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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.

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. Some employees hoped the company could turn around and stayed on without pay. “We Planet3 found its biggest backer in Rob Roy, CEO of Las Vegas-area data center services company Switch, which invested $10 million in the company in 2015. On the education side, the company enlisted Kelly McGrath, former head of K-12 science curriculum development at Pearson, who’d become Planet3’s chief operating officer.

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5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

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In the TV series Shark Tank, entrepreneurs with budding companies pitch their ideas to a panel of investors who ask probing questions and then decide whether to back the proposals. Our sharks were Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle; Jason Jones, a co-editor of the ProfHacker blog and director of educational technology at Trinity College, in Connecticut; and Paul Freedman, founder of Entangled Ventures, an education-technology company. We do hybrid classrooms.

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