The Success of Upwork’s IPO

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Upwork is a company and website that connects freelancers and employers connect to remotely work together. The company came to be in 2014 due to a merger of the companies Elance and oDesk. Since then, it has been one of the best and most reliable way for freelancers to find work and for employers to get in contact with potential employees. Upwork makes its money through a small percentage fee taken from the employer’s and consultant’s transaction. The success of the website has already attracted multiple investors with the company reportidly raising over $100 million since the merger.

In October 2018, Upwork inc. debuted on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker UPWK. The company started with an original estimate of $10 to $12 a share for its 12.5 million available shares but ended up pricing the shares at $15 a share. The company had a surprisingly well first trading day. Upwork can boast 53% gain as the shares opened the day at $23. The price would continue to flucuate throughout the day before settling at the price of $21.18 at the end of the day, still a gain of 41% on the day. The company saw great success, and for good reason. Estimates point to a very large percent of the net job growth over the past decade coming from alternative work and consultant labor. In fact, according to McKinsey Global Institute, the freelance economy could grow to generate around $2.7 trillion annually by 2025. The success of Upwork’s first day on the public market points to good things for them and for the freelancing market in general. It is clear that investors are interested in what Upwork has to offer. This could see to a potential rise in the freelancing and consultant sector. If more companies and investors continure to follow suit there could be some exciting results.

Students Are Communicating Better Than Ever With Class Dojo

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For many years there has been a growing communication problem in the schooling system. Thankfully, Class Dojo and companies like them are creating new ways to build communication for the educational system, especially for children. The early years of a child’s academic career will be the most important in shaping their entire schooling experience. Today, it is well known within the educational community that communication is very important in regards to overall education. Sam and Liam, the founders of Class Dojo, specifically went around asking school staff and various teachers what the worst aspects of their own school community, and it turns out most of them had communication on the list.

It often goes unnoticed, but communication is a very important aspect that can help improve the performance of any student. For young children especially, the interaction with the parents and involvement in their schooling goes a long way in building their confidence and motivation. With Class Dojo, parents are able to stay connected with their children more effectively than ever before. This is because it allows parents to directly contact their child’s teacher at any time and see how they are doing with their classwork. Instead of the parent-teacher conferences that are few and far between, Class Dojo keeps parents and teachers in the loop at all times.

Class Dojo has improved a great deal since it was first released, allowing teachers from classrooms around the world to connect to each other and create a new experience for their students. They can learn about different religions, cultures, and lifestyles all through the power of communication and connectivity. Class Dojo is a very simple program to use and virtually everyone is able to use the program, provided they have a smart device and an internet connection. In less than a decade, more than two-thirds of schools in the United States have adopted the Class Dojo program and it doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon as it spreads to more classrooms around the world.

Find out more about ClassDojo: http://www.businessinsider.com/ed-tech-startup-classdojo-is-going-viral-2016-7