About DOGO

Updated on October 14, 2013

DOGO Media is a next-generation online network empowering kids to engage with digital media in a fun, safe and social environment.

DOGO” means young or small in Swahili.  While our young fans may be small, they act BIG as they engage with our websites and express their opinions on the content that interests and inspires them.

DOGOnews was created in ‘09 by a young mother in the SF Bay Area who couldn’t find a reliable and safe source for her grammar school children to use for current events assignments.  The word spread…first a couple of classmates read it, then teachers at the school found out about it, and now thousands of students and teachers from around the world are using the DOGO websites in-and-out of the classroom on a daily basis. What started as a small project has quickly grown to a community of kids and educators engaging positively on the current events, books, movies … (and lots more to come) that excite them!


OUR WEBSITES

DOGOnews.com  - The leading source for current events, news and non-fictional articles for kids and teachers.  Featuring award-winning content written for children, DOGOnews is rapidly becoming the de-facto favorite for language arts, science and social studies lesson plans in the classroom and current events homework help at home.

DOGOnews provides compelling and engaging content in the following areas:

NEWS - Fun and inspiring current events and news from all around the world.  Written for and in some cases by children, NEWS keeps our audience abreast of current events around the world.  With thousands of news articles and new original content added daily, we are the leading online source of current events for students, teachers and schools.

SITES - A single-stop destination to discover the best and most appropriate websites for kids.  Each site is carefully vetted and reviewed before it makes the cut.  With hundreds of websites reviewed, SITES is a great resource for kids, parents and teachers.

MAPS - Is fun and interactive way for our younger readers to read news headlines geotagged on a world map.  Learn about the world and see where it’s happening.

DOGObooks.com Where kids discover, review and rate the books they love.  We strive to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books.     All user book selections and reviews are moderated prior to being published.  All books are available for purchase online through our affiliate partners.

DOGOmovies.comKids probably love movies as much as adults, if not more.  But until we launched DOGOmovies there was no appropriate place for them to discover movies, watch trailers, rate and express their opinions.  DOGOmovies.com features only kid appropriate movies and has a library of over 4,500 movies rated G, PG or PG-13.  All user movies reviews are moderated prior to being published online.

Additionally, we enable kids and teachers to maximize their DOGO experience across all our websites through:

iDOGO – Makes learning fun and interactive by allowing kids create custom avatars, link to peers and earn rewards for reading and expressing their opinions.

DOGOteachers – Enables educators to easily integrate real world topics into the classroom learning experience by customizing our content to suit their curriculum, pace and style. Teachers can choose from thousands of non-fictional articles categorized by curriculum standards, create reading lists and maintain reading logs.

 

TEAM

Meera Dolasia – CEO, Publisher & Editor

Meera defines and sets the overall strategy of DOGOmedia.  She is also the editor and primary contributor of DOGOnews.  Prior to founding the Company, Meera led the product management team at Seneca Capital Management, where she was responsible for all portfolio positioning strategies and investment communications.  Meera holds a BSc in Financial Services from the University of Manchester and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Rupen Dolasia – VP Business Development

Rupen leads DOGO Media’s business partnership initiatives.  Prior to joining DOGOmedia, Rupen was founder and CEO of MXPLAY INC., a social media company that grew to over 1.5 million users within 18 months and was then acquired.  Prior to MXPLAY, he was the founding partner of Granite Ventures and H&Q Ventures; and led investments in over 15 technology companies including: WebMD, Giganet and Plumtree.  Rupen has a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from UCLA.

Ed Meagher – VP of Sales

Ed manages sales and sponsorships for the DOGO brands.  Prior to DOGO, Ed managed West Coast Sales for the SIKids/TIME for Kids brands.  Ed has also worked with Boys Life, Family Circle, Ser Padres, Red Herring and other magazines throughout his career.  Ed graduated from Santa Clara University with a BSc in Marketing.

Contact Us:

Feedback- Like what you see and want to let us know?   We love this kind of stuff – send us an e-mail at [email protected]

Editorial idea or aspiring writer - Have something interesting to share or want to join our team of young and older writers?   Reach us at [email protected]

Partnerships - Want to explore some business ideas ?  Contact:  [email protected]

Advertising/Sponsorships- Interested in ways we can help your brand? Let us show you what we have to offer and where DOGO is headed.  Contact: Ed Meagher at 415-297-9261 or send an email at [email protected]

 

EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Lisa Zimmer

Lisa Zimmer is the Principal of Edna Maguire Elementary School in Mill Valley, California. Previously, Lisa was the Principal of Rock River Elementary and Brookview Elementary Schools in Rockford, Illinois. She began her teaching career as a 2nd and 4th Grade teacher at Stillwell Elementary School in Kansas. Lisa holds a degree in education from Kansas State University and an MS Ed from Northern Illinois University.

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