ClassDojo Raises Big VC Investment

Parents today can have a much harder time keeping up with their children’s education than ever before. Part of this is because more households today rely on having both parents work, which reduces the amount of time that a parent has to communicate with their child’s teacher and monitor their progress. While finding time to discuss their children’s education can be harder today than ever before, there are some ways that a parent can stay better connected with their children’s teacher.

One of the best ways for a parent to stay connected with their children’s education is through a new application called ClassDojo. ClassDojo is an online application and portal that provides parents, teachers, students, and administrators with the ability to communicate in a more convenient manner than ever before. The application allows a teacher to post as much information about the classroom and educational process as they want. Many teachers use the application to post class schedules, report cards, recent grades and progress reports, and upcoming homework assignments. A teacher to take and post photos of the class, which can then allow the app to work as a virtual yearbook, can also use it.

Parents and students also enjoy the application because it provides for a great form of communication. Parents and students can connect with each other and teachers through either the direct messaging program or through open message boards. This allows for a more efficient way to share information and ideas.

Thus far, the ClassDojo application has been very popular with users and schools. The application today is used in some capacity at over 85,000 different schools across the country. While it has been very popular with schools and all stakeholders involved, it has also caught the eye of investors. ClassDojo recently was able to raise $21 million in venture capital from outside investors. The company will use the capital that they raised to hire new talent, look for more ways to expand and use the application, and to market its use more heavily. Investors are encouraged by the company because of the great service it provides and the incredible market penetration potential that is has.

Flavio Maluf Leads Eucatex to Success


Flavio Maluf is the president and chief executive officer of Eucatex Group. Mr. Maluf was appointed the president of Eucatex Group in 1997. He started working for Eucatex Group (a company that operates in the construction and furniture industry) in 1987 and undertook several responsibilities in the trade and industrial area. His uncle, who was the president at the time noticed that Maluf was skilled and good at what he did. As a result, he invited Flavio to be a member of the executive frame of the company.


Flavio Maluf’s Background


Mr. Maluf is a Brazilian-based businessman and a mechanical engineer. He studied mechanical engineering at Armando AlvaresPenteado Foundation (FAAP). After completing his college studies, Flavio relocated to New York City where he stayed for almost a year. While in New York, Mr. Maluf studied Business Administration at the New York University. He then worked for several firms such as Citigroup before moving back to Brazil.


Mr. Maluf’s Achievements as President of Eucatex Group


As a results driven individual, Flavio has strived to take Eucatex a step ahead. Currently, Eucatex has several plants across Brazil, each performing a specific role.


In 2010, the company opened an industrial plant in Salto, Sao Paulo. The factory is responsible for the manufacture of T-MDF/ HDF (Thin Medium Density Fiberboard and High-Density Fiberboard).


Under Flavio’s leadership, Eucatex has invested in a recycling plant that uses wood residue to generate energy. Besides pieces of wood, the plant recycles building rubble and pallets.




The company’s efforts to reduce pollution and conserve the environment has been acknowledged on several occasions. Today, Eucatex is ISO 14001 certified, a global acknowledgment that a company adheres to the strict standards to promote environmental protection.


Eucatex also holds the FSC Green Label Certificate. The certificate allows products obtained from forest materials to be tracked, from the source to the final consumer. It assures the consumer that the product was produced with raw materials from a controlled origin as per the FSC standards or certified trees. The company has also received various awards and certifications to acknowledge their great work in producing quality products while conserving the environment.  Flavio Maluf is an outspoken leader on Brazil’s economy.  If you’re interested, be sure to see what he has to say about the future of Brazil on Facebook.

Mike Baur’s Swiss Startup Factory Changing Lives

Startup entrepreneurs in Switzerland have more reason to be optimistic. The launch of Swiss Startup Factory, an innovation by Mike Baur presents small businesses with an opportunity to quickly scale the ladder of success. Through this program, young and talented entrepreneurs have access to information and tools they require to overcome all the hurdles that often make businesses to fail. While acknowledging that almost all startup entrepreneurs face similar problems, this comprehensive program already promises real solutions. It has a top execution platform to guide entrepreneurs through dedicated and business-oriented processes. There is no doubt that running a business will be a walk in the park.


