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Idea and Background
After his experience giving private math lessons, Maxim had the idea for MATH 42 — a digital private tutor. He soon recognized, that on the one hand math represented the biggest problem to students, but that on the other hand the means, time and method were missing to individually address the problems of every single student.
MATH 42 was to address exactly this weakness of the education system, by explaining intelligently and individually math problems step-by-step to students — on demand down to the smallest details.
Maxim’s brother Raphael was immediately hooked by the concept.
After several attempts to convince their father, Maxim and Raphael finally decided to write a business-plan. During their research two points crystallized:
1. Such an app didn’t exist on the market.
2. The math market is gigantic — especially in Asia: In Germany around $1 billion are spent on private tuition per year, while in Korea this figure leaps to $8 billion. This implies, that the expenses per capita for private math tuition in Korea is more than 10 times higher than in Germany.
With these findings they convinced their father and his wife, so that suddenly the entire family started to conceptualize MATH 42. Three and a half years later MATH 42 was released.
6 months after the release, MATH 42 was awarded being part of “Apple’s Best of 2013” by Apple.
By now MATH 42 helps 2 million users and is utilized on more than 400.000 iPads in schools worldwide. Every day thousands of new users join, which are mostly students but also comprise parents and teachers.
MATH 42’s goals can be formulated in a few sentences:
1. Every student worldwide should have access to high-quality, individual math-education.
2. Every student should be motivated, to individually absorb and understand math respecting their tendencies and capabilities.
3. No student should be frustrated and get lost by not understanding necessary steps.
4. Teachers should be able to refocus on their core-competence — explaining and coaching instead of drilling and controlling.
Our vision of the education system of the future, is one that enables students to understand and not to cram math.