintances at your wine tasting party.

All of Traveling Vineyard’s wines are of the highest quality, from specially selected chateaux around the world. They are taste-tested by professionals before they are allowed to have the Traveling Vineyard label attached to the bottle.

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The next thing to do is ask one of your friends to host a wine tasting party, and invite more friends. While you are making new contacts and friends, and new customers, your older customers are about ready to re-order their wines, or try new ones. The wine sells itself. Studies indicate that 80% of wine sales are spur of the moment, impulse sales. Think of the possibilities when people are aware that they might want to purchase delicious wines from elite chateaux!

Whether you want to have some fun and make some money, or want a fast-moving, growing home business, contact Traveling Vineyard!

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Views from the Rooms of the Best Hotel in The World owned by Chris Burch

It has only taken Chris Burch four years to do the impossible. No one saw it coming. He’s transformed a deserted island in the middle of nowhere into the best hotel in the world. Again, in just four years. That particular property in Indonesia used to be owned by an American couple.

Introducing the Nahiwatu Resort

The seasoned investor and his partner, James McBride, went ahead and paid an undisclosed amount for the title lease. What’s known, is that the duo has spent over $30M in sprucing up the idyllic island in the middle of nowhere and heaven. Chris Burch confesses it was love at first sight affair when he first gazed upon the palatable beauty of the mystical island. Right there and then, he knew he had to buy it for his daughters and family. That special goes home is called the Nihiwatu, and it comes complete with waterslides, waterfalls, Jacuzzi, spas, nature trails and of course endless beachfront property views for Chris, his family, friends, and their guests.

To win such an auspicious award, the hotel and resort must have put in place all the desirable features, amenities, services and rates for their global clientele? They must have made a grand impression on the judges. Well, the answer is indeed a resounding yes. The Sumba-based resort island comes jam-packed with all the 7-star features and specs that will make your heart do a back flip in excitement. These include:-

Infinity Pools and Private Beach Villas

The entire complex follows a traditional Sumbanese theme. The room has a sophisticated toned down look, and the flowing white curtains blend in lovely with the heated wooden floors. The wooden cottages get made from local wood, and the drapes are also derived from locally assembled raw materials. This is indeed a positive thing as it acts to create employment opportunities to the nearby communities in remote Indonesia.

The beds are positioned to give you a front row uninterrupted view of the sunsets and the sunrises. The rooms come with a panoramic viewing experience, and they are the best retreat for someone who just feels like cutting off from the hectic world even just for a week or so. There’s also a five-star health and wellness facility on the island.   More reading on bjtonline.com

About Chris Burch

The investment portfolio of Christopher Burch would not be complete without mentioning his investment firm, Creative Capital. The company also doubles up as accelerator incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs. The investor has spent the last four decades studying and earning lots of millions from various investments like the one mentioned above, Nahiwatu Island Resort. The resort recently got featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Additional article on fashionista.com.

Read an interesting article here on  http://mashable.com/2013/07/21/christopher-burch-interview/

 

A Quick Glance At The Wessex Institute’s History

The Wessex Institute of Technology is a private research groups that works with both private and public institutions. They are located at the New Forest National Park in the United Kingdom.Their location of New Forest is quite unique for an educational institution. The park was previously used as private hunting grounds for many generations of British royalty. The national park is now enjoyed by attendees and visitors of educational institute.

The Wessex Institute operates many research programs in collaboration with many European Universities. Universita di Siena, Universidad de Granada, University of Castilla-La Mancha, University of the West of England and UNICAMP Brazil are just examples of their international reach.The institute is very well known for their annual conferences. These conferences discuss climate change, technology, sustainable energy and other critical world issues. The conferences are held in several international locations with many of them held in Spain and the United Kingdom.

Chris Burch joins the hospitality industry in big style

It’s all good news as Investor and entrepreneur Chris Burch extends his investment portfolio to the hospitality industry. Mr. Burch recently launched his top-class resort on the remote Indonesian island of Sumba, a move that caught the global entertainment arena with an unexpected surprise.

The resort- named Nihiwatu- has sparkling features and some rare combination of cutting-edge entertainment facilities, making it stand out in the world. It has private villas with plunge pools strategically positioned to allow a rare view over the Nihi each and across the Indian Ocean. Apart from the plunge pools, the resort has numerous large indoor-outdoor entertainment arena attractively decorated with several world class entertainment facilities.