Swiss Startup Factory offers a wide variety of solutions. They range from accounting and financial advice to startup acceleration as well as co-working spaces. The best part is that Mike Baur exposes these young entrepreneurs to a large network of investors and other entrepreneurs. This way, business minded individuals will get all the advice that they need to succeed. Clearly, gone are the days when a new entrepreneur had to fumble through procedures that he hardly understands. The fact that one can learn from the experiences of others makes the program even better.


About Mike Baur


The world famous entrepreneur was born in Fribourg, Switzerland. Although he has advanced to do his businesses elsewhere, he confesses that he still connects strongly with his birthplace. His qualities were evident even when he was still a teenager. He was always fascinated with information about banking and finance at a tender age. During his childhood passion into his profession is his biggest achieving. He always tells people how happy he is to work and interact with people who represent his true passions. In one of his recent speeches, he challenged young entrepreneurs to invest in areas that are close to their hearts so as to have the inspiration to get to the top. He is an MBA graduate from the University of Rochester, New York. He also studied Executive MBA at the University of Bern.


From being a commercial apprentice at UBS, Mike Baur made his way up in Swiss Private Banking. About 20 years later, he was an executive board member of one of the largest banks in Switzerland. When he was 39, he embarked on his entrepreneurial journey by founding the Swiss Startup Factory. Currently, this is the highest ranked privately funded startup accelerator in the country. Most of his time is invested in Swiss youth entrepreneurship.


Brian Bonar Success as a Finance Executive

Brian Bonar is a respected and successful finance executive in the world. He is the leader of a company known as Trucept. Brian Bonar has a lot of knowledge in business leadership, and this is why he has done so well in his career. He has worked as a leader in several companies such as Dalrada Financial Corporation.

Brian has always had a special interest in business since childhood. He has always had the ability to build a successful business structure that can work wonders for any organization.

Brian Bonar graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the James Watt Technical College, specializing in Technical Engineering. After several years, he decided to go to the Stanford University where he acquired his Master’s Degree in

 Mechanical Engineering

After completing his education, Brian Bonar was appointed to work at different position in several organizations. He once worked for a company known as IBM as the procurement manager. He also used to work for QMS as the Director of Engineering. At QMS, Brian Bonar was in charge of more than one hundred people. Several years ago, he started his company known as Bezier Systems.

Brian Bonar specializes in acquisitions and mergers. In all his activities, Bonar uses a creative and unique, personable approach. He always combines his skills in engineering and the power of a successful architect, and this makes him one of the most successful individuals in the industry.

At the moment, Bonar is the CEO and chairman of a famous company known as Dalrada Financial Corporation. Under his leadership, the company has been very successful, and it has increased its revenue significantly. Bonar was recently named as Cambridge’s Who is Who Executive of the Year. Bonar was recognized because of his success in the finance world.

Being nominated for the Cambridge Who is Who Executive of the Year is not a walk in the park. Only two males and two females are nominated in each and every category in the various disciplines.

A special selection committee heads the awards that chooses the honorees. The honorees are selected according to their academic qualifications and achievements, professional accomplishments and leadership abilities.

Brian Bonar was given a special honor because of several reasons. He has worked in the management industry for more than thirty years, acquiring a lot of experience in the finance department. His achievements as the CEO of Dalrada Financial Corporation have played a crucial role in the recent awards. He has been in this company for more than ten years, and he is in charge of several activities.

He is in charge of a wide range of employee and employer benefits and the aftermarket products and services. Brian Bonar has introduced programs that increase productivity in the company.

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa: What To Do In Panama

Panama may be best known for a certain style of hat, but there is a good deal more to this South American country than that. Area businessman Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is not just a successful entrepreneur, he is a proud local son with lots of recommendations on activities for visitors to his adopted homeland. Below are some of his suggestions.

1. Panama City
Like many urban centers, Panama’s major city went through its own period of municipal blight on But the city’s rebirth and renovations have resulted in impressive new skyscrapers, increased shopping areas, and an intriguing city nightlife.

2. Camino De Cruces
Originally a cobblestoned road built in 1527 to link Old Panama City with the port town of Venta de Cruces, it is now a hiking trail within Panama’s Soberania National Park. Though sections of it can be rugged walking, Figueroa recommends it for its exotic wildlife viewing opportunities.

3. DiabloRosso
This is a combination gallery/shop/restaurant featuring contemporary art not just from Panamanian artists, but ones from across Latin America and the Caribbean.

4. Canal
Only a twenty minute drive from Panama City, Figueroa says this historic navigation aid is not to be missed, especially at sunrise which offers spectacular photo opportunities.

