How it started

Meet Mohammed

In September 2018, Mohammed — then a high school student in war-torn Sana'a, Yemen — reached out to two of Arist's co-founders explaining the dire educational situation in Yemen. We became deeply inspired by Mohammed's activism and passion for learning, and realized that we needed to do something to help.


Barriers to access

We began exploring ways to teach entrepreneurship to teens in a conflict zone halfway around the world. A few obstacles stood in the way: because of international embargoes, sending books to Yemen was impossible. Furthermore, only 30% of students in Yemen had stable access to the internet.

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A simple realization

Nearly every student, however, had access to text messages. We quickly realized the power of text message education, both domestically and in distant war zones. Today, Arist has delivered over 50,000 courses globally (and counting), with clients including some of the world's leading Fortune 500 companies, governments, and nonprofits. Read a profile of our impact work in NPR.

The arist way

Our model

Arist is a social enterprise. For every client that we work with, we actively subsidize platform access for nonprofits in need.

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Non-profit partners

We partner with non-profits and community leaders around the world to identify their needs.

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Content Creators

Arist works with professors, thought leaders, and professionals to create text message courses.

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Course delivery

We deliver courses to students and volunteers in need via SMS, WhatsApp, or Facebook.

Let's make a difference together

If you are a socially-driven organization looking to teach, train, or upskill students 
and volunteers, schedule some time with us. We'd love to support your work.

latest news

Recent press features

Read the latest news about Arist.

April 22, 2020
How Cellphones Can Keep People Learning Around The World
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January 19, 2021
Text-based learning: emerging from the pandemic as a must-have
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January 26, 2021
Corporations Use Arist to Deliver Corporate Training Courses, one Text Message at a Time
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July 7, 2019
Delivering Education Through Text Messages: A More Effective Way to Teach
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October 14, 2020
Arist Announces $1.9 Million in Seed Funding to Transform the Way Organizations Train and Learn
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April 8, 2019
World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions
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about us

Meet the team

Sam Johnson


Maxine Anderson

Co-founder and COO

Farjad Fazli

Software Engineer

Ryan Laverty

Co-founder and President

Bianca Nieves

VP of Growth

Michael Ioffe

Co-founder and CEO

Robert Lucy

Senior Software Engineer

Rob Klock

Software Engineer

Rachael Ghorbani

Software Engineer

Shannon Kinney

Head of Account Management

Jake Siegler

Head of Partnerships

Rosie De La Cruz

Creative Marketer

Jasper Ng

Chief of Staff


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