On Saturday, July 4, Zogo surpassed 1,000,000 modules completed on our gamified financial literacy app.
One MILLION modules. 1,000,000 lessons in finance fundamentals, completed by nearly 60,000 users across the country.
This (as you may have already guessed) is a big deal.
As recently as 2019, Zogo was just an idea — a side project for a few friends that met through the computer science program at Duke University.
Since then, Zogo has grown into a movement. Our company leaders have presented at major conferences and for executive boards of leading credit unions, and our team has more than doubled in size. Nearly 60,000 people have downloaded our app — a number still growing every day — and those users are completing, on average, dozens of lessons in personal finance.
In just four months, we went from 300,000 to 750,000 modules completed. And then, in one month exactly, we surpassed the million modules mark.
Sometimes it feels like Zogo is growing so fast it’s almost overwhelming. It’s invigorating, and almost a little frightening — with each great success, the pressure mounts. It’s a challenge to face head-on, an opportunity we can’t waste.
At a company-wide virtual meeting this morning, Zogo CEO Bolun Li played a clip from the popular American musical “Hamilton,” in celebration of the recent 4th of July holiday.
If you’ve heard of the musical, you’ve probably heard the lines Alexander Hamilton raps in one of the show’s opening numbers: “I am not throwing away my shot / I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry. / And I’m not throwing away my shot.”
“I played this today because it reminds me of the team at Zogo, and of our company as a whole,” Bolun said. “We’re young, scrappy and hungry — and we’re not going to throw away our shot.”
I wouldn’t typically think to compare a financial education start-up with a Tony award-winning musical about America’s founding fathers, but Bolun was right. I know Zogo won’t waste the incredible opportunity we have been given to impact the world of finance. This million-module milestone is just the first of many.
It’s nice to reflect on how far we’ve come. But for Zogo? This is just the beginning.