Platzi Raises $6 Million to Bring More Online Education to Latin America

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Before they founded a company together, Freddy Vega and Christian Van Der Henst were rivals. The two men joined together for a new company focused on an underserved market in tech training: Latin America. The company also boasts a sizable headcount of 117 full-time employees.

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Mark Cuban, ECMC Lead $1.8M Round for Cluster to Develop Industrial Tech Talent

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Yet the likes of Google and Facebook sometimes overshadow sectors that have been—and remain—core to the American economy: industrial manufacturing. Other investors include education technology executives, like Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt and Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig, along with Zynga founder Mark Pincus and Flatiron Health CEO, Nat Turner. The company is based in Los Angeles, home to many of these companies.

The 2019 EdSurde Annual Special: Edtech April Fool’s News That Should Stay Fake

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Chegg’s chalked up an excuse-generator to help you weasel out of doing homework, taking tests—just about anything. BACK TO THE FUTURE: Weary of unwanted scrutiny, companies that once described themselves as the “Facebook of education” are now scrambling to disassociate themselves from the beleaguered social network. HAPPY MEALS, PERSONALIZED: McDonald’s just acquired an AI tech company to personalize the drive-thru experience.

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Edtech Industry Magnate Michael Moe Makes a Pivot

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In the global marketplace and growth economy, your education and your knowledge makes the difference, not only for an individual but for a company and, for that matter, a country. public market cap companies. We’re starting to see companies emerge that are becoming large.

Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

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Bloomz , ClassDojo , Remind ), established companies ( SchoolMessenger ), and other deep pocket players from learning management system providers that already boast significant traction here. Do you know what company is “Facebook for country X?” Facebook is. This means that customer acquisition is challenging and your company’s revenue model has to be rich enough to support it. Chegg (or Amazon for that matter)? Facebook is.

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” Also Facebook ’s DC lobbyist, Joel Kaplan, who was sitting right behind Kavanaugh as he screamed at Senators. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” ” A data breach at Chegg – more details in the data and surveillance section below. The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9

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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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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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Via The Wall Street Journal : “ California plans to sue one of the nation’s largest student loan companies.” Via Techcrunch : “ Facebook is shutting down Hello, Moves and the anonymous teen app tbh due to ‘low usage’ ” The Have You Heard podcast on Theranos : “What the Sordid Saga of a Silicon Valley Start-Up Tells Us About # EdReform.” Chegg has acquired the flashcard app StudyBlue for $20.8

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No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). ” Via The Richmond Times-Dispatch : “ Police seeking Facebook release of Virginia Tech instructor’s activity.” the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. “This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’,” Edsurge writes.

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Facebook gets in the “ literacy ” business. “Facebook’s News Literacy Advice Is Harmful to News Literacy,” says Mike Caulfield. ” Pearson and Chegg are partnering for textbook rentals. The private student loan company has raised $50 million total, but I’m told “fintech” doesn’t “count” as ed-tech so let’s just ignore this trend, right? The learn-to-code company has raised $1.19

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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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” 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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