Our Company

A Look Back At 2015

Written by Megan Corbet

The fun never stops at Grovo HQ. In 2015, our company pulled off one of the most challenging, rewarding periods of our existence and emerged more invigorated than ever. We expanded our executive team, earned some great clients, and further innovated our product suite. Here are a few more highlights from the year that was.

We celebrated our 5th anniversary.

In the summer of 2010, cofounders Jeff Fernandez, Nick Narodny, and Surag Mungekar piled together a few thousand dollars and set out to create “a field guide to the Internet.” Five years later, they were reinventing the way people learn at work. Grovo’s fifth birthday called for a celebration, so we threw one for our employees and families in November.

Narodny, Mungekar, Fernandez

Narodny, Mungekar, Fernandez, November 19, 2015

Grovo For Good was born.

For a long time, Grovo cared about two things: developing our product and throwing stress balls. This year, we added a third item to that list: “the wider world.” Since we started Grovo For Good in March, our philanthropic arm has touched the lives of 30,000 people. Most recently, we played Santa and delivered holiday gifts to 130 students at PS 160 in Queens.

Gifts for PS 160Q

The North Pole at 3 Park Ave.

Our platform had a banner year.

In July, Grovo was proud to announce that we had hit 3 million trainings in our company’s history—most of which came in the first half of 2015. Half a year later, things have only sped up. In all of 2015, Grovo registered an unbelievable 6.7 million lessons viewed. 91% of all our accounts were engaged. Most interestingly, 11% of all lessons were elective—people chose to view them without being assigned. We also rolled out a number of new product features, like Events, new APIs, and Powers.platform

Learnin Khurgin launched our internal learning initiative.

This year, we fully committed to making our own workforce the sandbox in which Grovo’s new innovations would be tested. Therefore, Director of Learning Innovation Alex Khurgin now tests his crazy ideas on us. Which is only appropriate: when you have a bona fide L&D thought leader working and sometimes sleeping in your office, you may as well benefit from his expertise.

Khurgin's Learnins, Ep. 3

Khurgin’s Learnins, Ep. 3

Our headcount doubled—again.

We’ve been here before. The company doubled in size over the course of a few months in 2014, going from 50 to 100 people. We doubled again this year, going from 100 to 200 employees. We opened offices on a different floor of our building and even grew the company’s extended family by three babies. We project rapid growth for them, too.

awardsLast year was good, but this year is going to be incredible—for us and for our clients. We couldn’t be more excited to dive into 2016 and continue to create better learning resources. Thanks for being there for us in 2015. It’s a fun ride we’re on, and we couldn’t do it without you.