Bob Geldof on Messenger
Sir Bob Geldof is one of Groupcall's founding partners. He describes here the reasons why he became involved with the company.
"When the Groupcall concept was first explained to me, my daughters were still crossing London by bus to go to school. My main concern was for their safety. I wanted to know that my kid had arrived at school safely and this system fulfils everything that I was looking for.
From a truancy point of view, as a country we really need high levels of education or we are going to fall behind. If kids aren't in school, what's going to happen? Lying out there right now is some kid who could, conceivably, be a genius, but we won't know because he's either in bed, in a bowling alley, drinking or taking some drug or another. This system helps keeps kids in school. Fact.
The costs are marginal compared to what you get back. It saves schools time having to send out letters and cuts the costs of calls to mobiles and landlines. You also have the knowledge that the call or the message has been received by a parent because it is logged. It really is a no brainer."
Sir Bob Geldof at bett 2013
Our co-founding partner, Sir Bob Geldof joined us on our bett stand on the opening day at bett 2013. We were also delighted that he joined us at the bett awards too!
During the show, Sir Bob was interviewed by Mirandanet and talked about Technology in Education. Watch the video here.
About Sir Bob Geldof
Although best known for the 1985 Live Aid and 2005 Live 8 concerts, as a rock star with the Boomtown Rats and as a campaigner on a range of issues, Bob Geldof is also a proven businessman.
In addition to being a founding partner of Groupcall, he established the pioneering TV production company, Planet 24. In the late 1990s, he moved into new media, launching the online travel agency site deckchair.com and the mobile portal WapWorld. His current TV production company, Ten Alps, has made a series of high profile documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Five, Sky One and Discovery.
He was awarded a knighthood in June 1986, and in the last two years has received the Nobel Man Of Peace Award, the MTV Free Your Mind Award and a Brits Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to music.
Read more about Sir Bob Geldof here.