I am part of an elite police force that has the responsibility of getting dangerous fugitives off the street. These are the types of criminals who will stop at nothing to keep their freedom, so if an innocent person gets in their way, they have zero issues making things violent. Before another person was put in harm’s way, my team was called upon to locate this suspect and take them in without anyone getting hurt.
Our suspect was very well-known, in fact, they were making several calls to my captain’s office every week instructing me to meet him personally so we could settle this issue like real men. We would never put our own in danger this way, but we knew we must be rattling his cage if he was so obsessed with me instead of staying out of the spot light.
During my visit to the jail to see if I could get any inmates to help with the investigation, we discovered Securus Technologies was already working on installing the new inmate call monitor system. This software can listen to the inmates on the phone and pick out certain verbiage that we are looking for. We decided to see if the LBS software could locate any conversations concerning our suspect and get him into custody.
Within a few days we hit the jackpot. One inmate was irate that the suspect was out in the open, and he knew the suspect was staying with his family on occasion and didn’t want his big mouth to put his family in trouble too. Not only were we able to get to that location and catch the suspect completely off-guard, no one in the jail even knew we used an inmate and his conversations on the phone to help point us right to the suspect without any incidents.
ClassDojo has become quite a hit in the education arena, a little app that’s done many big things. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don started this app with not a lot of resources at the beginning, but they did have a lot of ideas from teachers on what they would like to see happen with social media and their classrooms. So Chaudhary and Don decided to build an app that would let teachers reward good behavior for their students through a point system, but they soon discovered they could do a lot more than that.
Now ClassDojo has become a full communication platform with a Facebook-like interface and complimentary learning videos that go along with it. Teachers can take photos of students doing activities throughout the day, and parents now have a better idea of what goes on the classroom. It’s opened up more conversations at home between parents and their children, but it’s also allowed teachers to instantly show student progress on a daily basis. Because of the revolutionary way that teachers can show their classrooms to parents, many schools have been able to cut down or eliminate parent-teacher meetings altogether. The app itself needs no administrator permission to download, and its had security features upgraded to protect user privacy.
Chaudhary and Don have saved money for their company by not spending any venture capital on advertising costs, but simply using the old fashioned word-of-mouth marketing. They plan to always keep the app free to download, but they do have some plans to add optional premium content to enhance the user experience with the app. Such content will include some curriculum material and learning tools, and even access to more student growth videos. The app has received over $30 million in venture capital funding, and investors aren’t in any particular hurry to get a return on that investment.
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