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ClassDojo Is The Solution To The Communication Gap Between Teachers and Parents

When Sam Chaudhary founded ClassDojo, he did not expect it to experience the embracement that it has received. From the very beginning, ClassDojo has attracted the interest and support from investors, teachers and schools. In fact, 2 in 3 schools in the nation utilize this educational app. 90% of the school districts located in over 180 countries also employee the app in their educational programs. Additionally, at the end of the summer last year doing the back-to-school season, more than 500 unique users downloaded the app each day. Acquiring that many downloads each day is record-breaking, beating outs globally popular apps such as Yelp and Tinder.

Chaudhary traveled to California on a tourist visa and conducted interviews in order to determine what teachers considered the worst part of teaching. This continued for 90 days until he returned home and began compiling his research in order to develop a startup company that would improve the level of communication between teachers and parents while creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools. He partnered with his cofounder, Liam Don, and together they developed the perfect solution: ClassDojo.

ClassDojo has attracted a total amount of $31.1 million in funding. At the seed funding stage, ClassDojo was able to raise $1.6 million. During the first round of venture funding it attracted $8.5 million in funding with the remaining $21 million raised during the second round of venture funding to use later. Investors were highly impressed with the quality of the act as well as the power behind its capabilities. Investor were confident in ClassDojo becoming successful, in which case they underestimated just how successful it would be.

ClassDojo is a revolutionary educational communication platform that serves as a ground-up change for most school systems. The problem that most teachers find extremely frustrating is the lack of communication between them and parents, and the lack of involvement of the parents and classroom activities. Without a way to establish a consistent level of communication with the parents and encourage involvement, the success of the students relied on the teachers efforts and abilities alone.

The educational app encourages and empowers teachers, students and parents in various ways. Teachers are able to provide feedback to both the students and the parents about daily classroom activities. Students are able to benefit from their parents involvements and interaction with the teacher. Parents are able to monitor their child’s progress in small increments while remaining informed about their child’s performance in the classroom. By closing the communication gaps and introducing new methods of encouragement, Classdojo has successfully transformed schools into communities that are supportive and well connected.

The Best Resort for Skiing

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is a resort that is located in the Tahoe Valley, a valley that can overlook the Sierra Nevada and has been renowned all over the world for having some of the best ski resorts in the country if not in the entire world. The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is a ski resort that has been open to the public for over 70 years and guarantees one of the best ski experiences. Located in Northern California, this ski resort is also known to be the second largest ski resort that is located in Northern California. With Andy Wirth as the current CEO and the current President of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, there are no limits to the success of this resort in the future.

Andy Wirth is a dedicated businessman who has been on the mission to combine the beauty and the mystery of nature with luxury. With this in mind, Andy Wirth has renovated and invested so much time and effort into the Squaw Valley Ski Resort that it has been growing increasingly in the annual visits as well as the annual revenue that is made. Andy Wirth loves what he does for a living which has been demonstrated countless times to the visitors the meet him and to the employees that work with him to improve the resort.

In recent news at http://squawalpine.com, it has been reported that this ski resort industry has been under stress due to the lack of rainfall and the current strain that has been put on both households as well as businesses. Despite the below average rainfall, Andy Wirth is confident that his ski resort will be able to survive countless winters with the new investments and innovation that he has put towards the ski resort make it not only thrive, but also thrive.

Some of these investments include investments in the snow making industry. This means that no matter how low the snow gets on the resort, Andy Wirth’s backup plan will resort in snow that will always be made available to those that ski at the resort in the winter. In addition to his heavy investments in the snow making industry, Andy Wirth has also stated that he will transfer many of the summer festivals and place them in the winter for more visitors to enjoy. These are just a few of the new innovations that Andy Wirth has come up with.

Adam Goldenberg Has Been a Busy Entrepreneur Since His Teen Years

Adam Goldenberg is a famed entrepreneur from the United States. He’s one of the founders of JustFab, Inc. JustFab’s other founder is Don Ressler. It’s an Internet fashion store that focuses on subscription services. People rely on JustFab for everything from denim and footwear to dresses and jewelry. The company used to be known as “Justfabulous.” It launched back in March of 2010.

Adam Goldenberg created a company of his own when he was merely a teenager. This company was called Gamers Alliance. He was just 15 years in age when this company was established. He had Gamers Alliance for three years. He sold it after that time period to Intermix Media, the firm that ran popular social networking website MySpace. This sale took place in 1999. Goldenberg at that point left his high school studies. He relocated and became part of Intermix Media’s staff on businessoffashion.com. He took a position as the company’s Strategic Planning Vice President. When Goldenberg was 20 years old, he became Chief Operating Officer.

Goldenberg first encountered Ressler while he was working for Intermix Media. Ressler was a brand building expert who had a strong entrepreneurial focus. Intermix Media bought a company from Ressler in 2001. This company was called FitnessHeaven.com. Ressler’s hard work brought in sales of more than $1 billion.

It didn’t take long at all for Adam Goldenberg and Ressler to develop a strong friendship. News Corporation bought Intermix Media. Goldenberg and Ressler took the opportunity to begin a brand new company as a team. They made Intelligent Beauty in 2006. Intelligent Beauty focused on e-commerce brands.

Goldenberg stays busy with JustFab these days. The same goes for Ressler. JustFab has grown significantly over the past several years. The company has more than 35 million subscribers in locations all around the planet. It currently has customers in nations such as the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. There are various other brands that are run by JustFab, too. These brands include ShoeDazzle, Fabletics and FabKids. Fabletics is a popular brand that concentrates on clothing that’s both sporty and athletic. Celebrated Hollywood actress Kate Hudson works with Goldenberg and Ressler on Fabletics. It’s now a big name among individuals who are passionate about high-quality activewear. Source: http://www.crosscut.vc/adam-goldenberg

Goldenberg spends a lot of time working on JustFab and his other projects. When he has a bit of spare time, he likes to be around family. He likes to snowboard, too.

