BOSTON, MASS. (PRWEB) February 19, 2015
Fast Company last week announced its annual ranking of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2015, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. Kaymbu was recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education, which also included Google, Revolution Foods and General Assembly.
"It's quite an honor to be included alongside these great companies striving to improve educational outcomes for our children," said Kaymbu Founder and CEO Kin Lo. "More importantly, it's wonderful to see increasing recognition of the importance of deeply engaging families in early childhood learning and development."
Fast Company chose Kaymbu for its work in bridging the gap between school and home. Thanks to messaging tools like Remind and ClassDojo, teachers and parents communicate far more frequently and easily than they did in the days of printed letters lost in the murky depths of student backpacks. Kaymbu, a young startup focused on preschools, stands out from the pack for three reasons. One, it’s visual: Photos and videos documenting classroom work and activities are at the heart of product experience. Two, it’s tech-novice friendly, with preloaded iPads for teachers paired with a simple and welcoming user experience. And three, it’s generating off-the-charts parent engagement, with email open rates fluctuating between 200% and 300%. "Here’s your child saying the alphabet for the first time, here’s your child reading" - those are kinds of email messages that parents open again and again, says CEO Kin Lo, who founded the company after his own daughter started preschool. "We’re not about assessment, we’re not about grades. We’re focused on engagement in a very human way."
Most Innovative Companies is one of Fast Company’s most significant and highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. The magazine’s editors spend months gathering and analyzing data on companies around the globe. The resulting package emphasizes the breadth of companies with progressive, nimble business models, an ethos of sustainability, and a culture of creativity.
"Our goal is to illuminate the state of innovation as it exists right now within the rapidly changing global landscape," said Fast Company editor Robert Safian. "That’s why there are only five repeats on our Top 50 list from the list a year ago. In this economic environment, we all need to continually challenge our assumptions."
Other 2015 honorees are major brands such as Ikea, L’Oréal, and Toyota; rising newcomers like WeWork, American Giant, and Line; creative upstarts like Anki and ColorOfChange.org; data analyzers including Next Big Sound and Mark43; and world- changing biotechnology companies like Gilead Sciences and Omada Health. For the first time, six continents are represented on the list, including Australian startup Catapult; India’s Perfint Healthcare; Rwanda’s Made in Kigali; and Chile’s Algramo. Tech giants Amazon and Twitter failed to earn a spot on this year’s list.
Kaymbu is an iPad-based documentation and media management solution for early education centers to keep teachers, families and administrators better connected with the children they care for and love. The company offers a turnkey solution that includes all software, web services and iPad devices for schools. Teachers use a dedicated app tailored specifically for classroom workflow that allows them to efficiently capture classroom activities for internal documentation and secure communication with families. Located in Cambridge, Mass., Kaymbu was conceived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by parents seeking to harness the power of web and mobile technologies to strengthen relationships between preschool teachers, families and their children.
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