ClassDojo Raises $21 Million To Expand Parent-Teacher Communication Platform

ClassDojo has raised $21 million to expand their app that connects teachers and parents. The ClassDojo app is currently being used in 2 out of 3 schools in the country. The company will use this round of funding to expand their team and develop content for the app that parents can use year round.

According to co-founder Sam Choudhury, the main focus of the app is to guide conversations between parents and teachers. The company is creating a positive culture and creating community between parents, teachers, and students.

The app is being used in 85,000 schools, with most of the teachers in the K-8 grades. The educators use the app to keep parents up to date with the work being done by the student on a daily basis. The app interface is very similar to that of many social media platforms. Teachers are able to post lesson plans, photos, and videos to the app and parents are aware of their child’s progress.

The app is designed to keep the parent involved in the student daily activities so there are no surprises when it comes to parent-teacher conference time.

Going forward, ClassDojo is coming up with ways to monetize the app. There are many ideas they are considering, but one thing the company will never do is try to earn revenue off the user’s data. Currently, the company is considering offering custom made lesson plans as a way to earn revenue.

Many analysts believe the company could also build transactional features into the app. Parents could pay for school supplies or field trips with the app instead of sending a check to school with their child. The future is very bright for ClassDojo.

Founded in 2011, the San Francisco-based company has raised $31 million to date and they continue to gain a larger share of the education market.

Talk Fusion Lands Prestigious Award.

If you haven’t heard of the communications company Talk Fusion then you are definitely in the minority. Talk Fusion was established by CEO Bob Reina in order to help facilitate communication between clients and their customers. Reina has worked tirelessly to create wireless communication software that pushes the limit while encouraging positive growth. Talk Fusion’s Video Chat application, which has been honed over the past few years, finally got some of the recognition that it deserved this past August. On August 15th the revolutionary product was awarded the 2016 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.


The Communications Solutions Award is dealt to products that push the limit for marketing solutions. TMC CEO Rich Tehrani said, “It gives me great pleasure to honor the recipients of the award.” He went on to say that companies like Talk Fusion were “true leaders” within the industry. Tehrani wasn’t being overly kind with his description of Talk Fusion or their Video Chat product, either, as you will soon find out.


The Talk Fusion Video Chat program allows people to communicate face to face. What makes the Video Chat TRULY special is that this face to face chat can happen across platforms for anyone, anywhere, in the world provided they have a data or internet connection. This means that iOS users can communicate directly with PC users and vice versa. The application for something like this is tremendous, especially in the world of marketing where customer service reps will need to interact with their customers.


Reina was notably excited about the award saying, “Our talented IT Team has big plans for the future”. He went on to say that, “They’re dedicated to staying ahead of the curve, and that’s what Talk Fusion is all about.” Reina was backed up by CTO Ryan Page who appears to also have huge aspirations within the Video Chat product, “It’s something that is completely priceless.”


Talk Fusion was established back in 2007 by CEO Bob Reina. Talk Fusion’s focus is on networking customers and clients. Access to the program is currently available on a 30 day free trial basis.

Penelope Kokkinides of InnovaCare Health Shares Some Invaluable Lessons She Has Learnt Over the Years

InnovaCare Health is a managed healthcare service provider in North America. It has an excellent track record in the healthcare field and has always provided high-quality services. InnovaCare’s exceptional performance is largely attributed to its excellent leadership that has continually steered the company in the right direction over the years.

Rick Shinto, CEO

Mr. Rick Shinto is the president and CEO of InnovaCare. He has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and this has proved instrumental in the successful running of InnovaCare. Before joining InnovaCare, Rick Shinto served as the president and CEO of Aventa Inc. He was also Chief Medical Officer of NAMM California and Medical Pathways Management Company. These and other positions he held in various healthcare management companies over the years helped him gain extensive experience in the field. Mr. Rick Shinto has written a number of articles on healthcare management. He holds a medical degree from the State University of New York and an MBA from the University of Redlands.

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Penelope Kokkinides – CAO of InnovaCare

Penelope Kokkinides, CAO

The Chief Administrative Office, Penelope Kokkinides, has more than two decades’ experience in the managed healthcare industry. She rejoined InnovaCare in 2015 after working for Centerlight HealthCare and Touchstone Health among other healthcare institutions in various high-profile positions. While at this, she gained a lot of invaluable experience which makes her well suited for her position at InnovaCare. Penelope attributes her good work to her great team at InnovaCare Health which helps her implement her ideas. She believes that having a good team to work with is critical for the success of any project as there will be goal congruence and synergy among the team members, making achievement of the goal possible.

Penelope takes the time to set her goals and priorities and come up with strategies on how she is going to achieve them. She believes in making the best of every situation, no matter how difficult it may seem. Penelope advises young entrepreneurs to always stay abreast of the industry goings-on and developments as this is crucial for the success of any business. This means reading a lot on the industry and doing a lot of research to learn the business and market trends. Such information can then be used for the business’s advantage. These are some of the things that have made her successful as an entrepreneur.


InnovaCare Health has set the bar high for other players in the healthcare management industry.Its excellent leadership and their winning customer-focused strategies have seen it grow to become one of the leading healthcare management service providers. Patients are always given first priority. InnovaCare Health is committed to providing its clients with consistent and affordable services.

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Levenson and Co. Take Legal Action In Civil Case

Bruce Levenson, the American ex-NBA team owner, notable philanthropist and tech entrepreneur has recently filed a civil action case against the major insurance and investment firm known as AIG. The genesis of the lawsuit can be found in a job separation settlement which was filed by the former general manager of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment group.

According to Mr. Bruce Levenson, who has a background in law and attended Law School, the insurance plan provided by AIG explicitly stated that it covered every single one of the claims which Mr. Ferry was attempting to claim. However, AIG ardently denies this claim, stating that Mr. Ferry’s claims were most certainly not covered in the slightest. After some back and forth, AIG ultimately refused to pay up leaving Levenson and company with no other option than to sue the insurance giant.

Time Magazine wrote given Levenson’s close former ties to the NBA much media attention has been focused on the current owner, Anthony Ressler and his business associates. Ressler and company have public ally stated that since both Ferry and Levenson are no longer tied to the NBA and more specifically the Sea Hawks in particular, in any legally binding or professional capacity, the law suit was a matter entirely exclusive to them. As such, the current Atlanta Sea Hawks administration refuses to publicly comment further upon the affair until it is settled in court. As of yet, the purported size of the settlement as well as the estimated time of the hearings, remains unknown. Mr. Levenson is an active philanthropist, PR Newswire has more details regarding this.


Flavio Maluf: Eucatex Has Big Goals From Green Ideas

While the country continues to make headlines in the current Olympics games in the world, the country has strong ties to companies like Eucatex as one of their success stories. Headed by the founding family of Maluf, the company has struggled through the economic stages of development along with the country to triumph and achievement. While the company continues to utilize the environmentally-friendly wood to develop their products, they are now the monopoly to the textile markets in the country. For the enterprise, they value the expansion to become the leveraged company in the country. For this reason, they have so much to tell the world.

In 1951, the company was founded by the Brazilian family of Maluf. They had the sole idea to protect the future of the world through environmental protection. For this reason, they sought the use of eucalyptus trees. For the company, nothing gives them honor than to protect the ecosystem and set the footprint in carbon. Their attempt to protect the environment was never seen by people until the World Bank noticed them. They were brought to the light through their most innovative elements in the country. For this Brazilian company, the idea to be friendly to the environment was one of their earliest attempts. The company has exported their products to more than 50 countries globally including the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. South American nations have also benefited from the company. The firm has also started working on a new line of production focusing on the manufacture of paint using eco-friendly products. For this reason, they have kept the green root.

When he graduated from the Fundacao Alvaro Pentagon University in Sao Paulo, he started stocking to high-profile business ideas. For more than one year, he studied and worked at the University of New York. He began working in the company at the trade section of Eucatex. Because of his innovative ideas, he went to work at the manufacturing department where everyone recognized his gift. For more than five decades. The descendants of Maluf have headed the company. Thanks to the founding family of Eucatex Group.

The lawsuit that Hawk’s former insurer is facing

Atlanta Hawks is one of the best basketball teams in the country. The company has been in the news from time to time, for other issues besides great performance. The team, which had been acquired by Bruce Levenson, was sold in 2015 ( There was a lot of news surrounding the sale, especially due to the huge profit that he made with the sale. The lawsuit is seen to be a result of some of the issues that might not have been completely settled during the changeover.

