Q&A with Sarah Cherry Rice and Matt Rantz, Co-Founders of Countdown for Teachers
EdTech Times is running a series of Q&As this week on the companies of LearnLaunchX, which has their first public Demo Day today, Thursday, October 3rd, at LearnLaunch.org’s October Meetup in Boston. Companies will present for 5 minutes and then followed up by 5 minutes of Q&A. This is a great opportunity for local ed-tech aficionados, educators, and entrepreneurs to come meet the companies of LearnLaunchX’s first cohort. More on these companies at their investor demo day, September 18th:
Founders: Sarah Cherry Rice & Matt Rantz
Category: Common Core Planning
Product stage: Market
Facebook company page: https://www.facebook.com/countdowntool
Company twitter: @countdowntool
Founders twitter: @scherryrice
ETT: How would you define the space your company works in?
SCR/MR: Our company aims to serve districts, schools and teachers by providing them with an online tool that seamlessly transitions their curriculum maps to the Common Core standards. We think we are defining a new market within the EdTech market because for the first time we see districts transitioning to fully digital curriculums.
ETT: Why did you start a company, or build a product, in this space? What need or gap do you aim to address?
SCR/MR: We built Countdown because we saw how difficult it was for districts and schools to transition to an entirely new set of standards. We set out to create a tool that would allow districts to align their resources, collaborate more effectively and ultimately provide their teachers with a tool that would allow customization for the student in front of them.
ETT: Could you tell us about other startups or product builds that you have been a part of and what your role was?
SCR: I helped to open the Boston affiliate Teach for America office bringing the first corps members to MA. Additionally, I worked at The Achievement Network during its formative years and helped to scale the organization across multiple states.
ETT: Please tell us more about your product stage and what we should expect to see from your company in the next 12 months.
SCR/MR: We are excited to begin implementing our tool with districts that have adopted the Common Core standards. We see our company moving schools away from static, ineffective planning methods and embracing an online, interactive solution for the new digital world.
ETT: Where do you see the education technology market going in the next few years?
SCR/MR: We think the education market is going to explode as schools adopt technology to provide better instruction for their students and ultimately create easier, faster and more effective ways for teachers to collaborate and share best practices.
EdTech Times congratulates Sarah and Matt on completing the program with LearnLaunchX. For more information on Countdown for Teachers click on their logo below:
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