Every child should have the opportunity to develop 21st-century computer skills needed to excel in today’s school environment – such as typing, familiarity with common productivity apps including Google Docs and Sheets, and coding. However, millions of kids, especially from lower-income households and school districts, do not have the same opportunities as those from more affluent families and school districts, resulting in a homework gap. As a result, Tanoshi computers, an educational and affordable pre-teen laptop specifically designed and built for 6-12 year olds, pre-loaded with productivity and learning apps, and best-in-class parental controls, was developed. In 2018, Tanoshi entered the US retail market with the Tanoshi 2-in-1 Computer for Kids. In the Fall of 2020, the Tanoshi Scholar computer launched. Since its launch in 2018, Tanoshi has generated $2.5M in revenue and has sold 15,000 computers.
Brad Johnston is the CEO & Co-Founder. He has worked in consumer electronics for more than 15 years. His inspiration for starting Tanoshi came from working at companies such as Vizio and Toshiba as a product manager. Lisa Love is the CMO & Co-Founder. Her career started more than 20 years, working for major CPG companies including Heinz and Del Monte. Lisa’s passion for the edtech industry stems from her parents – her mom was an educator and taught in Los Angeles for 50 years. Her dad was one of the first Blacks to graduate from Purdue University’s engineering school, back in the 50s.