Outdoor entertainments include two, two-story tree houses connected by a bamboo bridge. These tree houses have a bedroom and a bathroom while the main tree house is frankly extended to accommodate a living room and a private infinity pool. Other outdoor entertainment activities include excursion trips to the nearby waterfall. Also, there is a one and a half trip that includes a walk to a blue lagoon where one can jump off the rocks and swim. Guests are also offered horse-riding trips as well as surfing facilities and training.

Indoor entertainment facilities at the Nihiwatu resort include spa treatments- though guests can also opt for beach spa treatment. The facility also avails yoga sessions in their wellness center with qualified trainers available to offer yoga classes.

Chris Burch bought the resort, then named beach hostel, in 2012 and since embarked on renovating the hostel together with his business partner James McBride. Costing approximately $30 million, the resort was opened in 2015, immediately attracting global attention and being rated the best hotel globally in 2016 by the Travel + Leisure.

Burch has named one of the villas ‘Raja Mandaka’ and made it his private home. He has also extended the profit proceeds to help the local community as part of the gain is directed to Sumba Foundation to help develop local community.  For a related article, go straight here.

About Chris Burch

Christopher Burch has invested in a variety of industries with a main interest in the fashion design and technology advancement. He has above 40 years of experience in entrepreneurial and investment industry, having founded several firms in the process, check this on burchcreativecapital.com.  To keep updated with his timeline activities, click on crunchbase.com.

He is the founder and the CEO of the Burch Creative Capital. He also founded luxury fashion brand and Tory Burch company.  To keep updated with his timeline activities, click on crunchbase.com.

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Chris Burch Diversify his Investment Portfolio to Hospitality

Chris Burch is a renowned serial entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded several global brands. A few years ago, Burch and James McBride decided to venture into the hospitality industry and acquired a beach property on the Indonesian island. The two entrepreneurs spent about $30 million to redevelop the property, and was reopened in 2015 as a five star leisure facility called Nihiwatu. In 2016, Nihiwatu was voted as the top resort in the globe by Travel+Leisure.

Chris Burch has been very busy of late, dividing his time between the resort in Indonesia, and the Hamptons in Miami. There are 27 private villas at the resort, including a private home for the entrepreneur. The resort is nicknamed ‘The Edge of Wilderness’ is one of the largest employers on Sumba Island. Burch established Sumba Foundation to support various projects that benefit local community.

Chris Burch Other Investments

Chris Burch ventured into the business world in 1976 while still in college, and they invested $2,000 with his brother Bob to start Eagle’s Eye. Their business was successful and expanded to $165 million and was later acquired by Swire Group. The entrepreneur has invested in a range of local and global real estate ventures in Florida, Nantucket, New York, Palm Beach and Southampton, where he has developed luxury homes.   Additional article on forbes.com.

Chris founded an apparel company, C. Wonder in 2011 and later sold it to Xcel Brands. In mid 2014, he partnered with Ellen DeGeneres and started a lifestyle brand, ED, head over to burchcreativecapital.com.   Towards the end of 2014, Chris launched another venture, Cocoon9 that focused on luxury homes. In addition, the homes had energy saving features, state of the art finishes and design as well as space saving features. Currently, the entrepreneur is engaged in development of other consumer and lifestyle brands including apparel, natural food, home furnishings and technology.  Related article here.

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LORI SENECAL: THE ADVERTISING AND MARKETING GURU

In an article on Salary, the marketing and advertising world would not be complete without the presence of Lori Senecal. This woman is virtually a powerhouse in these fields. Lori Senecal works for Crispin Porter and Bogusky as a Global CEO.

The advertising and marketing guru says that a perfect advert is like having a great sense of style. Her creativity and style have assisted her in climbing the advertising and marketing world. She also points out that a good advertising takes time and creativity.

This means that one has to be patient and perform well in order to make it in the industry. To build her advertising career, Lori Senecal has been able to ensure that she builds her reputation consistently. A good advertising career is built by ensuring that your campaigns pay off and that you work with the right kind of team.

