Rents furniture and home decor.
“Fast furniture” contributes over 20 billion pounds of waste to landfills annually. Feather’s rental model helps it maintain its core mission: to keep furniture in homes and out of landfills by renting reusable pieces it reclaims and maintains. This year, it helped legions of homebound workers get office equipment; Feather saw a 400 percent increase in demand for home-office items, alone. By taking operations in-house, Feather completely offset its domestic operations’ carbon emissions. The company also adopted a permanent remote work policy and launched its own line of furniture, offering more than 200+ items that can be repaired and redeployed.
Enables consumers to book personalized video messages, live video calls, and direct messages from athletes, entertainers, influencers, and other celebrities.
In 2020, Cameo launched a philanthropic program called Cameo Cares, which partners with charity initiatives in creating exclusive events that donate the company’s celebrity shoutout fees to worthy causes. The platform’s star power raised more than $1 million for multiple charities in its first six months, while advancing Cameo’s mission of creating unforgettable one-on-one interactions between talent and fans. The first Cameo Cares event was a three-day live-streamed festival in April that raised $725,000 for charities working to address problems caused by Covid-19. A second two-day affair raised $225,000 for organizations involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Makes an education app used for teaching students in class and in remote learning settings.
In January, Seesaw co-founder Carl Sjogreen saw that his education app was experiencing a drastic uptick in new accounts in Asia. By February, students were posting projects on it at 10 times the normal frequency. As schools closed around the world because of Covid-19, Seesaw became a crucial link for at-home students and their teachers. The company quickly introduced more teachers to its library and began hosting town hall-style meetings multiple times a week for teachers using the platform. Seesaw’s much-needed service led to a tripling in revenue this year, according to the company.
Uses an online platform to teach coding skills to improve users' job prospects and provide training opportunities for enterprise clients' employees.
Improving people’s technical skills and employability is the core mission of Codeacademy. When Covid-19 hit, the company launched philanthropic programs to make education more accessible to those affected. For example, for every single Pro subscription purchased, the company donated five free, three-month memberships to people who had been laid off or furloughed. Codecademy also expanded its work with students and teachers throughout the year, offering its Pro curriculum for K-12 teachers and their classrooms at no charge. Through these programs and others, the company provided free access to its platform to more than 200,000 learners globally.
Delivers enterprise education programs to help clients' employees develop new skills and earn degrees that can advance their careers.
InStride promotes progress through workforce education and lifelong learning. When Arizona State University partnered with Starbucks in 2014 to help its employees acquire college and graduate degrees relevant to their work, the program was so successful it spun off InStride. Today, the company works with 30 corporate clients to offer their employees more than 1,500 complementary degree programs, credentials, and courses through a global academic network, all at minimal or no expense to employees. Additional universities in their academic network include Harvard Business School Online and the University of Wisconsin. So far InStride's programs have helped more than 26,000 learners and their families.