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Firefly: AWS Startup Stories Notes from Founders Vol1

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11 STARTUP STORIES Notes from Founders: Firefly Bringing education into the 21 st century 'The internet was taking off everywhere but in schools' I was 15 years old when I realized how ridiculous it was that I had to go into school in the holidays to hand in work or ask questions. It seemed like the internet was taking off in every aspect of life, apart from in education. This was back in 2009, and only the really geeky teachers were able to help students to take advantage of technology. My friend Joe and I decided that if the school couldn't make it easier for teachers and students to collate and share resources online, then we would. Education is one of the world's most vital and transformative industries, yet it is often slow to embrace new technologies. Firefly aims to change that, by equipping students, teachers and parents with the digital resources they need – from homework systems to collaboration tools. In 2016, Firefly secured £4.5 million ($5.25 million) in funding – it was the most successful Series A funding round the UK edtech space had ever seen. The company now has teams in the UK, Singapore and Australia. Frustrated by having to go into school during the holidays to hand in work, GCSE student Simon Hay and his friend Joe Mathewson created one of the UK's first school intranets. This was back in 2009. The friends kept working on their ideas and built a tech company in their spare time. They named it 'Firefly', after Joe's bike. Simon lives in London with his partner and their one-year old son. Simon Hay Founder of Firefly

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