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April 03, 2014

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight

One last post before we hit the road. A thank you to our readers and the EdWeek staff, and a review of the progress we have made since launch.

March 11, 2014

There Is No Bubble in Educational Technology: Not For Businesses That Actually Make Sense

Many people are wondering whether there is a bubble in educational technology. Has too much venture capital been invested in the sector? Have valuations gotten too high? My answer is that there is a bubble in ideas that won't work and a dearth of capital for ideas that can work.

October 21, 2013

Nice Test Scores, Can I Buy You?; The Future of Financing Talent

A Company called Fantex recently announced it will be selling stock in football superstar Arian Foster, SEC-approval and all. With this breakthrough, is it only a matter of time before we can invest in the future earnings of promising kindergartners?

October 17, 2013

EdTech Titans of Industry: A Reflection

This week marked the second annual EdTech Titans of Industry event in New York City featuring some of the top players in education: Diane Rhoten, Jonathan Harber, Gates Bryant, and George Cigale. Here are some of the highlights..

October 11, 2013

Mark it a Ten: Tech Acquirers Enter the World of Education

With the rise of ed-tech over the past few years, we have seen a steady stream of publishers, media companies, and private equity shops acting on the back-end of the venture market as the ultimate acquirers. But we have not seen a major technology company jump on board... until now, with Amazon's purchase of TenMarks

September 24, 2013

Launching a Venture in Ed-Tech, Part Two: Valuations

There seems to be this idea in venture capital that if an entrepreneur raises money at a high valuation, they have somehow succeeded. In reality, they will best succeed if they raise money at the PROPER valuation, though the process is a bit tricky.

July 24, 2013

The Heart of Darkness*: Launching a Venture in the Ed-Tech Market

Got an idea for an Ed-Tech venture? Give it a go! But first: do your homework, recruit the right partners, and, of course, be ready to do the hustle. Here are some tips.

January 07, 2013

Symbiotic Brands: Borrowing the Prestige of Stanford

The brands of both Udacity and Coursera, like many academic brands, are composed out of affiliations with many other academic brands. What else do you think of when you think of these companies? Above all, you probably think of Stanford University. The founders of both companies were Stanford professors, and, in the usual story, the foundational event was when Sebastian Thrun taught an online artificial intelligence course at Stanford that attracted 160,000 students, of whom 23,000 finished the course. In this version of the story, the MOOCs leaped into the world out of the brow of Stanford University, much as the goddess Athena leaped fully formed and armored from the forehead of her father Zeus. Another god had to split Zeus's skull open with an axe to facilitate the birth, but so far the rise of the MOOCs has not been particularly traumatic for Stanford. The spawning of Udacity and Coursera has enhanced Stanford's reputation for both pedagogical and technological innovation.

November 01, 2012

The Glass Forest

Two very different stories about capitalism and education.

October 01, 2012

MOOCs and Money

When I tell people that I am a venture capitalist who invests in educational technology companies, I frequently get asked what I think of MOOCs. And the next question is almost always whether MOOCs can make money. This is one thing I am not worried about.

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