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January 27, 2015

Former National Geographic Society President Eyes Ed-Tech Market

Tim Kelly, who is credited with leading the society's transition into digital media, is helping to launch a game-based learning platform, according to an SEC filing.

January 26, 2015

NewSchools' Nonprofit Seed Fund Gives Way to For-Profit Investment Arm

Plans are underway to wind down the New Schools Venture Fund's seed fund, which has supported education efforts with philanthropic dollars.

December 31, 2014

Venture Capital Investment in K-12 Tech Firms Jumps, and Evolves, in 2014

Venture capitalists poured $642 million into K-12 companies in 2014, a 32 percent jump over the previous year, according to the NewSchools Venture Fund.

October 31, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: KnowRe Raises $6.8M to Scale its Personalized Math App

KnowRe, an app that personalizes Math instruction based on student progress, raised $6.8 million in venture capital.

October 20, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Chicago Schools to Expand Pre-K with $17M Social Impact Bond

Goldman Sachs and other investors are financing a $17 million social impact bond for the Chicago Public Schools' expansion of a pre-K program.

October 10, 2014

Top K-12 Education Foundations Ranked in National Study

The top 25 foundations serving K-12 schools are ranked based on eight key performance categories, including assets, annual revenues, expenses and volunteers.

September 18, 2014

Schools' Activities to Raise Money With Businesses Don't Pay, Researchers Say

A researcher says it doesn't really pay for districts to get into the business of selling advertising or granting exclusive vending agreements.

December 27, 2013

Outside Capital Helps Build a Business, But it's Not a Business Strategy

This is a post about fundraising. The one I have to write because everyone's expecting me to write it. The one I wouldn't write if I could avoid it because I think it's the wrong thing to focus on publicly.

June 26, 2013

Independent School Governance: How It Works

In years past board members were said to be chosen for their ability to contribute one of the "Three W's: wisdom, work, or wealth." This probably remains true. Good experience and judgment will always be critical to the operation of a school, there is work aplenty for boards and board members, and the capacity to bolster the school's coffers against hard times is ever a good thing.

July 30, 2012

DIY: Raising Money

Raising money is a function of delivering the right pitch to the right person. That's true for impact seeking investments from foundations and return seeing investments from private equity investors.


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