Education

  • Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor

    Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor

    Smoking hot startup Codecademy, a service which teaches you how to program online has launched its Labs feature today, as a sign of things to come. Codecademy founder Zach Sims tells me that Codecademy, and specifically new hire Amjad Masad, built the feature because it wanted people to be able to play with what they’ve learned on Codecademy without having to download a… Read More

  • Fingerprint’s Educational Apps For Kids Are Hot: 2M+ Minutes Played This Month

    Fingerprint’s Educational Apps For Kids Are Hot: 2M+ Minutes Played This Month

    San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital, a startup building educational apps for kids, is blowing up. The company released its first apps into iTunes on December 1st, and already, it has seen over 270,000 game playing sessions for a combined total of over 2 million minutes played. And, according to CEO Nancy MacIntyre, its apps are about to reach download numbers in the six figures. In just… Read More

  • Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down

    Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down

    Computer technology has penetrated the classroom for thirty years with little impact. After hundreds of “disruptive” education startups, the best innovation in education is still the chalkboard. This isn’t the fault of the entrepreneurs, but the fault of an education system which resists innovation at every turn. Many K-12 education technology startups target teachers and… Read More

  • “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” Inadvertently Touches On Sad Education And Tech Truths

    “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” Inadvertently Touches On Sad Education And Tech Truths

    You may have read the recent Forbes editorial by Gene Marks, entitled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”, which entered instant infamy as a textbook example of a failure to comprehend privilege, or at least failure to communicate that comprehension. The internet has taken him to task for his “let them eat cake” attitude, recommending these kids utilize schoolwork-tracking… Read More

  • Late Nite Labs Raises $1.1 Million To Bring Virtual Science Education To Campuses

    Late Nite Labs Raises $1.1 Million To Bring Virtual Science Education To Campuses

    Supplemental learning resources stand to play a significant role in the changing educational landscape. The fact of the matter is that, while we might be in a higher education bubble, colleges and universities (public institutions, especially) face a challenging economic climate, which has led to budget cutbacks across the board. This is exacerbated by the increase in student enrollment… Read More

  • Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $250,000 to the Startup Weekend EDU series of events, the dedicated education-focused vertical within the non-profit. The Startup Weekend organization, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and the social learning startup Grockit, offers intense 54-hour events where entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, form teams, build… Read More

  • Knewton Strikes A Deal To Power Pearson’s Digital Education Courses

    Knewton Strikes A Deal To Power Pearson’s Digital Education Courses

    Coming on the heels of its $33 million series D financing last month, adaptive learning startup Knewton is announcing a very large deal with one of its investors, educational publisher Pearson. One of the largest education publishers in the world, Pearson is also one of the leading digital publishers, with 9 million students using its digital textbooks and course materials. It reaches an… Read More

  • Codecademy Raises $2.5 Million To Teach You How To Code

    Codecademy Raises $2.5 Million To Teach You How To Code

    The term “hot startup” gets bandied about pretty frequently. But there are few companies it applies to more than Codecademy, a startup which, of all things, teaches you how to program. Today, the company is announcing that it’s raised $2.5 million from an all-star roster to continue that mission. The $2.5 million funding round was led by Union Square Ventures, with… Read More

  • Khan Academy Triples Unique Users To 3.5 Million

    Khan Academy Triples Unique Users To 3.5 Million

    Today at The Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan, took the stage to share a few quick stats on the growth of his online video education platform. For those unfamiliar, Khan Academy is, as John Batelle noted this afternoon, one of Bill Gates’ favorite educators. It also happens to be one of mine, but I thought you’d probably resonate a bit more… Read More

  • Codecademy Surges To 200,000 Users, 2.1 Million Lessons Completed In 72 Hours

    Codecademy Surges To 200,000 Users, 2.1 Million Lessons Completed In 72 Hours

    Three days ago I wrote about Codecademy — a slick, fun way to teach yourself how to program. The app has done an excellent job minimizing the frustration often associated with writing your first lines of code, and it sports a good-looking and intuitive interface. Another plus: the initial signup flow doesn’t show up til you’ve completed your first few lessons, so… Read More