This coupled with supporting partners and clients will ensure that one builds a successful career in the industry. In an article on The Drum, Lori Senecal landed her first customer by her strong personal traits and ever since it has been an uphill task for her. Research has also helped her a lot in her advertising and marketing career.

Other companies that Lori Senecal has worked with:

Lori Senecal is well known in the advertising world and she has been able to work with world renowned companies. Before her present job, she worked for KBS (Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal) as an Executive Chairman. The hard-working advertising executive uses technology to solve business challenges.

More about Lori Senecal:

Lori grew up in Montreal, Canada and she is the last born of four girls. Due to her height while in school, she opted to be the gymnastics coach instead of being just a participant. Lori Senecal was able to do this even during her university education. She attributes this to her success in leading advertising campaigns.

This is because coaching taught her leadership, communication, and motivation and success traits early on in life. Her years as a coach also helped her in believing in herself even before she started her advertising career. Lori attended McGill University where she got her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Finance. She is also fluent in French.

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How Securus Technologies Changed the Way Jails Protect Officers

I can say from experience that working in a jail is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. On any given day, inmates are looking for any opportunity to make a name for themselves at the expense of officers. If we were to put down our guard for a second, inmates could really make a bad situation a life-threatening one.

 

To help make my life safer in the jail, there are several things that we as officers do to combat the efforts of the inmates. The violence escalates when you add drugs and weapons to the mix, and these items are easily accessible to inmates even in jail. Ask any inmate, they will tell you that they can get their hands on drugs and weapons more easily when in jail than on the streets. This is where we focus our efforts each day.

 

My team works the visitors section of the jail each day to make sure tat these people are not trying to bring things into the jail that put us all at risk. Even with a strong police presence, many visitors will risk going to jail themselves in order to supply the inmates with what they need. If an order comes down from high-level gang members, soldiers on the street jump to do whatever is asked of them.

 

Recently, Securus Technologies installed a communication system for the inmates that gives us a deeper ability to monitor calls unlike any time in the past. Now when inmates talk, regardless how they try to disguise the conversation, the LBS software tips us off to something happening. On a number of occasions we discovered who was giving the orders, who was bringing the drugs, and when they were going to make an attempt.

 

Securus Technologies allows our officers in the jail an added layer of protection.

 

Entrepreneur Chris Burch Builds The Best Resort In The World

About Chris Burch

Chris Burch is an entrepreneur who has created brands like C. Wonder and Tory Burch that are recognized around the globe. He recently entered the hospitality industry when he, along with hotelier James McBride, bought a hotel on Sumba, one of the islands that make up Indonesia. The business partners then invested another $30 million into the property and reopened it in 2015. The hotel is now named Nihiwatu and, as a five-star resort, it was named by Travel + Leisure magazine as the best hotel in the entire world.  More of this on bjtonline.com.

When conducting an interview with Business Jet Traveler, Chris Burch made the comment that he built the hotel for his children. He also did it for the community living on Sumba, many of whom work for the hotel and others who profit from the wealthy clientele it attracts. Burch also owns a private residence on the property he named Raja Mendaka. There are another 26 private villas on the property which feature touches such as a butler in every room and spa that was built under a waterfall.

Chris Burch is the Founder of Burch Creative Capital and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. It is through Burch Creative Capital that he has launched a number of his brands that have taken the world by storm. He has built more than 50 companies that offer consumer high-end luxury products and services. As an innovator, Bursch has developed a detailed understanding of consumer behavior and how to provide products that are appealing and fashionable. Check this in this interview with Burch on mashable.com.  He is also an expert at sourcing the materials used in his products, as well as their development. Some of the brands he has launched include ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Pippin, TRADEMARK, and Cocoon9. He is also one of the people behind other brands such as Jawbone, Voss Water, and the luxurious Faena Hotel + Universe which is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Hop over to this important site.

It was in 1976 that Burch started his entrepreneurial career, while he was still a student at Ithaca College. Along with his brother, Bob, that founded Eagle’s Eye Apparel with an initial investment of $2,000. This investment grew into a company that was worth a staggering $165 million when the pair sold it to Swire Group. Chris Burch took his proceeds from the sale and put some of it into Internet Capital Group as one of its earliest investors. This also was a success and paid off when the company achieved its IPO.

Additional article on  http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/christopher-maya-j-christopher-burch-hamptons-house-article