A native of Venezuela, Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa left his native country in his early twenties due to a economic decline there. While he had never before visited Panama, Figueroa quickly adjusted to its culture, lifestyle, and blossoming business opportunities. Already Internet and technology savvy before becoming established in Panama, Figueroa quickly gained a reputation as being risk taking and innovative in his approach to business. He has held high level positions on within five different companies since coming to Panama, and is widely regarded an a mentor to up and coming young entrepreneurs there. His advice for success within its vibrant climate?

Look for a market niche that you can dominate, and don’t be afraid to network and partner with other new entrepreneurs, sharing not just business opportunities, but also office space and supplies. Mobility and flexibility are important as well, Figueroa also shares, in addition to finding good legal consul. And given the success that he has enjoyed for well over a decade here, young businesspeople would well be advised to take his advice here too, in addition to his recommendations about the many splendors of Panama.

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Michael Zomber Collects Samurai Swords and Antique Guns


There are two things in life that Michael Zomber loves to do more than anything else. He has a passion for collecting guns that are more than 100 years old and swords that were used by ancient samurai warriors. There is no question that these are two very different things to collect. That is not lost on Zomber. He understands that it is very unusual for a person to collect items from two such different periods in history. However, he believes that having two very diverse collections makes life much more interesting for him.


Interestingly, Michael Zomber does not have an educational background in history. Instead, he majored in English and psychology at the University of Illinois. He then went on to UCLA where he graduated with an English literature Master’s degree. Michael started to assemble his weapon collections after finishing his studies. He found that he loved learning the complete history of every weapon he would purchase. He liked knowing who the previous owners were. This information often proved difficult for Michael to track down.


Michael Zomber enjoys doing many other things besides collect guns and swords. He is also a very talented writer who has several of his books still in print. He tried his hand at writing a movie screenplay. This was for a documentary that he would also direct about samurai warriors and the struggles they went through as they served their master. The film received very good reviews upon its release. Michael has said that the experience was so positive that he would like to write and direct another movie in the future.


Michael Zomber buys his samurai swords and antique guns from a number of different sources. He has bought them from major auctions. He has also bought some weapons at conventions and through online classified ads. He said that he prefers to see the weapon with his own eyes and hold it in his hands before buying it.  He recently got a very famous Bowie knife added to his collection as well, and you can see pictures from that acquisition on Michael’s Facebook feed.

Brian Torchin Fills Healthcare Vacancies Fast

Brian Torchin is the man behind HealthCare Recruitment Counselors Staffing. It is an innovative company that will help you fill your healthcare industry staffing needs faster than anything the world has ever seen.

The key to Brian’s success in filling vacancies is the massive, curated database that he has built. It is the largest database of active physicians to ever be assembled.

It can reveal instantly who the qualified positions are that are eligible to fill an opening so that you can get in touch with them right away, and have them working within 48 hours to satisfy your urgent staffing need.

Brian created this company because he saw an urgent need in the healthcare industry. He observed medial offices that remained understaffed for extended periods of time while patients lined up and had to wait excessively long to get proper treatment.

Brian Torchin knew that there had to be a better way and so he dreamed up HCRC Staffing then through the hard work and dedication that allowed him to excel in school and complete his own medical degree he made his company a reality.

 Brian Torchin was born in New York and was educated there. He attended college at the University of Delaware where he specialized in Excercise Science because he knew he wanted to help people to live active and healthy lives. Brian’s curiosity was not yet satisfied so he continued on to get a degree from the New York Chiropractic College where he completed his education in 1995.

Brian Torchin has a voracious appetite for knowledge and a desire to connect with others. That is why it is so easy for him to build the personal relationships that allow him to fill staffing positions.

Brian is also a serial entrepreneur who has set up many medical offices in the Northeastern United States and the state of Florida. He used his knowledge acquired over the years to develop HCRC Staffing which is already the worldwide standard in healthcare staffing problem solutions.

New York Offices For Rent: The Benefits of Shared Office Space

Using a shared office space is a great way to start your own business without breaking the bank or feeling overwhelmed. If you are new to this method of working, here are the benefits of using shared office space as part of your business.

Saves Money: Using a shared office space is an affordable alternative to renting your own space. The membership fee usually includes the amenities and utilities. There are plenty of spaces that offer daily and monthly rates, and you can sign a short-term or long-term contract.

