Sam Chaudhary is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at ClassDojo. Since founding, the San Francisco-based company has raised $66.1 million from investors including Y Combinator, Shasta Ventures, General Catalyst, Signalfire and GSV Capital. Impressively, ClassDojo’s team has been able to manage that cash conservatively, by keeping the team small: the company reaches its global audience of more than 40 million students, with just 45 employees. Notably, growth to date has continued to be 100% through word-of-mouth from delighted teachers, children and families who tell others about ClassDojo; the company has not spent a dollar on paid acquisition.
ClassDojo started out as a communication app for teachers, children and families. They use it to build a classroom community, sharing pictures, videos, messages and moments through the school day. Forbes recognized ClassDojo as one of the “100 Most Promising Companies in the United States”, and Fast Company included the company on its “10 Most Innovative Education Companies in the World” list.