Clever was founded by and for teachers
In 2009, our COO and co-founder Dan Carroll was teaching 8th grade physics in Denver. Dan was eager to use learning applications in the classroom, and set about incorporating them into his lesson plans. Unfortunately, Dan found that setting up apps for his students actually created more work than it saved -- for every app he wanted to use, he’d spend hours manipulating, uploading, and updating CSVs, and then saw additional class time wasted when students had problems logging in. Dan wasn’t alone, either - data integration is a tremendous roadblock for teachers, who overwhelmingly want to use more software in classes but don’t have the tools to do so.
As a teacher, and later as his district’s Director of Technology, Dan approached other school districts looking for a solution, and found that nothing on the market addressed the problem. Clever was born out of that frustration. Dan’s original idea took Clever from the classroom in Denver to a hacker house in Palo Alto, and from there to our office in San Francisco. Today we’re seamlessly integrating software for over 44,000 schools, and nine of the ten biggest school districts in America.