About I.Q. Joe, LLC
Introducing Zoom Math
Jeff Hatch was teaching a math class when one of his smartest students showed him a TI-83 Plus graphing calculator. “I was very impressed by the technology,” Jeff says, “but I thought I could create better software that would help all my students.” In 2004, Jeff quit his teaching job to create Zoom Algebra, an easy-to-use app which answered beginning algebra problems. His brother Rick Hatch, an experienced entrepreneur, joined Jeff in 2005 to help with marketing and Internet sales of Zoom Algebra 1.0.
Algebra Becomes Fast and Easy
Texas Instruments has sold over 40 million graphing calculators since 1990, but these calculators were difficult for some students to learn, because math problems on the calculator did not look the same as problems in a textbook. But with Zoom Algebra installed, math problems looked right. In 2006, Zoom Algebra 2.0 was released, with the added ability to show each step of an Algebra 1 problem, enabling students to correct their own mistakes.
Enter I.Q. Joe
Jeff and Rick founded I.Q. Joe, LLC in 2006. I.Q. Joe continued to attend math teacher conferences and spread the word about Zoom Math. Some math teachers gasped the first time they saw a textbook-style fraction typed in Zoom Algebra! “How did you do that?” they asked.
Zoom Math Goes Global
After Texas Instruments heard educators’ reactions to Zoom Algebra, TI asked I.Q. Joe to develop another app which would apply the Zoom Math interface to ordinary calculator operations. Beginning in 2008, Texas Instruments pre-installed I.Q. Joe’s new “App4Math” on the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. Now students everywhere can use textbook math notation on their graphing calculators at no additional charge. Since the debut of App4Math, Zoom Math apps have been downloaded in more than 100 countries around the world. “And we still have more ideas for helping even more students!” Jeff says.
"Where I was spending 20+ hours on homework, Zoom reduced it to under 10." - Lori B. Los Angeles, CA
"The Trace function is invaluable because it allows me to relax and check my work. I can catch my errors on the spot." - Lori B., Los Angeles, CA
"What I like is that it allows me to totally grasp the concepts of Algebra like never before." Lori B, - Los Angeles, CA
"Prior to using Zoom I had debilitating anxiety over math success, now that fear is completely gone." - Lori B., Los Angeles, CA
"I am a 43 yr old mom of five sons and going back to college has been a struggle and math is one of my weakest areas. I must say that ZOOM MATH got me through this hard process wonderfully" - Sabrina K. Tampa, FL
"This app has saved my life!" - Natalie W. Portland, OR
"Your programs were instrumental in helping me pass and more importantly, understand, the Algebra and Business/Finance math courses that I had to take to obtain my Associates degree." - Mark C. Buffalo, NY
"Prior to teaching myself with Zoom Math my ACT on the math section was 24 three times in a row. After studying the problems I missed with Zoom Math's Trace feature as my guide I was able to pull my math section of the ACT up to a 31. I now have a 30 composite score and a full ride to the University of Alabama and you guys are 100% responsible!" - Andrew T., Sacramento, CA
"We received my son's MCT scores from 10th grade (end of last year). He jumped 3 levels and scored highest in his class." - Kathy J. Austin, TX
"I completed my math course 6 1/2 weeks ahead of time. It would not have been possible without your ZOOM 300 SOFTWARE. If I had your product at the beginning of my 24 week course I would have completed this course within 2 weeks." - Bernard P., Los Angeles, CA