Backers! I've neglected you and it's inexcusable. I can only hope that a little more consistency from here on out can make up for it.
You all believed in us before we had anything in place, and I wanted to stop procrastinating on this once and for all, thinking updating Facebook Page was enough. Pshhh!
Here's a summary, because there's just so much to catch up on, and a promise to send something out at least once a month.
Where do I start? Here's two big things
1. We've Changed Our Medium of Delivery. Our last update showed how having a truck was costly, and made us focus our funds on an engine, instead of on education. We began to develop a low cost Lab in a Box, which sticks to our mission of making learning Fun and Relevant, and puts our money on what makes the most impact, the content and the teachers. The new model was also promising to Ashoka that named Jeepneed a Learning Pioneer in 2014, great affirmation that we're on the right track.
2. We've Changed Our Model. Our old model was heavily grant dependent. This helped us do two things. Testing the training system for the Lab in a Box, which we found had a 60% adoption rate in Capiz, and revise the design of our Jeepneed Mobile. BUT, this model made us focus on grants, instead of Teachers and Students, and a model where Teachers and Students were our customers, would make sure our priorities are in check. In 2013, we started testing a Jeepneed Shop, which sold materials to science museums and private schools to subsidize
a. the development of the Lab in a Box, and
b. materials released to Public Schools.
We are currently sustained 100% on sales and sweat. The rest of the year, we focus on growth.
I Quit!... My Day Job. Jeepneed is Hiring.
1. After the 2013 pause and pick up. Erika and I were no longer full time. Erika was off to med school, I took a job in a Low Cost Private School Chain with Pearson and Ayala. It had been a dream job since highschool, I couldn't say no.
Jeepneed grew at a slower rate, and was pushed forward by Aia and Mike in the pictures above, who both wrote content and helped conduct training.
I worked in APEC as the Content Expert in Math and Science for the past 3 years, working with a crazy dedicated team, and a boss that let us push the envelope for what learning should look like. It was like an endless workout. After revising the highschool curriculum 14++ times, developing a subject called Life Labs, writing hundreds of lesson plans, APEC has 23 schools, and I'm ready to get back to Jeepneed with bigger muscles ;)
I've been focused on sales, meetings and contracts, and now we're hiring! In case you have family in the Philippines who might be interested, we're on Kalibrr, tell them to apply.
2. New Partners in Education!
We can't do anything alone, and I recognize, before anything, how daring it was for you all to believe in us 5 years ago, when education was not as sexy as it is today.
These days though, the ecosystem is looking a lot brighter with the addition of some inspiring folks makes the work feel more exciting.
Happy to share that Jeepneed is the content partner for Tactiles. An IoT Educational Kit for Electronics. We've just started testing and writing content for their kits. You can read that update here. (on indiegogo... shhhh)
I love how the Tactiles Team really cares about the quality of education they deliver, and the new ways kids can be learning at home and at school. It's been re energizing.
I have a few more exciting things in the works, but, will save that for another update :)
See you again soon!