It is all about determination and innovation; David Zalik

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Today, David Zalik is featured among top billionaires by the Forbes magazine. He was born in Israel and later moved to the US when still young. Soon after completing primary school he enrolled at Auburn University. He never attended high school education. His desire to date college ladies fuelled the entrepreneur skills. When still in university he decided to involve himself in computer assembling business. Business was doing great and soon after he dropped out of school so that he could focus on his business. He established a company by the name MicroTech which he later sold in 1996 and moved to Atlanta.

David Zalik decided to invest his fortune in real estate business. His investment grew and felt the need to explore new ideas. The established a web and mobile-development consulting firm called Outweb. It is out of the consultations with his clients that the idea to start GreenSky Credit was born. Zalik is currently the CEO of GreenSky LLC. The company was established in 2006, and its main operating base is in Atlanta. Recently, the company was listed among the top financial technology company in the US. The company facilitates the issuances of loans to clients through the use of technology. Through their platform, they can sign up merchants/clients and link them to willing banks and other financial institutions for loans.

Today the company has employed around 650 people. Besides the company has facilitated billions of loans. Zalik feels that by 2020 the company will have hit the $20 billion goals. The primary source of income is from originating and loan servicing. In September 2016 Fifth Third Bancorp, a bank in Ohio, partnered with GreenSky and also bought a stake worth $50 million. However, David Zalik still owns more than half of the company. According to him there no plans for floating share for the public. It is the same year that he was awarded the National EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Financial Services. Making it this far has not been an easy journey. David Zalik has attributed his success to hard work, determination, and innovation.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-26/instant-lending-made-this-college-dropout-a-billionaire

ClassDojo: connecting students and teachers

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In the modern classroom of today’s rapidly evolving world, technology is extremely important in many ways. As a teacher, the ability to engage with students in a way that’s natural to them is perhaps the most critical element in allowing pupils to thrive. ClassDojo is an online solution that lets teachers work together with students and parents to enable growth and learning through a communication app. The application allows both students and their guardians to take an active and involved role in the educational process, and ensures reliable contact with each educator. ClassDojo Messages makes it easy for parents and school leaders to keep instant contact with teachers and instructors, without having to fumble with a large number of phone numbers or email addresses. ClassDojo also takes an active role inside the classroom as well, linking learners with class resources such as images and videos. With ClassDojo’s Classroom, students will have the opportunity to interact with their peers as well as their instructors while they are engaging with new material, building important skills by getting feedback from classmates. The School Story, Class Story, and Student Story areas of ClassDojo let every student, parent, and teacher have a part in seeing their student’s growth by sharing pictures and videos for each class and even as an entire school. Being as engaged in a student’s education as possible is the best way to promote their learning and growth, and with ClassDojo every student can get the resources and support that they need.