Remind’s Race to Conquer the K-12 Communications Market—and Make Money

The bigger the check, the grander the

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The bigger the check, the grander the expectations. That’s the pressure put on any venture-backed startup—and especially so for Remind, which has raised $59.5 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and Social Capital, two of Silicon Valley’s toniest firms. Since its launch in 2011, the company’s communication app has amassed more than 20 million users—none of whom had to pay a dime. It’s relied on that explosive growth to sidestep questions about its business model. But that’s no longer the case.

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Lightneer, the Finnish learning game studio

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Lightneer, the Finnish learning game studio founded by Rovio alums, has just announced $5 million in seed funding. The company which is leading the charge in fun learning (not an oxymoron!), pairs the fun and engagement level of video games with the work of some of the world’s top scientists from CERN, Helsinki, and Oxford Universities. The company’s games are based on the idea that learning can be fun, and while that sounds like something your second grade teacher would say while pressing you into memorizing the state capitols, the folks at Lightneer have the chops. Founded by Rovio’s lead game designer, Lauri Konttori, its chief marketing officer, Peter Vesterbacka, and Lauri Järvilehto, who has a PhD in theoretical philosophy and worked as the “Fun Learning Expert” for Rovio Ltd., the company is planning on making kids like learning without even knowing they’re doing it. The secret lies in their invisible-learning platform: The game is so much fun that kids don’t even care if they happen to, say, absorb the basics of particle physics while playing.

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Hustle scores $8M to …

No one picks up the phone and everyone gets

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No one picks up the phone and everyone gets too much email. If you want to contact people for fundraising, a political campaign or marketing, texting is the way to go. But a generic mass text is more like spam than a convincing conversation. Hustle lets you personalize every message and turn it into persuasive one-on-one dialogue. Like CRM for SMS, organizers can assign lists of contacts to their reps and field agents, who text them from their own numbers and cajole them to get down with the cause.

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ClassDojo today is announcing that

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