Strategy, Serendipity, Sleepless Nights: 3 Edtech CEOs on ‘Great Exits’

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Todd Brekhus learned a lesson in effective communication back in 2003. Case in point: He began receiving messages from a private-equity firm interested in his education data management platform, DataCation, after publishing an article in 2014 about how his product found traction in a market where IBM and Pearson had struggled, and sold to over 5,000 schools. At the time, he was part of PLATO Learning, a school instructional software vendor now known as Edmentum.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. More than 80 percent of the edtech startups created in the past five years will not survive through 2020.

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“Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine?” ” Pearson and Chegg are partnering for textbook rentals. “Why Fixing the Pipeline Alone Won’t End Edtech’s Diversity Problem ,” says Edsurge. Via Mark Guzdial’s Computing Education Blog : “University CS graduation surpasses its 2003 peak, with poor diversity.” Education Politics. From the Department of Education’s press release : “U.S.

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This group of older borrowers collectively hold $247 billion in student debt, an amount that has roughly tripled since 2003.” ” Mindset marketing from Pearson : “3 steps to upgrade your GRIT in education.” ” GRIT is one of Pearson’s “mindset”-oriented career success programs. “ Pearson Closes DRM-Free eBookstore , Will Delete All eBooks From Customers’ Account,” The Digital Reader reports.

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As well as teaching a graduate course at Columbia Teacher''s College in Educational Technology and directing the Technology and Innovation at The School, he is an author for Pearson''s Interactive Science Program (a K-8 Science series for 21st century schools).