I first met David Robson, Co-Founder and Director of Education Outreach of Spiral Math, at the ‘Navigating School Systems’ workshop held here at the TU Incubator back in February 2016. At the time, David along with Joseph Mills, Robin Mudge, and Alfred Werner were developing the Spiral Math product, though they had not decided on a name. David and the team soon after joined the TU Incubator as a virtual member.

I recently had the chance to catch up with David to discuss being an early-stage edtech entrepreneur.

Five Questions with Spiral Math Co-Founder David Robson

1. Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? I’ve always had the itch (periodically) to try to solve a problem…I have a success rate around 30%. Most were solo projects, but this is a great team of four…much better.

2. Tell me about your product? What market niche does your company fill? What makes your product unique? It’s an online support system for math students and teachers. Actually, this niche is heavily occupied…we think we can compete successfully. We supply the math teacher with a steady flow of current data on how students are doing, and the teacher does No Work (unique) to tap into the flow.

Spiral Math3. What do you see as the big challenges going forward? Sales to school districts…a notoriously challenging market.

4. What excites you the most about what you do? The least? Working with a good team. As to what excites least, I’ll skip this question…makes me wander through negative memories.

5. How has becoming a TU Incubator member company helped your business? Lots of specific, useful information but the best is talking with people who have been here, done this…yet they look like Normal People!

David and the rest of the team are not atypical of our TU incubator members. They are driven to address problems they see in the educational system by providing solutions that provide real value to teachers, administrators, parents, and most importantly, students. I had a final, sixth, question for David.

Bonus What are your ambitions for Spiral Math? To have teachers in several nations report “This saved me a ton of time, and the students are learning more!”

I think this says it all! You can learn more about Spiral Math at www.spiralmath.net.

Are you an early stage startup and interested in learning more about opportunities at TU Incubator? Let me know. I would be happy to talk to you.