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Episode 16 – How Intellifunda created a motivational tutoring app that helps students succeed in Math (w/ Dr. Maria T Earle)
Dr. Maria T. Earle is CEO and Founder of IntelliFunda. IntelliFunda designs motivational practice tutoring apps. IntelliFunda’s vision is to become known as a world-class Tech-Ed company offering superb customer-facing products at an affordable price.
Maria is the proud mother of a set of identical triplet daughters. This is a very rare occurrence, with the odds being 1 in every 200 million births. This served as motivation for one of her early business ventures which was the selling baby products for higher multiples.
As a professional engineer, Maria was always fond of her experiences of teaching piano lessons as a side-hustle in high school. Considering this passion for helping others learn, she decided to go back to school and obtain a doctorate degree in education before entering the academic world. After serving as a professor for a while, she made the leap into entrepreneurship with the idea to develop motivational tutoring apps, such as Mathfunda; a math practice app that helps middle school students with math proficiency. She named her company Intellifunda which combines the idea of intelligence, learning (“funda” means “learn” in Zulu) and FUN!
- There are three primary constraints one must consider in business, time, cost and scope; they always seem to resurface.
- Pay attention to your younger self, which is the essence of who you really are.
- “High Tech Start Up” by John L Nesheim
2. “Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything” by Iyanla Vanzant
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