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Kiddom Raises $6.5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Launches Collaborative Education Platform – The Edgelands
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Kiddom Raises $6.5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Launches Collaborative Education Platform

Kiddom’s new platform empowers teachers to have more meaningful
interactions and better insights into student performance

AUSTIN, Texas & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#appSXSWedu
Kiddom, the visual collaborative system for K-12 classrooms,
announced the launch of a new platform and $6.5 million in total
financing led by Khosla Ventures investment partner Keith Rabois, who
holds a seat on the board of directors. Since its inception in 2015, the
Kiddom platform has experienced rapid, organic growth across hundreds of
thousands of classrooms, growing over 30% month-over-month in 2016 and
2017 catalyzed by word-of-mouth teacher referrals. Teacher adoption in
hundreds of schools grew rapidly to 95% on average within six months
after just a few teachers began to use the product in each school.


Kiddom will use the new capital to build additional products and
features to accelerate the company’s vision of building an operating
system for K-12 education. Kiddom is designed as a collaborative
platform to allow teachers and students to work together
effortlessly. The platform provides an easy-to-use dashboard for
teachers to discover content, assess, and analyze student work; and for
students to stay organized, submit work, and get feedback in a timely
manner.

Tanya King, a teacher at Beverly Elementary School near Seattle, WA
notes, “Kiddom is a real paradigm shift for teachers. We evolved from
using an archaic formula to a much more holistic approach that assigns a
grade to homework, test performance, and understanding individual
student needs and achievements. After training our school staff on using
Kiddom, an amazing thing happened; we had more insights about each
student and engaged in deep conversations about how we could help each
other and our students reach their full potential.”

Kiddom 2.0

Encouraged by viral growth, Kiddom enhanced its platform dramatically by
drawing upon field research and feedback from teachers that demonstrated
inadequate tools and ineffective processes were hindering the learning
process. Kiddom 2.0 ameliorates this by providing educators with a
centralized platform to access a variety of dimensions about student
performance required for 21st century teaching and learning. More than
50 features were added to the new Kiddom 2.0, highlights include:

  • Planning: personalized curriculum to meet the changing
    needs of students
  • Reports: visualize progress with beautiful analytics
    that track student performance
  • Student Ownership: empower students with the ability to
    track their own progress
  • Customization: customize content, grading, and
    analytics specific to unique classroom needs
  • Collaboration: amplify information sharing
    amongst teachers, administrators, parents, and the school community
    at-large
  • Beautiful Design: experience a major redesign
    focused on functionality and usability, designed with educator feedback

The proliferation of Chromebooks, iPads, and BYOD (bring your own
device) policies in schools and districts throughout the U.S. has led to
rapid growth in the K-12 Educational Software Market. The Software and
Information Industry Association (SIIA) estimates the current average
U.S. spending on software per student ranges from $150-$200, with a
total market opportunity of $8.38 billion in the U.S.

Kiddom’s Chief Executive Officer Ahsan Rizvi notes that education
software has historically struggled to keep up with the demands of
educators, “To date, educators are constrained by archaic processes that
are ineffective, spending valuable time on manual tasks and clunky
tools. We believe empowering teachers with better tools will serve as
the cornerstone of a better educational system. That’s why we are
building Kiddom, so teachers can do what they do best: connect, inspire,
and help students unlock their full potential.”

Building a community of teachers and seeking their input has led to much
of Kiddom’s success. Abbas Manjee, Chief Academic Officer of Kiddom and
a former NYC K-12 educator himself, left his high school teaching
position to deliver Kiddom’s vision: “As technology gets smarter, the
future will not depend on all students learning how to code or take AP
calculus. Rather, the future will depend on solving complex problems
with empathy and sound decision-making. Technology must ensure educators
can teach the whole child.”

Kiddom 2.0 is available for free for teachers and students and
available for use on the web at www.kiddom.co
and for iOS at the Apple App Store.

ABOUT KIDDOM:

Kiddom is the easiest way to plan, assess, and analyze learning.
Headquartered in San Francisco with an office in New York City, Kiddom
is a team of passionate educators, designers, and developers building
technology to enable all teachers and learners to unlock their full
potential. To learn more, visit www.kiddom.co.

ABOUT KHOSLA VENTURES:

Khosla Ventures provides venture assistance and strategic advice to
entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies. The firm was founded
in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. With over four
billion dollars under management, the firm focuses on a broad range of
areas including consumer, enterprise, education, advertising, financial
services, semiconductors, health, big data, agriculture/food,
sustainable energy and robotics. Khosla Ventures is headquartered in
Menlo Park, Calif.

Contacts

Kiddom
Abbas Manjee, 917-426-5686
Chief Academic Officer
press@kiddom.co

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