Chegg to Buy Coding Bootcamp Thinkful for $80 Million

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Chegg , a Santa Clara, Calif.-based based publicly traded student services company, plans to buy Thinkful , a Brooklyn-based online coding bootcamp. Both companies’ boards of directors have approved the deal. Chegg had been holding onto $1.1

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Chegg Cuts $15 Million Check to Buy AI-Feedback Tool, WriteLab

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Chegg announced today that it bought the Berkeley-based startup for about $15 million in an all-cash transaction. They started the company to solve a challenge that they both knew well: how to provide fast and actionable feedback to writing students. The company has also begun partnering with other companies such as Pearson and Microsoft. That’s challenging because when you’re a small company, you’re often a lot of engeineers in a room and you’re not in the classroom."

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Fueled by Big Rounds, Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017

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edtech companies last year, the dollars returned with a fury during the first six months of 2017. This means that halfway through 2017, the funding for U.S. The 2017 number is inflated, however, by three gargantuan fundraises by EverFi ($190 million), Hero K12 ($150 million) and Grammarly ($110 million). Company. Several private-equity-backed companies have invested heavily in the “platform” approach. Company. 2017. #

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Blackboard Co-Founder: ‘4 Secrets to Building a Tech Company for Higher Ed’

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To mark the 20th anniversary of Blackboard, one of the first LMSes, the company’s co-founder, Matthew Pittinsky, wrote an epic blog post about the company’s history, which includes his advice for today’s edtech leaders. As origin stories go, the founding of Blackboard twenty years ago lacked that single light bulb moment that tech companies like to tell. The winner of the LMS market would be the company with the most widely adopted platform.

More Big Bucks for Tutoring Companies: Varsity Tutors Raises $50M in Series C Funding

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In the heartland of America, one company is raising big bucks in a bid to capture this lucrative market. Louis-based company’s $50 million Series B round, which closed in November 2015. Already boasting 4,000 tutors covering 1,000 subjects, the company is on the hunt for more teachers. That feature is a far evolution from the company’s humble beginnings in Washington University, where Cohn started the business as a student in 2007. Tutoring is big business.

?Major Textbook Publishers Sue Follett Over Counterfeit Sales

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The companies claim many of Follett’s textbooks are purchased from questionable distributors that sell illegally-copied versions. However, the company released a statement calling the lawsuit an attempt to “cripple the campus store’s ability to provide lower-cost course material options, leaving students little choice but to buy higher priced texts from the publishers.” Other textbook distributors, including Chegg, Inc.

MissionU Says It Can Replace Traditional College With a One-Year Program

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A venture-backed company today announced a new educational offering billed as an alternative to the standard undergraduate experience. He started his career as a consultant for Bain & Company, but during a trip to India when he was 25 years old he was inspired to start a nonprofit, Pencils of Promise, and to write a bestselling memoir called “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.”

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?Major Publishers Dismiss Lawsuit Against Follett Corporation

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Follett Corporation, a textbook distribution company, announced this week that it has agreed to adopt a set of “ Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices ,” a list of guidelines co-developed and endorsed by four major textbook publishers. As part of the agreement to adopt the principals, the publishers dismissed their case against Follett, which claimed the company was purchasing illegal copies of textbooks and selling them at its college stores and through other distribution channels.

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” Reminder: here are the education companies Palantir founder Peter Thiel has invested in. Via Edsurge : “What Colleges Should Know About A Growing ‘ Talent Strategy ’ Push By Companies.” Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage this week, knocking many education companies who use AWS offline. ” Via the press release : “ Cengage , McGraw-Hill Education , and Pearson have joined forces with Ingram and Chegg , Inc.

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No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. Via Mic : “On Thursday, Pearson , an education publishing company, apologized for publishing a nursing textbook section that contained racist material about treating patients from different cultural backgrounds who have acute and chronic pain.”

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Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company. ” I mean, as long as data isn’t an issue and tech companies can build voice recognition software that recognizes languages other than English and accents other than Californian. ” The Chronicle of Higher Education on Elsevier “becoming a data company.”

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” Sante Fe University of Art and Design will close at the end of the 2017–2018 school year. " It’s lovely to see the big innovation from the MOOC startups in 2017 involves the learning management system. ” “These developments suggest that open e-credentials in 2017 are indeed as inevitable as e-commerce was in 1997.” ” Pearson and Chegg are partnering for textbook rentals. The learn-to-code company has raised $1.19

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That’s a Rap! Nearpod Buys Educational Hip Hop Creator, Flocabulary

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It’s out of the ordinary when Nearpod buys a company. The Brooklyn-based company best known for fusing hip hop with educational content in music videos and instructional activities, has been acquired by Nearpod , which helps educators beam digital content to students’ devices.

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Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

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In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans. In Pearson’s 2017 full-year results report , the publisher stated that “we have concluded the strategic review of our US K12 courseware business and have classified the business as held for sale.” In July 2017, it sold a 22 percent stake in Penguin Random House for about $1 billion. (It billion) in 2017. “It The company’s revenue from U.S.

Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

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But at an all-hands meeting at the company’s Washington, D.C. headquarters in June 2017, Planet3 executives laid off the staff. Some employees hoped the company could turn around and stayed on without pay. “We The company’s primary backer also had a change of heart.

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

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Cheating on Chegg? How the Company Aims to Catch Tutoring Requests That Go Too Far. It’s no surprise that students would ask for help on platforms like Chegg, which offer digital textbooks as well as tutoring and homework help. Here’s a look at how the education company is responding. In 2016, the company reported its largest loss in its history, down $3.3 Here’s what’s next for the world’s largest education company, according to its CEO John Fallon.

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Reach Capital’s Newest Education Technology Investment Fund Closes at $82 Million

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Investing is humbling because we inevitably miss out on or pass on companies that go on to achieve great success in realizing their mission. It brought over the companies from the Seed Fund into its portfolio as well, and re-invested in 14 of them.) Since then, Reach’s focus has broadened, investing in early-stage companies building tools to support early-childhood education, postsecondary institutions and adult professional development. WriteLab (Chegg).

Acquisition Autopsy: Details—and Questions—Behind MissionU’s $4M Sale to WeWork

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Two years ago, the “college-alternative” company launched to glowing coverage on TV shows, raised $11.5 A company’s closure naturally raises question about the viability of its ideas and business model. Fast Company, which broke the story , reported that the acquisition was an all-stock deal. billion round, led by Softbank, which valued the office-sharing startup at $20 billion in August 2017. million Series A round in 2017.

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Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

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The State appropriations per full-time student have fallen from an inflation-adjusted $8,489 in 2007 to $7,642 in 2017. The overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the 2017 school year was nearly $9 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation. Cengage recently introduced a new subscription model that gives students access to all of the company’s digital course materials for a semester or an year.

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” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.). Via Techcrunch : “ Udacity grew its revenue over 100% year-over-year in 2017.” The company makes student loans based on students’ “academic data.”

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Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway. But they’re connected to the new Woz U and a web of for-profit companies – raising questions of conflict of interest and legal compliance.” So many people predicting this company would disrupt higher ed.

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