Founding partners Frank Hardart and Robert Flanigan didn’t set out to start a company—they just wanted to give students the best education they could get.
Frank worked at a kid-centered dot-com, Bob was an investment banker, and they both sat on an advisory board for inner-city Catholic schools. Aiming to uplift struggling schools, they noted that while classrooms were equipped with expensive technology, teachers weren’t equipped to use it.
Both men believed deeply in the power of technology to improve teaching, but it simply wasn’t happening. They dove in, taking a practical approach to gain insights about instructional technology by visiting classrooms and talking with teachers. Frank and Bob realized there was a broad need for instructional technology coaching. Most schools, they saw, were trying to incorporate technology in ways that were disconnected from the actual classroom—either relying on computer teachers or sending instructors to external professional development programs where they learned about the technology in a vacuum.