Upfundme Compliance - PopSchools: Decentralized Educational Community for Youth and Families
Hi, this is @nikema, founder of PopSchools.
PopSchools is a work-in-progress and always evolving. Today's version of PopSchools is a growing community of self-directed learners with a focus on online community building and collaboration. I came up with the name PopSchools while participating in the Founder Institute accelerator. Like the other founders in my cohort, I was there to launch a startup. Naming and branding our company was an assignment we had to complete to continue in the program.
An earlier iteration
When PopSchools was named the mission was different. I was working with the idea of having pop-up classes in community spaces -- temporary, voluntary, schools for home-educated youth.
Back then, I was focused on providing access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education. Some of the earlier name considerations included that acronym. I decided I didn't want to lock myself into being STEAM-focused forever and went in a more general direction towards Pop-Up Schools. Pop-Up Schools wasn't fully available on social media and for domain names. When I started adding to it the name was getting too long and less memorable/easy to spell.
I ended up settling on PopSchools because the "Pop" could take on multiple meanings. Pop, short for Pop-up, but also pop is the Latin root for people. I love the idea of schools for the people. The name PopSchools is general enough that I could have room to move my ideas around without growing out of it.