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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K-12 Dealmaking: Chegg Acquires Easy Solutions; Age of Learning Raises $150 Million

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The month of May kicked off with a significant number of deals in the ed-tech sector, including acquisitions by Chegg and ACT, Inc. In addition, several companies, including Age of Learning, CodeCombat and GotIt!, Chegg Acquires Imagine Easy Solutions: The learning platform provider has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions , the provider of EasyBib.com and other writing tools, for approximately $42 million in an all-cash transaction, Santa Clara, Calif.-based

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Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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billion, according to the Software & Industry Information Association. higher education courseware in 2015, down from 50 percent the year before, according to a 2018 report from Macquarie, an investment bank and financial services company.

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

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These meetings, she says, inform how they interact with entrepreneurs. 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.) For Reach, they include Sesame Workshop and TAL Education, a Chinese education company. “We WriteLab (Chegg).

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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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. One company is responding with a new approach.

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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?” 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)? Do you know what company is “Facebook for country X?”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ 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 Data, Surveillance, and Information Security. Via Techcrunch : “ Chegg resets 40 million user passwords after data breach.”

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” There’s more education-related legal news down in the information security section below. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet. Instead, the company handed him a $90 million exit package, paid in installments of about $2 million a month for four years, said two people with knowledge of the terms.” It’s a rot at the very core of the company’s leadership team. The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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” Via Education Week : “Security Companies Sell School ‘Hardening’ as Mass-Shooting Solution.” ” Via MyNDNow.com : “ Iowa company donates AR–15s to be placed in Bismarck schools.” “Online education unicorn Udacity has quietly laid off 5% of staff – at least 25 people – since August,” says Techcrunch , proving that “ unicorn ” is really a meaningless label for tech companies.

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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.). ” Speaking of Udacity , the company has responded to the outcry about its all-male, mostly-white advisory board by dissolving it. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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Via The Wall Street Journal : “ California plans to sue one of the nation’s largest student loan companies.” Speaking of terrible ideas taken up by terrible people and terrible companies, Andrew Ng – yes, of MOOC fame – says that we should be less concerned with making self-driving cars safe and more committed to training bystanders (pedestrians? Chegg has acquired the flashcard app StudyBlue for $20.8

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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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” 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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Hack Education Weekly News

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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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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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” 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 adaptive learning company has raised $16 million total. The learn-to-code company has raised $1.19 TakeLessons has acquired digital sheet music company Chromatik. Education Politics.

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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.

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