In 2009, Compass founders John de la Motte and Lucas Filer met over a team lunch. While chowing down on their cafeteria sandwiches they bonded over their unapologetically nerdy love for education technology. John and Lucas were sure there was a way to use technology to improve processes in school communities; a way of making tech part of everyday activities, like ordering a pie in the canteen, or letting parents know how their kids were performing in class. After months of white-boarding and long days spent writing thousands of lines of code, Compass 1.0 came to life. However, the journey had only just begun and with the valuable input of foundational schools John and Lucas were able to add new features to the platform to meet school's needs. Fast forward a decade and Compass' school management ecosystem is now used in more than 1,800 schools in Australia and beyond: from Melbourne to Mountrath (that’s in Ireland!), Toronto to Toowoomba.
It’s no longer just John and Lucas eating sandwiches at the lunch table. Now they’re joined by 140 members of the Compass team, delivering smart school management solutions around the world. Compass now offer a comprehensive suite of modules that connects the entire school community. Schools are now able to simplify processes and reduce their administrative burden so everyone can focus on achieving their school's version of success. Not bad for an idea formed over a lunch break.
The Compass timeline
Started in 2009, Compass was built to provide school communities with leading edge technology.
John and Lucas complete their studies at Swinburne University and Monash University respectively.
Aged 22, John and Lucas connect over their passion for education technology, working at AXA Australia.
John and Lucas begin building Compass from Lucas’ parent’s garage in Vermont South.
We move out of the home office and move into a small office in Kew.
We hire two more staff, and release the first version of CompassKiosk.
We gain our first interstate customer, launch the Compass Mobile App, and the team swells to 10.
CompassPay is launched
We launch TalkingPoints Digital Signage, introduce Purchase Ordering, CompassOne and the team grows to 25.
We move our headquarters to Balwyn North, and the team grows to 50.
The new Compass mobile apps are launched for Android and iOS
We celebrate our 1000th school and Compass HQ is opened in Balwyn North.
Compass is selected as the student management solution for over 700 Catholic schools.
We launch our first school in Ireland.
Compass Guardian is launched.
We partner with TechnologyOne and Compass Billing is launched.
Compass expands across three floors at Compass HQ.
Compass data center links upgraded to over 10Gb.
Compass becomes an ISP.
Cashless Canteens and Online Ordering is launched.
We partner with MSP Photography.
CompassTix is launched.
The Compass team grows to 145.
Pulse is launched.
Compass HQ says goodbye to Balwyn North and makes Hawthorn our new home.
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