Range of Amenities: The amenities and utilities are included with your shared office space, which is both convenient and affordable for your business. It is easy to maintain your business with the private phone, printers and Internet access in your office space. You also have access to water, a coffee maker and other kitchen utilities that are sure to keep you comfortable as you work.

Build Your Network: It easier to build your network when you are sharing the same office space. You are sharing the space with professionals who are experts in their field, and they may have tips that can help with your own business. The connections you build can help you find a new business partner or job in the future.

Workville is a New York shared office space located on the 21st Floor of 1412 Broadway, which is right near Times Square in New York City. The move-in ready offices allow you to start getting your business off the ground immediately. It is easy to work on important projects with the open desk and comfortable seating arrangements. You can work or take a break in the lounge area, cafe and three outdoor terraces.

Workville offers a range of amenities to make your work day a great experience. Every office includes fast Internet connection, printers and private telephone. You never have to worry about missing that important letter with the on-site mail service. The company also provides fresh coffee and daily cleaning to all members. The 24 hour access is great for breaking the traditional work schedule to meet your deadline.

Using a shared office space is a great way to save money and build your network without worrying about a lock-in contract.  Check them out on Facebook as well, for more information.

Keith Mann Raises Monet For New York Schools

One of the signs of a philanthropist and entrepreneur is his ability and willingness to raise funds for schools. for one thing, there is a need for funding so that schools can provide people will good education. After all, even in the new economy, education is very important to success. If people take the time to study and do the exercises, then they will be more likely to succeed in the field that they are interested in. Keith Mann understands the value of education in the lives of students. Even entrepreneurs can benefit greatly from education. This is why Keith Mann has raised more than $22K for New York Schools.

Keith Mann is especially passionate about helping students in low income situations. Even though they were born in low income environments, they should also be given equal chance in achieving their goals and bringing improvements to their life situations. For one thing, low income students will find it very hard to go to college because of their circumstances. This is one of the reasons that Keith has set up a scholarship for students who show a lot of responsibility and a willingness to pursue their career goals.

Keith Mann also keeps an eye open for aspiring entrepreneurs. They are the ones that show that they are very thoughtful about the future. They want to make sure that they have something reliable built up for the coming year.

A lot of use is being put to the funds that have been raised for schools. For one thing, a new school is opening in Brooklyn which is meant to help people get a higher quality education. Low income students will get education in a way that motivates them. As a result, they will be able to pursue a professional career in some of the highest earning fields.

Fall NYC Real Estate Preview

The New York Real Estate market sure is thriving. Here’s a preview to the top deals this fall.

Midtown East Rezoning: This 57-block Manhattan district is home to old NYC properties. Zoning rules written in 1961 have made new construction impossible.

But this could soon change. The Department of City Planning has set in motion a comprehensive proposal to allow larger and taller NYC properties in this district.

One Vanderbilt: the 1,500-foot-tall building has a total of 1.6 million square feet. But it’s only signed a single tenant. More leases are sure to be signed.

28 Liberty Street and 550 Madison Ave: 28 Liberty Street is a landmark NYC property constructed in 1961. One million of its 2.2 million square feet is available.
550 Madison Ave opened in 1984. It’s now completely vacant. The new owner is Olayan America.

Two World Trade Center: Famed builder Larry Silverstein is hungry to score a tenant after News Corp. and 21st Century Fox recently decided not to go ahead with a nonbinding letter of intent.

The “Marseillaise”: A $200 million sculpture will be unveiled later this month as the focal point of a public plaza at Hudson Yards. This is one of the hottest NYC properties which is to include a Neiman Marcus and a few Thomas Keller restaurants.

Durst’s Harlem: One of the city’s most successful developers, Douglas Durst, is in talks to buy a large development 1800 Park Avenue at 125th Street.

Second Avenue Subway: The city has been waiting for a hundred years for a Second Avenue subway line, and the wait could finally be over. it’s sure to benefit commuters on its path and turn the surrounding area into fantastic NYC properties.

But it’s not so easy to move into these properties. One companies that helps is Town Residential, which focuses on all aspects of high-end new development services, including market research and analysis, pre-development planning, branding, marketing, advertising, along with active sales operations.

Town Residential has a dynamic team, made up of industry leaders with a wealth of collective knowledge, experience and expertise.  Check out which NYC apartments they still have for sale on their official website: