The History of Top Hat
Growing, growing, grown!
Top Hat has been used across 500 universities and about half a million students.
Drop it like it's hot
The company formerly known as Top Hat Monocle drops the Monocle and becomes Top Hat.
Hello windy city
Top Hat opens its Chicago office.
Toronto gets a chef!
Head office hires Todd to keep the Toronto office full. Not only can he cook, but he is an opera singer.
In September, 100,000 students are using Top Hat at over 180 universities.
Series A raised
Top Hat raises its first VC Round. Investors include Emergence Capital Partners, iNovia Capital, SoftTech VC, Version One Ventures and Golden Venture Partners.
Campus wide in Tennessee
In January, Top Hat sees its first campus wide adoption at Tennessee Tech.
Yonge and Carlton
The Top Hat team moves to their current office in Toronto and opens a satellite office in San Francisco.
They grow up so fast
Top Hat has 22,000 active students at about 35 universities.
Calgary is calling
Top Hat lands its first department wide adoption at the University of Calgary.
The royal wedding
The world holds its breath as the soon to be Queen of England’s sister steals the show.
Top Hat enters its first school in the US at the University of Buffalo.
The angels descend
Top Hat Monocle graduates from The Accelerator Center and raises a round of Angel funding. They move to their very own office in Waterloo.
In September, Top Hat Monocle launches. 5 Universities, 15 Professors, and 3,500 students are using the system in their classes.
Apple unveils the iPad
Steve Jobs casually sits down on a couch and shows the world the device they don’t even know they already want.
Demos and text messages
After receiving a grant from the University of Waterloo, Mike and Mohsen take some time off from school to pursue their dream. They join The Accelerator Centre and focus on building out a library of interactive demonstrations and adding SMS texting capabilities.
Mike totals his car on his way to a very, very important meeting. Luckily he had a CAA membership.
Top Hat Monocle gets its first two pilots at the University of Waterloo.
Barack Obama becomes president
Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th, and first African American, President of the United States.
Mike and Mohsen meet
Inspired by the number of laptops in class, they build software that allows students to view and manipulate interactive demonstrations on their browsers. They snag the Top Hat Monocle domain.