Tim Levy. Managing Director
“I was deeply affected by the cyberbullying and subsequent suicide of my niece’s best friend. I couldn’t accept that my kids - anyone’s kids - could be living, learning and playing in a space that could be so inherently dangerous.
Within weeks my close friend Crispin Swan (a telco veteran like me) and I began talking. We brought in our other friends, Ben Trigger and Paul Robinson. We had one simple question:
Why can't we protect our children in their digital lives as well as we can in their home lives?
Our vision began to emerge. A suite of technology solutions that could empower parents, schools and children to work together to close the gaps of siloed approaches to safety where schools, parents, and social and gaming platforms go their own way. Our children deserved better.
In 2015, Family Zone was born.
With this big vision, a recently launched consumer offering and no money, we took our company public. Family Zone was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange the following year.
Since then, we have been incredibly lucky to be joined by some amazing businesses, trusted advisors and loyal investors, all of whom share our passion and commitment for tackling what is clearly one of the most pressing problems of the modern world.
Where are we today?
Our growth has been both rapid and exhilarating. We’re now 550 people working across 3 continents, looking after 25,100 schools, supporting 6 million parents and helping to keep 22 million children safer than they were before.
But in truth, we've only just begun.
We're now bringing our blended family together. Family Zone has now become Qoria. We're solidifying who we are. And led by our amazing people, we’re putting a bright and unapologetic spotlight on every corner of our business and our industry to ensure we are collectively grounded in a child wellbeing mindset and that we’re closing the gaps that children fall through, wherever and however they appear.
We're questioning. We're challenging. We’re giving it everything we’ve got to leave an enduring impact and to empower schools, parents and children to do the same.
I am as passionate about this quest today as I was back then. I couldn’t be more proud of our founders or the leaders and teams we have today, reshaping our future and propelling us forward. There's so much more to do. And we're ready for it.
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Closing the gaps that children fall through
We've made incredible progress since our inception.
But the challenges children continue to face means there can be no finish line. The journey continues.
Family Zone begins
Family Zone is established as a business and the founders begin developing their ideas full time.
Family Zone is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange for the first time and wins the WAITTA Incite Award for Best Start Up.
The business grows
Family Zone acquires edu-tech innovator, Linewize, as well as Australia's leading cyber safety education provider, ySafe.
North America division launches
Family Zone enters the North American market to address the cyber safety needs of its 50m students.
A multi-platform classroom management solution goes live.
Student licenses reach 1.5 million.
School customers reach 2,450.
Smoothwall & NetRef acquired
Ed-tech specialist NetRef is acquired. Smoothwall, the UK's market leader for over two decades, also joins the family and their award- winning Monitor solution goes global. The Executive team expands.
Student licenses reach 10 million.
School customers reach 20,000.
Cipafilter, Educator Impact and Qustodio acquired
Three more businesses come on board. Qustodio's parental app expands into a B2B2C model. Educator Impact's Pulse solution is launched globally.
Student licenses reach 12 million.
School customers reach 24,000.
New identity goes live - Qoria
The process to merge all businesses into one single and unified identity begins. A new name is chosen, Qoria. A new global website goes live and other businesses follow suit later this year.