The company stated that when the insurer was giving them the policy, they had stated that they would cover issues related to employment practices. These include cover for wrongful termination, discrimination and other issues related to employment law. The prosecution claims that some of the risks that were supposed to be covered are not being adequately covered, hence the suit.

Even though the new team that is currently heading Hawks knows about the lawsuit, they have stated that they do not want to be part of it. In addition to this, they did not feel comfortable disclosing any information concerning the case. The former ownership of the company attached Bruce Levenson to the case. They expect that the case will end on a positive note.

About Bruce Levenson

According to, Bruce is known for his business acumen and the ability to invest in ideas that others may view as odd, and then make huge profits out of it. The sale of the Hawks Company brought him close to a million dollars, which was a huge profit considering how much he had bought it at. He has been investing in companies every since he graduated from college. His first company UGC corporation has grown from nothing to a capital base of billions. He is an excellent businessman and leader, something that his investment portfolio can easily prove.


Eric Lefkofsky: A Man That Seeks Higher Ground

Most people have heard of Groupon, but some may not know that Eric Lefkofsky is one of the founders of the company. There is no doubt that this company was a major cornerstone in Lefkofsky’s life, but there is more to learn about this young entrepreneur.


Groupon’s Success and Lefkofsky


Groupon is considered an e-commerce site, and it is one of the largest of its kind. Google, one of the largest online companies, thought Groupon was so valuable that it sought to purchase the business. Google went as far as offering $6 billion for the company, but Lefkofsky refused the offer. Still, many people thought this offer solidified Groupon as a giant in the e-commerce world.


The company started as something much smaller. All Eric Lefkofsky wanted to do was connect small and big businesses to customers through the internet. The company is now used to help customers grab deals while learning about new services or products. Many small businesses use Groupon to build recognition or gain new loyal customers.


Most people can see why Groupon became one of the fastest growing companies online, since it appealed to both businesses and customers at the same time. Lefkofsky saw this as an opportunity to grow more than he thought imaginable. He invested time and money in this concept because he believed in it, but now Lefkofsky knows that he has good ideas. Groupon proved to be his certificate. This certificate reminded him that he is capable of building a successful business.


Beyond Groupon


This business man loves to try new things. This hunger lives inside of him, which drives him to try bold new businesses. This hunger started as a young man when he got his feet wet in the entrepreneurial industry. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a law degree, yet he decided to start his own business selling t-shirts online. It was clear to Lefkofsky that his life was going to revolve around business. It seems there is something exhilarating about watching a company grow from small beginnings.


This drive was not only used in the business world. Lefkofsky and his wife also started a charity group that he named The Lefkofsky Foundation. The foundation has raised and given away money to more than 50 organizations around the world. The organizations that The Lefkofsky Foundation focuses on deal with children’s education and health. Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz, feel like children are the key to the future. This is the reason why they dedicate themselves to causes that benefit children.


This entrepreneur also started a few more businesses after Groupon’s success. He left that company and started from scratch, even though he is now worth about $1.7 billion. Lefkofsky ( does not need the money, but he is seeking the thrill of starting a business from the ground up. The one that he is concentrating on is called Tempus. This company uses smart big data technology to help doctors analyze and recommend specific treatments to cancer patients. It may not sound like much, but it helps reduce the necessity of excessive appointments, which is important for cancer patients who do not have the energy to travel as they did when they were healthy. Tempus is beloved by many physicians and may revolutionize the industry, just as Groupon revolutionized the e-commerce industry.

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US Money Reserves Wins Award

The US Money Reserve is one of the largest private issuers and distributors of precious metal bullion products in the world. The company is focused on selling bullion products of all precious metals, but particularly focuses on gold, silver, and platinum products. Its customers range from individual investors to collectors of these types of products. The company employs a deep and educated group of people that are well versed in the precious metal industry, which can then provide a customer with the best purchase decision options.

