Our Journey

2017

2017

HOW BLAZE WAS DISCOVERED

From Guilt & Fear to Love & Connection

I didn't feel like a good parent. I loved my kids dearly, but I knew my actions didn't prove it. I was distracted, tired and irritable. My son was getting C's and D's. He hated to read and wanted to be on the computer playing games. He complained that I never wanted to play with him. It was from this pain that Blaze was born.

2018

CHILDREN & ADULTS ARE IN THIS TOGETHER

Building the MVP and my visit to Harvard

As I was funding the development of the Blaze MVP, I discovered research recently released by Harvard's Center on the Developing Child.

The essense of what I discovered was that in order to ensure positive developmental outcomes for both children and teens, both child and adult must build the habit of active life skill building.

I was accepted to attend a workshop in Cambridge on how to build scalable impact leveraging Harvard's theory of change.

Some of the scientific concepts we addressed when constructing our scalable framework included:

  • Brain Architecture
  • Serve & Return
  • Toxic Stress
  • Executive Function & Self-Regulation
  • Resilience
  • The Science of Adult Capabilities

2019

STUDENTS DRIVE KEY GROWTH

Two Successful Pilots at Top High School

A strange twist happened in 2019. I met Brandon, a science teacher at a top high school in Chicago's suburbs. Brandon earned a Masters from Cal Berkeley and was one of the most sought after private tutors on Chicago's affluent North Shore.

Brandon insisted that both he and his high school students could benefit from Blaze.

With some adaptation to content and privacy, we successfully completed Spring and Fall pilots.

Brandon surveyed his students at the conclusion of each pilot. We received over 160 responses.

SELF-AWARENESS

"Blaze helped me to be more aware of my mood each day in class. For an example, on days that I didn't get enough sleep, I noticed that on those days that I'm easily annoyed and hungry."

SOCIAL AWARENESS

"Blaze helped me understand that everyone is feeling differently, everyone has different moods and that I should be understanding of that."

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

"Blaze helped me with relationship skills because I made some new friends in this class through the blaze activity."

2020

HUMAN IMPACT INVESTING

Investing in Blaze as a Scalable Solution

While 2020 was perhaps one of the strangest, most stressful, and at times darkest years in modern history, I was lucky to enter into a partnership with a man I respect for both his remarkable business success as well as the grace and humility he never fails to carry.

Dave Husain was cofounder and CEO of Leapfrog Online for over 20 years, selling his company to Dentsu, an international advertising company, in 2017. After exiting Leapfrog, Dave began putting his energies into philanthropic work, with an eye out for a social impact startup he believed could make a scalable difference.

In November of 2020, Dave joined Blaze as a partner and investor, allowing us to assemble a high caliber software design and development team.

2021

THE NEW BLAZE

Blaze Receives Enterprise-level Upgrade

2021 has been a special year. Through a partnership with Dave Hoover of Red Squirrel and Jim Jacoby of The Studio for Design Craftmanship (S4DC), Blaze has acquired an oustanding team of backend, frontend and UX/UI talent.

After 6 months of hard work, Blaze 2.0 continues the trajectory of our Blaze MVP with an entirely new design, data model and security architecture.

A continuum of self-managed life skill building, Blaze offers students a single platform across all of their environments: school, home and community.

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While we enter into thoughtful, smaller scale rollouts with select institutions, we are actively seeking feedback on how Blaze can positively impact those kids you care most about. Contact us and we will schedule a demo.