Strong Series C Funding Sets ClassDojo Up for Continued Success

In an era where technology has become more complex and pervasive in the classroom, ClassDojo’s communication platform seeks to empower those in the education system by streamlining how parents, teachers, and students interact. In 2011, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don founded the company as a platform to help teachers create ground-up change in how they monitor their classrooms. Teachers can reward students for good behavior through a point system, which the company is now famous for.

For pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students, positive reinforcement in the classroom and in the home can help students become more interested in their education and investing in their own futures. Too often, busy parents do not have the time to deeply understand what their children are doing, and ClassDojo’s centralized app has become a key to using technology to resolve these problems. Teachers are given the ability to provide constant feedback for improving the platform, and parents can monitor the subjects that their children are studying at school on a daily basis.

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The barrier to communication between teachers, school officials, students, and parents has been drastically reduced, thereby creating a closer sense of community within the education realm. Last month, the ClassDojo announced that the company’s Series C funding clocked in at $35 million, which, combined with previous rounds of funding, puts the start up’s total funding at more than $65 million.

With ClassDojo’s widespread popularity within the United States and across the globe, this Series C funding comes at a time when ClassDojo is looking to better orient their paid subscription product, Beyond Learning, for better integration with their core platform. At the time of writing, ClassDojo has achieved 95% penetration in United States pre-K through eighth-grade schools and has customers in 180 countries. Of these international markets, ClassDojo’s app has gained traction in Australia, Spain, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates, where more than a quarter of elementary school teachers use the platform regularly. As ClassDojo’s customer base grows, teachers and families will gain more awareness of how to create a positive school culture, which will provide more opportunities for the company to grow its new Beyond Learning product.

Nina Vaca Breaks Through Barriers

Nina Vaca has become a name in the Hispanic community that a lot of women know. She helped make the Pinnacle Group one of the most well-known IT staffing solution companies in her early twenties. This was somewhat unheard of for a Hispanic woman, and it still is rare from someone that works in a male-dominated industry to have this type of success.

What this has ultimately shown is that Nina Vaca is a person that did not take no for an answer. It is certain that there were rejections that may have come in her life as she started moving up the corporate ladder, but she did not let these things hold her back. She would become successful in the business world. Vaca would reach back and make an attempt to help other Hispanic women that were looking for a chance to break barriers as well.

Nina also took the time to become a philanthropist. She would take strides in giving back to different underprivileged communities and minorities that may have been in a disadvantageous position. What Nina has continued to do is put her money where her mouth is. She has invested in communities where others may not have been willing to invest in.

Nina has been able to take her success and become a motivation to others. All of these are things that have helped Nina Vaca bring a better understanding of how you can be successful even when you are not a part of the majority. She stands out from the crowd, and she believes that others will take a chance to do the same thing when they see the success that she has had in the IT world. Vaca started early in her career, and she continued until her efforts gave her the rewards she desired.

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David McDonald Top Leader of OSI Group

David McDonald was raised on a farm in Iowa. It was no surprise when he went on to pursue a degree in animal science. As an alumnus from Iowa State University, David McDonald remains active with the school. He contributes to the scholarship fund and helps the students by being involved in making internships available to them at OSI Group. David McDonald has been awarded for his work in the alumni association and also for his philanthropic work.

Working at OSI as a project manager was David McDonald’s first job after graduating from Iowa State University. He is the company’s current president and chief operating officer. OSI Group is a meat processing company based in Illinois. When the business first opened, they were a butcher shop then it grew to become supplier to McDonald’s restaurants. Within the last twenty years the company has expanded into the large international corporation it is today. In 2016 it earned a ranking of 58 on Forbes list as being among the largest privately owned U.S. company. Their products include bacon, fish, and other meats. The company has operations in seventeen countries with around sixty-five processing facilities. They supply to restaurants domestically and overseas including Subway and Starbucks in China.

His experience and knowledge has led him to play a key role in the company’s expansion to China. The company has acquired Baho Foods and Creative Foods Europe which help them with growing in the European market. The company has also expanded into other foods and do not only focus on the meat products that started the company. OSI Group has partnered with Nation Pizza and Foods in the domestic market. They are expanding to include frozen entrées and even tofu products. By acquiring other companies and by partnerships the company continues to grow both domestically and overseas. The company also cares about the environment. Their facilities adhere to environmental standards and are certified by LEED, they are energy efficient and meet green standards. David McDonald’s leadership will definitely help the company continue to grow. The company attributes their success to continuously making improvements and anticipating consumer needs and staying ahead of their competition.

OSI Group One Century Old

Currently one of the major food producers and distributors in the world is a company called OSI Group. They are located in 17 countries and have 65 facilities in all. They employ upwards of 20,000 employees. The company started out as a small meat market in the west side of Chicago in 1909. The business grew and was then relocated to Maywood Chicago after World War II. The business was afterwards renamed to Otto and Son’s in 1928. In the middle of the 1950’s Otto and Son’s began providing meat to the growing franchise named McDonald’s. They soon were providing most of it and this lead to the expansion of the company.

Eventually in 1975 Otto and Son’s became OSI Group. When food is frozen with liquid nitrogen the process is called flash freezing. The company began to use this innovation. The process allowed food to be frozen quickly and thus helped to allow the vast network of transporting frozen food to take place late in the 1960’s. Sheldon Lavin became a partner of the company in 1975. He became CEO of OSI Group in the early 1980’s. Afterwards the company continued to expand and began to do business not just with McDonald’s but with other companies in the industry as well. Today OSI Group does a bit over six billion dollars a year in business.

The company is now selling items called value added protein products. Pizza and sausage and hamburgers are examples of these. They also sell non meat products. The company has many locations around the world today. Europe,China,japan and India are some of these locations. The company entered into a venture with a company called OJC foods in China to sell specialty dough products. They also went into a poultry venture with DoYoo Group and the OSI Henan processing plant. This plant is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design facility or (LEED). Growth has also taken place in Europe. From a small meat market in the west side of Chicago in 1909 to a major world player OSI Group now is quite a success story.

The Career of Dr. Sameer Jejurikar

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar has built an impressive career as a surgeon. Dr. Jejurikar runs his own practice the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. He is an expert in cosmetic surgery in the areas of the face, body and breasts. Dr. Jejurikar alsospecializes in gluteal augmentation surgeries which include the Brazilian Butt Lift. He has become known to many as a patient first surgeon who put the needs of his patient’s first.

Dr. Jejurikar completed his study at the University of Michigan Medical schools, one of the top twenty five schools in the country. He continued his study by completing his residency at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. He has become a major part of the Dallas, Texas community. While working in Dallas, Dr. Jejurikar has worked at several area hospitals which include Forrest Park Medical Center, Baylor Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

For more than two decades Dr. Jejurikar has worked to help others. He has had a partnership with the non-profit organization Smile Bangladesh. Dr. Jejurikar has made more than twenty medical mission trips to help young people with deformities. These are people that otherwise would be unable to get this kind of medical treatment. Dr. Jejurikar considers it a privilege to be able to help these people.

Dr. Jejurikar has been recognized for his work on many occasions. In 2012 Dr. Jejurikar was recognized for his work by receiving the Compassionate Doctor Certification. This award recognizes the number of positive reviews he receives from patients. He has also been honored by being added to The Registry of Business Excellence, an exclusive honor. Dr. Jejurikar has also had his work published in major medical journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.