bankaroo started as a family project to help children learn how to manage their savings. Danielle came up with the idea when she was 11 years old and helped with the design testing and marketing. Dad helped with the technology, and mom helped with the rest. To date we have thousands of members from more than 70 countries around the globe.
Danielle started bankaroo when she was 11 years old.
A Big sister, honor student, Karate expert and video games player/designer.
Loves video games (dah!), art and reading.
A husband, father and entrepreneur at heart. I founded several startup companies over the years. I currently own and run BrightAct – a successful boutique-consulting firm that focuses on product, UX and mobile applications design and development services. As well as intuito – a mobile prototyping and user research service.
bankaroo started as a family project in 2011. Today we have thousands of members from more than 54 countries around the globe. We rely on our members’ support to help us make the service better. Our members recently helped us to translate bankaroo to more than 10 languages.
bankaroo works on any device that’s connected to the Internet: your computer, laptop, tablet device and smart phone.
Other devices (as BlackBerry and MS phones) are supported with a mobile HTML5 application.
Our blog is full with information, ideas and tips on financial education for families and kids. We are always open to hear from you - please suggest topics and share our blogs with your network.
“Mom, can I have a dog / cat [or other pet]?” The question is almost inevitable from youngsters, who have a natural curiosity about other living things, and who see lots of other families with animals. A lot of the time, the answer is a resounding “no.” After all, there are plenty of reasons not to get a pet, such as members of the family not being home enough to care for it properly. The cost of keeping an animal is also a big deterrent for parents, but hold on a sec. Having an animal at home might have more of a financial benefit than you think. Here are just some of the ways a pet can improve your child’s… Read More →
It’s the Christmas season again, meaning that your kids are probably facing a common dilemma: They want to give gifts, yet they simply don’t have a lot of money to buy stuff for others. So what’s a financially-savvy mom or dad to do? Find some gifts your kids can make for cheap, of course! Here are three favorites you can try without completely draining what your children have saved up. Glitter Christmas Ornaments For this money-friendly Christmas present, your child will need to buy some clear ornaments, regular glue, super-fine glitter and your secret ingredient, liquid floor wax (Mop & Glow works great). The glue, glitter and floor wax are all available at dollar stores. You can find the ornaments… Read More →
We wanted to share with you how much we appreciate you including bankaroo as part of your family activities. This year we added thousands of members, across the world. Translated the service to many languages with the help of our members and partnered with great companies, organizations and schools, helping kids and families become money smart. Thank you for being part of our lives, The bankaroo family
Saving is one of the first financial lessons that kids learn, and many experts promote the idea that the earlier children can start putting money aside, the better off they’ll be. The logical progression from this idea is usually to have your kid putting some money in a jar or piggy bank on a regular basis. (Even better, your child should have three banks or jar, one for saving, one for spending, and one for giving/charity.) A family savings jar can be just as important to your child’s money education. What Is a Family Savings Jar, Anyway? A family savings jar is just a jar or bank that everyone in your family puts some money into. Whereas the other jars… Read More →
Microsoft Partner In Learning Network is now promoting a post about bankaroo! You can check it here - http://www.pil-network.com/HotTopics/virtuallearningenvironments/bankaroo
In a typical home, the television is on for at least several hours a day. People go to the theater, stream, or rent movies on top of this, too. Time after time, money is part of what you see. This can have a big effect on the way your kids think about finance. Money’s Not on TV or in Movies, Is It? Money-related themes or premises appear in television and film more than you might think. Recently, reality television has seen an influx of these. Some good examples you might have watched (with your kids over your shoulder) include these shows Shark Tank—ABC reality television show in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of potential investors My… Read More →
Press release MENLO PARK, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 13, 2013) – bankaroo, a free kids’ financial service, is pleased to announce that they have a new agreement with OLPC. Together the two companies are bringing financial education to more people. The bankaroo application is being preloaded on all new XO tablet devices. bankaroo was started in 2011 as a family project and was thought up by an 11-year-old girl named Danielle Gafni. Danielle had a desire to help other children learn about money through the internet. Danielle helped with the platform design, testing, and marketing. Her father Etay lead the technical aspects while her mother managed everything else. bankaroo originated from BrightAct, started and spearheaded by Danielle’s father Etay. bankaroo has members… Read More →
The team at Microsoft Partner In Learning Network asked us to share our story and details on how educators (teachers and parents) are using bankaroo to teach kids to be money smart. We are working on this blog post with the help of our members (thank you Sara, Jane and Michael!) and will share it in the next weeks. If you would like to share your story – please email us, there is still time…