Securus Technologies Condemns Immoral Practices by Global Tel Link

Last fall, I was shocked when a bribery scandal surfaced involving the Mississippi Corrections Commissioner and consultants from Global Tel Link (GTL), an inmate telephone system provider. Further investigation revealed, in addition to corruption, Global Tel Link has repeatedly taken advantage of inmates and their families through fraudulent charges. I find it appalling that an organization serving such a vulnerable population would abuse them in this manner.

Securus Technologies Responds

Apparently, I am not alone in my dismay at GTL’s transgressions. Securus Technologies, a major competitor of Global Tel Link, released the first in a series of press releases designed to shame GTL into behaving with honor and integrity in their shared industry. Richard Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies, reacted with outrage and compared the behavior of Global Tel Link with notorious scandals such as Bernie Madoff and Enron. He continued by calling GTL, “a cancer on our industry.”

I find it refreshing to find a corporation that is unwilling to remain quiet regarding corruption, fraud and abuse in its industry. Securus Technologies provides services to over 2,600 correctional facilities throughout the United States, and it has secured a top-tier Better Business Bureau (BBB) A+ rating. This, combined with more than 600 million dollars in investment in technology and products to include video calling for inmates demonstrates that, even in an industry plagued by scandal, Securus Technologies refuses to violate its clients’ trust.

Securus Video Visitation – Everyday from Securus Technologies on Vimeo.

CCMP Capital Loses The Founder Of The Firm At The Age Of 52

Alexandra La Manna, CCMP Capital spokeswoman, announced the death of the founding partner and chief executive officer at the age of 52 on March 12. The announcement which was made via email did not disclose any other details regarding the death, but the former CEO had resigned last month citing health reasons. Stephen Murray participated in the founding of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital when it spun out from JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2006 to avoid what was an imminent conflict with the clients.

CCMP Capital targets growth-equity investments and middle-market leveraged buyouts where the company recently raised $3.6 billion. On his part, the firm’s chairman Greg Brenneman said that the whole company was grieving and saddened to learn that the founding partner and friend had passed away.

Greg Brenneman who has now assumed all the roles held by Stephen Murray described the former CEO as a terrific investor and dealmaker. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-13/stephen-murray-ex-ccmp-chief-who-helped-build-firm-dies-at-52

The investment strategy of CCMP involves investing $100 million to $500 million of equity per transaction. It targets companies within the areas of health care, consumer products, industrial and energy sectors. Murray started his career journey in 1984 when he was hired as a credit trainee at New York-based Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co.

Mr. Murray rose in ranks to become the vice president of the company according to a bibliography on CCMP website. In 1989, he was assigned the equity and leveraged finance unit at the same company.

What followed was a series of three mergers that made Manufacturers Hanover to become a part of JPMorgan in 2000. The mergers were a sign of progress for Stephen Murray who became the head of the bank’s buyout in 2005.

He then continued leading the firm until 2006 when there was a spin out. Upon leaving JPMorgan, Mr. Murray used his position to raise two crucial deals for the company that were worth multibillion-dollar funds. The latest deal was worth $3.6 billion.

Mr. Stephen Murray was seating in the boards if Crestcom International, Infogroup Inc., LHP Hospital Group, Octagon Credit Investors, and Strong wood Insurance Holdings. Mr. Murray has left his wife and four sons who now resides in Stanford, Connecticut. He was a dedicated giver to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. He has supported colleges such as Columbia Business School and Boston College.

Goettl Air Conditioning is Poised for Long Term Excellence

The end of 2012 marked a low point for Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairman. The company was floundering in a mess of complaints from customers, a threatened lawsuit, and a terrible BBB rating. Nearly 1/3 of the employees had left the company due to the low moral and the ineffectiveness of the management. This company that had weathered 75 years in the business was in a downward spiral.

According to PR Newswire, Ken Goodrich bought Goettl in December of 2012 determined to turn it around. Starting with the management he made major changes. He hired new people for several key positions. The bigger challenge was to alter the company culture and create a higher standard for the work being done. He instituted quality checks and even had the technicians go back over the work done on 300 hundred projects to ensure they met the new higher standard.

18 months later it was clear Goodrich had suceeded with Goettl . Employee moral is up, with technichians receiving prompt feedback from management on each job they complete. New installation procedures are making a difference throughout the company. Management is effective and the service technicians are following a much more rigorous set of standards. This means the work is better, and customers are receiving higher quality service from the technichians.

Goettl Air Conditioning, as it is now called is back on track to serve customers well into the future. Ken Goodrich has pulled the company out of it’s slump and has it pointed in a profitable direction. Sales are up nearly twice what they were before Goodrich purchased the company.

According to their website, Goettl Air Conditioning services units in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. They offer an online chat service where customers can ask questions in addition to their technician services. They even have a blog that addresses common concerns and problems people may face with HVAC units.

Goettl Air Conditioning’s Linkdin page explains that the company is expanding to cover southern California. It also mentions that since 1939 Goettl has serviced HVAC units. That long term commitment to excellence is one of the things that drew Ken Goodrich to the company. He worked on their high quality units with his dad when he was younger. Not many companies have weathered 75 years of ups and down. 2012 appears to have been the end of the hurricane for them. Thanks to Ken Goodrich, Goettl Air Conditioning may make it 75 more years in the Air Conditioning service industry.

Source:

http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127042-goettl-building-off-rock-solid-foundation

http://www.veteransreporternews.com/2016/07/goettl-gives-veteran-cool-independence-day-surprise/