  • Codecademy: A Slick, Fun Way To Teach Yourself How To Program

    Codecademy: A Slick, Fun Way To Teach Yourself How To Program

    You’ve read the inspirational posts on Hacker News. You’ve purchased the recommended books. You’ve bookmarked the online tutorials. You even plopped down $80 on a set of instructional videos, promising yourself that the investment would only make you more motivated. And for some reason, you still don’t know how to program. Codecademy, a new site that went live earlier… Read More

  • Mr. Atari Wants To Bring The Video Arcade Into The Classroom (TCTV)

    Mr. Atari Wants To Bring The Video Arcade Into The Classroom (TCTV)

    Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E Cheese, wants to bring the video arcade into the classroom. His latest startup is called Speed To Learn, and very little is known about it. But he was just on a panel I moderated at the Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York City, where he revealed a little more of his game plan. I caught him on video after the panel (watch… Read More

  • Higher Education’s Toughest Test

    In the debate sparked by Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20 Fellowship” (which pays bright students to drop out of college), one fact stands out: the cost of U.S. post-secondary education is spiraling upward, out of control. Thiel calls this a “bubble,” similar to the sub-prime mortgage crisis, where hopeful property owners over-leveraged themselves to lay claim to a… Read More

  • Living the Knowledge Life: A Thiel Fellowship Finalist's Response

    Living the Knowledge Life: A Thiel Fellowship Finalist's Response

    Editor’s note: This post is a response to an ongoing educational debate over the efficacy of Peter Thiel’s fellowship, which encourages young entrepreneurs to “stop out” of school. The post addresses Vivek Wadhwa’s post “Friends Don’t Let Friends Take Education Advice From Peter Thiel” and Sarah Lacy’s “Peter Thiel: We’re in… Read More

  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Take Education Advice From Peter Thiel


    My friends, my followers on Twitter, and people who’ve read my previous posts know that I have a very strong opinion about education: that it is absolutely necessary in order for you to build a foundation for success. Despite having appointments at five elite universities, I am not a proponent of elite education. Rather, my research led me to conclude that ivy-leaguers may be able to… Read More

  • 2tor Raises $32.5 Million Series C To Make Online Education Great

    2tor Raises $32.5 Million Series C To Make Online Education Great

    “One reason online education isn’t that good is I don’t think it is trying to be that good,” says John Katzman, the CEO of 2tor, an online education startup that is trying to break that mold. The company, headquartered in New York City’s Chelsea Piers, just raised a $32.5 million series C financing, led by Bessemer Venture Partners. All of its existing… Read More

  • Report: Kno Considering Selling Off Hardware Unit, To Focus Solely On Software

    Kno, the company behind the tablet that’s specifically designed for classroom use, is said to be considering passing off the project’s hardware component to a third-party. So says All Things Digital, at any rate. Two companies have held talks with taking over the hardware design and production, but tricky NDAs ensure we won’t know who these companies are for some time yet. Read More

  • McGraw Hill Gets In On the Mobile Education Market

    A couple of timely education items hit my inbox this morning. First, a report suggests that U.S. students suck at science. From the report,”less than one-half of students are demonstrating solid academic performance and competency over challenging subject matter.” Granted, ‘science’ is an extremely broad term and encompasses many different disciplines, but the gist of… Read More

  • 8D World Gets $5.25 Million More To Teach English As A Foreign Language Online

    A startup based in Shanghai, with United States headquarters in Woburn, Mass., 8D World, has attracted a series B investment of $5.25 million for their educational take on massively multiplayer online games, the company announced today. Their flagship product, Wiz World Online, uses sophisticated speech assessment features to teach mostly kids and teens English as a foreign language. The… Read More

  • Shortage of Engineers or a Glut: No Simple Answer

    Ask a child if there is a shortage of ice cream in the world, and no doubt, the response will be an emphatic yes—there certainly is. And ask a tech CEO if there is a shortage of engineers, and you will get the exact same answer. That’s the story I used to tell, based on my research on engineering graduation rates and outsourcing trends. In 2005, my team shattered the myths about… Read More