While the company is best known for providing its clients with a different investment option and the ability to quickly and conveniently purchase precious metals, the company is also well known for its creativity when it comes to marketing and advertisement. Earlier this year, the company was award with four different awards from the Videographer Awards, which are presented and appointed by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

The most significant award that the company won was winning the Awards of Excellence award for the TV and Commercial department. The company won the award for its 28-minute television spot, which was called the Testimonial Show. This advertisement and infomercial depicted several loyal customers of the US Money Reserve. One of the people depicted was the famous Nascar driver Richard Petty, who is also a significant investor of gold bullion.

The Award of Excellence is considered to be the top award provided by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. This award is given to special projects that are written and produced by the internal marketing team of a company. Beyond winning this award, the company was also nominated for several other major awards. The company received Honorable Mention for another infomercial that they produced, which was entitled The Pearl Harbor Show.

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals spend a considerable amount of time finding the nominees and winners of the awards. The company typically receives over 2,000 entries from across the world, each of which are reviewed and scrutinized. Typically, the organization looks for a company that has done its best to set the standard for commercial advertisements, which will then act as benchmarks for future ads.

About the Author: Michael Zomber

Michael Zomber has been a collector of arms and armor for four decades. Because of his passion and expertise he has been featured on History Channel’s Tales of the Gun series. His expertise was featured in: Guns of the Famous, Guns of the Orient, Dueling Pistols, Shotguns, Automatic Pistols and Million Dollar Guns. He also happens to be an internationally authority on Japanese samurai swords.

Though he does have an expertise on arms and armor, at the core he is a story teller. He has several writing credits which include over a dozen screen plays and many historical novels. His novels include: Sweet Betsey That’s Me, A Child of the Civil War, Shogun Iemitsu and a popular non-fiction work called Jesus and the Samurai. These are all currently in print and available. His second documentary film called Soul of the Samurai is critically acclaimed. It was also produced alongside his wife Andrea with their company, Renascent Films LLC.

Because of his historian knowledge Zomber is well aware with what happens after armed conflict and in unchanging in his support of NGO who dedicates themselves to foster peace, work with UNICEF, Doctor’s Without Borders, Amnesty International and Global Exchange.

Michael Zomber and his wife have two children, a boy and a girl. They live outside of Philadelphia. He has two bachelor degrees with honor’s; in English Literature and Psychology and also a master’s degree in English Literature from UCLA.

New Zealand’s International Business Tax Landscape

New Zealand is far from a haven for tax evaders


Despite what some people may have seen in the media, New Zealand is exemplary for tax transparency, and ease of doing business in a legal and ethical way.


New Zealand is essentially the gold-standard for tax transparency, for example requiring domestic trustees of foreign trusts to file extensive paperwork to assist in other governments’ requests for information.



An Industry Leader


Perhaps still the only lawyer in New Zealand with expertise in international trust and tax planning is Cone Marshall Limited, headed by Geoffrey Cone, who has been practicing law in New Zealand since 1980. Mr. Cone emphasizes on clients with dealings in Latin America, Italy, Spain, and the rest of the world.


Mr. Cone is known for his enjoyable parties with his wife in faraway places like Uruguay, where they keep a gorgeous rustic minimalist bungalow on the Patagonian steppes, amidst a landscape often visited by Brazilians tourists for its beauty.


Having internationally renowned and respectable lawyers such as Mr. Cone help establish New Zealand as a great place to do business for international companies and trustees.


In this way, New Zealand does not compete with tax havens, but rather, countries like the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Australia, as nations with quality, transparent and well-known international tax law and standards of transparency, making it easy to do business in New Zealand.


One big distinction in planning foreign trusts is that they are not used for tax planning, but for asset protection and succession planning.


New Zealand’s market for this type of planning services has grown recently due to the growingly internationally-recognized environment in New Zealand for being a safe, stable, and high-quality jurisdiction.


New Zealand has enacted over 20 tax information exchange agreements with other nations around the world, and over 39 double tax agreements, all designed to eliminate or shrink tax-related barriers to doing international business while mitigating the risk of tax evasion and fraud.



Trend-Causing Tax Rules from 2006


Much of this new growth stems from slow repercussions after a change in 2006, which meant new rules enacted by Michael Cullen requiring a New Zealand resident trustee of a foreign trust to submit a Foreign Trust Disclosure Form (IR607), along with keeping records of other vital financial information like trust deed.


This helps New Zealand compete in terms of reputation with the other biggest economic regions in the English-speaking world.