Edtech Business

WeWork to Shutter Its Private Elementary School After Current School Year

WeGrow, the division of WeWork that operated a private elementary school, will close its doors after the current school year. A spokesperson for WeWork (officially called The We Company) said it “will continue to operate WeGrow through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.” But “as part of the company’s efforts to focus on its …

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How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

The Indira Gandhi Stadium, India’s largest indoor arena with the capacity to seat about 20,000 people, played host to an event in 2013 much different than its usual lineup of concerts and badminton competitions. A packed crowd of students between country’s equivalent of sixth and 10th grades, sat for a math lesson from a 38-year-old …

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Illuminate to Sunset Student Information System in 2021

Illuminate Education will stop support for its student information system in two years, before the 2021 school year. In an email sent Tuesday morning, the company notified customers to plan for a replacement for the Illuminate Student Information product, also known as ISI. The email, signed by Illuminate CEO Christine Willig, says customers must switch …

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Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

“Curriculum is becoming commoditized.” So says Jason Palmer, a general partner at New Markets Venture Partners. And he’s not alone. In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). That can give them pause when it comes …

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A Bored Student Hacked His School’s Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?

This week on the podcast we’re talking about cybersecurity at schools—and how secure, or in some cases how vulnerable, the tech systems in school systems are these days. We’re focusing on a pretty unusual story about Bill Demirkapi, who had a pretty odd hobby while he was in high school in Lexington, Massachusetts. While many …

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Edtech Industry Magnate Michael Moe Makes a Pivot

Over the past decade, Michael Moe and his business partner, Deborah Quazzo, have been central players in building the education technology economy. Together they have run the ASU GSV Summit, the annual must-go-to event for business leaders and investors in edtech. A decade ago, Moe had two galvanizing ideas—one focused on investment opportunities and one …

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