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Why Every Venture Capitalist Should Focus On Social Impact

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

My partners and I intend to change the world. We invest only in companies whose employees have a burning desire to solve a large social problem (in our case, a social problem related to learning and teaching). We turn down many potential investments that we think will make a lot of money because we don’t think the company is committed enough to doing something genuinely transformative. It is sometimes hard for us to explain why we do this. Some potential investors in our fund ask us what sort of trade-off we make between social impact...

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

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Venture Capital | Comments Off

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. Let’s start with the ideas that won’t work. What type of ed tech have venture capitalists approached with the greatest enthusiasm and the largest piles of cash? The answer is new textbook solutions, including digital textbook platforms like...

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Datapalooza: How the Federal Government is Easing the College Process

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in News | Comments Off

According to a study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, an estimated one third of all college students will transfer at least once before graduating. That is not particularly efficient. I was applying for college myself about a decade ago. I basically knew where I wanted to go to school for years, applied there early, thankfully got in, and that was that. Literally as easy an application process as one could imagine (#humblebrag), and it was still an utter pain in the ass. The process was not unlike a part-time job,...

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A Critical Transition Period for Edtech Venture Capital

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Venture Capital | 0 comments

Originally posted on Edsurge.com on 1/10/14 Two-thousand thirteen was an exciting year for the progress of the edtech venture industry, one where money poured into LMS integrations, Common Core alignment, accelerator programs, big data platforms, and MOOCs galore. But that’s so last year. Here’s what I have my eyes on as 2014 rolls around. The Public Markets The public markets are a leading indicator of an industry’s economic impact, and if we are truly hitting a maturation period of edtech, it will ultimately be reflected in the...

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Computer Programming: A New Frontier

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The New York Times (and others too, I’d imagine) issued a report earlier this week detailing the pushback from such tech giants as Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and Facebook against the well-documented sleuthy activities of the federal government, led by the NSA, and other equivalents across the world. It was the latest development in a growing friction between the owners, observers, and facilitators of online content, usage, and search activity. The big guns in the tech industry are calling for global government surveillance reform, and...

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Rethinking Energy: The Importance of Education

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Guest post by Miles Whitten, consultant at Circular Energy, proud alum of Duke University and the University of Texas at Austin, and loyal husband of over 48 hours. Wealth and power have always been associated with a higher standard of living. In the “first world” countries, particularly America, this has become increasingly tied to the extent of automation and electrification present in one’s day-to-day life. This culture of consumption – whether made manifest by the presence of a high-definition television in the...

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Why Every Venture Capitalist Should Focus On Social Impact

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My partners and I intend to change the world. We invest only in companies whose employees have a burning desire to solve a large social problem (in our case, a social problem related to learning and teaching). We turn down many potential investments that we think will make a lot of money because we don’t think the company is committed enough to doing something genuinely transformative. It is sometimes hard for us to explain why we do this. Some potential investors in our fund ask us what sort of trade-off we make between social impact...

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Lessons Learned from 40 School Years

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Guest post by Tim Kaine, senator and former governor of Virginia. Tom’s note: Inarguably, there is no single sector of the economy that influences the rest quite as directly and profoundly as K-12 education. This is the sector that prepares our future generations of leaders, innovators, producers, consumers, mothers, fathers, and citizens. As taxpayers, we all play a role in financing the K-12 education system, but a select few possess the power to heavily influence where those funds are allocated and how that system is constructed. As...

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Nice Test Scores, Can I Buy You?: @ArianFoster and the Future of Financing Talent

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in News | 0 comments

In the United States, we love our professional sports*. The pageantry of Augusta National, the primal grunting at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the uninhibited manliness of the NHL playoff beard (or a 2013 Fenway Park resident), the mindboggling athleticism occupying the NBA – all can captivate an audience of millions. And then there is the NFL. Americans simply cannot get enough of their NFL. Superbowl, playoffs, regular season, preseason, highlights, lowlights, the draft, 24/7 analysis – heck, even the NFL Draft combine gets full...

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EdTech Titans of Industry: A Reflection

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Two weeks back I had the pleasure of attending the second annual EdTech Titans of Industry Meetup hosted by Adam Aronson, Tom Krieglstein, and Sharon (no last name provided, perhaps soon to be “The EdTech Enthusiast Formerly Known As Sharon”). While the EdTech meetups put on by this trio in New York City happen with some regularity, this particular event brings some of the most influential individuals within the education venture community to the forefront. Last year, the event featured a panel of such luminaries as Jose...

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