ISTE 2017: Seattle EdTech Startup, Bloomz, Named One Of The World’s Most Innovative Startups
Chaks Appalabattula started his career in Silicon Valley. As a software developer he spent manny years creating platforms for other startups. Eventually his career would take him to the Seattle area got married, had children and after a time he fell ill. It was during that time that Appalabattula realized that the communication system between parents, teachers, and other parents was virtually non-existent. And we all know trying to pry information out of a child is a daunting task.
Appalabattula company, Bloomz, is a social network for the school community, not just the classroom, not just teachers, not just parents but the entire community. Bloomz allows teachers and parents to communicate directly with one another. It also allows parents to form parent groups, you know for PTA, bake sales, field day, field trips, sports and anything else that parents need to communicate with each other for. All of the communication is both private and secure.
Bloomz is also a place for schools to communicate with parents and the school community all at once. Is the school in a lockdown? Is there an outbreak of lice? Is school closed for inclement weather?
With Bloomz every user gets a profile no matter what there role. This way everyone is connected to whoever they need to be connected to. The student/parent combo is connected to the teacher. The parents are connected to the school and so on and so forth. Through Bloomz everyone is connected at the right time in place to the information that matters from assignments to special activities, to school closings and bake sales. It’s the best platform of it’s kind that we’ve seen so far.
Bloomz has been selected as one of the Top Startup winners of the prestigious TiE50 Awards. The awards, which recognize the world’s most innovative tech startups, were announced on Friday, May 5th, at the Santa Clara Convention Center during TiE Silicon Valley’s annual tech entrepreneurship conference, TiEcon.
“We are thrilled to have Bloomz recognized as a 2017 TiE50 Top Startup Winner,” Appalabattula, said. “What started as a solution to a basic need we saw for teachers and parents has grown into an essential tool for parent-to-school communication in the 21st century, currently in use by teachers in thousands of schools across the U.S. and in many other countries around the world. We’re incredibly humbled to see the difference Bloomz is making in the lives of teachers, parents, and students.”
According to TiE50 program co-chair Daniel Zimmer, “TiE50 has become a global brand that attracts thousands of companies worldwide. We screened more than 1,303 companies this year and selected the most innovative 50 companies as TiE50 Winners. TiE50 company presentations were well received at the conference. As a not-for-profit, our vigorous screening and judging adopts multiple regression techniques to ensure process integrity.”
The TiE50 program is in its ninth year. This year, the screening committee included 31 accomplished domain experts and influencers. Judges included senior executives, venture capitalists, and marquee tech entrepreneurs.
We got to check out Bloomz earlier this year at TCEA you can visit with Appalabattula, and check out Bloomz for yourself at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25th-28th booth #3022 or online at bloomz.com