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Ed tech startups compete for modest prizes from Gates Foundation, Facebook

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Every time you unlock your phone, you likely type in the same, boring old code. But imagine if, each time you wanted to use it, your phone prompted you translate a Facebook friend’s status message into Spanish or French or another language of your choice. It might not make you...
Ed tech startups compete for modest prizes from Gates Foundation, Facebook

Boundless Learning raises $8 million to disrupt the textbook industry with free online course books

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As college tuition costs increase, the cost of buying a semester’s worth of textbooks poses an added burden to university students. That coupled with the physical weight of textbooks, and the fact that many science and technology books are likely to be outdated within a few years, paints a picture...
Boundless Learning raises $8 million to disrupt the textbook industry with free online course books

More fodder for bubble debate: ed tech startups get $1.1B in 2012

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Ed tech bubble watchers just got more fuel for debate: venture capital database CB Insights reported Monday that ed tech companies received a total of $1.1 billion in 2012 from venture capitalists, angel investors, corporations and private equity shops. That’s down just a hair from the $1.14 billion the sector took...
More fodder for bubble debate: ed tech startups get $1.1B in 2012

Schoology bets $250k on open education data challenge

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Last year, we saw momentum build for open data in education with the launch of data startups LearnSprout and Clever, the creation of the non-profit Shared Learning Collaborative and the release of more government education datasets. But New York-based Schoology wants to step on the gas and is putting up $250,000...
Schoology bets $250k on open education data challenge
Curious opens box on lifelong learning with $7.5M to support teachers online
Exclusive: Desire2Learn buys Bill Gates-backed 'virtual guidance counselor' Degree Compass
Coursera signs on 29 more schools to offer free online courses

Education data startup Clever hits big milestone, makes new hire

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When Y Combinator ed tech startup Clever launched in June, the startup accelerator’s co-founder Paul Graham challenged the group to reach 40 schools by Demo Day. But when the company takes the stage to present its service with the rest of the startups graduating today, it won’t be announcing that...
Education data startup Clever hits big milestone, makes new hire

Flush With $80M, Desire2Learn Buys 'Anti-Sharepoint For Students' Platform Wiggio, Its 2nd Acquisition In 2 Months

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Desire2Learn, the online learning platform based out of Waterloo, Ontario in Canada that raised $80 million in September 2012, is stepping up to the M&A plate. Today, we’ve learned, and confirmed, that the company is making its second acquisition in as many months by buying Wiggio, a collaboration platform for students....
Flush With $80M, Desire2Learn Buys 'Anti-Sharepoint For Students' Platform Wiggio, Its 2nd Acquisition In 2 Months
Ed-tech CEOs from Udacity and Khan Academy call for disruption in higher-ed

Learnist - a 'Pinterest for Education' - releases apps for iPhone, iPad

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Learnist, a Pinterest-like social learning platform from ed tech company Grockit, launched in May to let teachers and students of all kinds can create “learn boards” for everything from 8th grade English standards to data visualization to punk music. On Thursday, the company is announcing that it is rolling out...
Learnist - a 'Pinterest for Education' - releases apps for iPhone, iPad
Ed-tech startup promises its Amazon-like recommendation tool will get you through college faster

Instagrad tackles student loan debt with crowdfunding platform for college (exclusive)

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion and yet the cost of college tuition continues to rise. Instagrad launched its attempt to solve this problem today. The startup has built a crowdfunding platform to help parents pay for their...
Instagrad tackles student loan debt with crowdfunding platform for college (exclusive)

Salesforce Acquires Evernote-Like Web Clipping Service Clipboard For Double-Digit Millions, Service Shut Down In June

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Clipboard, the web clipping service which operated as something of a cross between Evernote and Pinterest, has been acquired by Salesforce. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we’re hearing that it was mostly cash, and that the final figure was in the “double digit millions.” The startup had...
Salesforce Acquires Evernote-Like Web Clipping Service Clipboard For Double-Digit Millions, Service Shut Down In June

Best Tech Events This Week (Happy Holidays!)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. So we...
Best Tech Events This Week (Happy Holidays!)
Lore brings educational social networking to the classroom

Zynga Spends $1 Million To Launch A New Tech Accelerator (ZNGA)

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Zynga has agreed to invest $1 million from its philanthropy fund, Zynga.org, to create a new accelerator for education tech in San Francisco, Zynga announced today. The accelerator is being run with the NewSchools non-profit venture fund, which has had many big-name backers including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...
Zynga Spends $1 Million To Launch A New Tech Accelerator (ZNGA)
Startup News: Brooklynites Can Now Learn Kickstarter at The Yard; DuJour Debuts

9 Latin American education startups you should know

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The ed-tech space is heating up all around the world, and this is also true in Latin America, where online startups have the much-needed potential to disrupt education and democratize it. This isn’t only about replicating successful US business models, as many of these would be useless in the region, Educabilia‘s...
9 Latin American education startups you should know

Three Tips For a New Wave of Ed-Tech Entrepreneurs

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Here’s a little-known fact: Schoolteachers are some the most hardcore early-adopters on the Web today. This hyper-connected community represents an enormous opportunity for ed-tech entrepreneurs, and is the key to success for any ed-tech startup. With the advent of social media, teachers across the world are forming enormous online communities...
Three Tips For a New Wave of Ed-Tech Entrepreneurs

Can microscholarships help fix financial aid? Raise Lab tries new model

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As student debt levels reach new highs – the total outstanding debt just topped $1 trillion – it’s hard to argue that the current model of financial aid isn’t in need of a fix. In the past couple of years, startups like Pave, Upstart, Campus Slice and CommonBond have started promoting...
Can microscholarships help fix financial aid? Raise Lab tries new model

After finding users want more than just ed-tech content, Learnist plans for expansion

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Learnist may have launched out of a company focused on test prep and more formal education, but the social learning site is quickly showing that its appeal is much broader. Since its launch about a year ago, the service, which was created by startup Grockit to enable users to curate...
After finding users want more than just ed-tech content, Learnist plans for expansion
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Instructure raises $30M to light up learning with better technology
Duck Duck Moose puts $7M in its stew pot

Ed tech accelerators go corporate: Pearson and Kaplan launch startup programs

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Have an idea for an ed tech startup? Now might be a good time to go forward with it, because in the last month not one, not two, but four new ed tech accelerators have launched. Earlier this month, we reported on the launches of Boston’s LearnLaunchX and New York’s...
Ed tech accelerators go corporate: Pearson and Kaplan launch startup programs
Gamedesk's "Classroom of the Future." Why is it so hard to reinvent K-12 education?
Facebook & Gates Foundation expand their education hackathon

As ed tech heats up, Desire2Learn raises $80M in its first VC round

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Since launching in 1999, Desire2Learn, a Canadian ed tech company that shares a hometown with Research in Motion, has bootstrapped its way to profitability. But after more than a decade of going it alone, the company on Tuesday said it had raised $80 million from Menlo Park-based New Enterprise Associates...
As ed tech heats up, Desire2Learn raises $80M in its first VC round
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Acclerator kicks off its next class of 10 startups
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