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In 1994, Tom Davidson, then a 22-year-old student at Bowdoin College, ran for—and won—a seat in Maine’s state legislature. That may seem impressive for a mere college pupil; but in Davidson’s view, every one of us is a student always. It’s a philosophy that encouraged him to start EverFi, an education software startup, in 2008. The company provides instructional coursework to schools and workplaces, including through sponsorships by big organizations such as BeyondMeat, UBS, and the NFL. The lessons it teaches, which the company boasts have reached 41 million learners globally through 3,100 customers, range from financial literacy to mental wellbeing to corporate diversity training.

Recently, EverFi partnered with former LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner’s nonprofit, The Compassion Project. The two developed a social-emotional training course for schoolkids in grades two through four. It’s not clear what EverFi’s current valuation is—its last publicly disclosed funding round was in April 2017. But in the midst of a pandemic, the demand for remote learning options, and compassion, for that matter, could not be more clear. EverFi could be just what the doctor—or teacher, more aptly—ordered.

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Washington, D.C.
Thomas Davidson
No. of employees (approximate)500
The Rise Fund, TPG Growth, Next Play Ventures, Rethink Impact, Rethink Education, Advance Publications, Bezos Expeditions, Eric Schmidt
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