Education

  • How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel Crunch Network

    How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel

    Impatience characterizes the technology sector’s approach to education. Disruption is taking place in all other sectors of society — so, why not education? I know too well, whether at Pearson or in the classroom, the challenges and frustration of developing and using digital tools that improve outcomes for students. But I’m optimistic. We are on the verge of a tide of… Read More

  • Software Developers’ Growing Elitism Problem Crunch Network

    Software Developers’ Growing Elitism Problem

    TechCrunch recently posted a guest post from the CEO of a software company attempting to discredit coding academies. I won’t spend time addressing all the issues in the post (you can read a more in-depth rebuttal or many of the insightful comments) — I’d rather talk about a serious developer elitism problem that oozes from the article. Read More

  • How To Hire Female Engineers Crunch Network

    How To Hire Female Engineers

    “I’m worried about my company becoming too dude-ish,” the founder said. “How do I hire more women engineers?” I gladly took that call. A leader’s job is to build the team with as few blind spots as possible (“diverse by construction”), then guide them to their potential. The founder who called me worries that in the competitive war for talent… Read More

  • Coding Academies Are Nonsense Crunch Network

    Coding Academies Are Nonsense

    Coding as a profession has recently catapulted from the dark rooms of nerdom into the shining light of mainstream appeal, and few people are better off for it. In 20+ years of professional coding, I’ve never seen someone go from novice to full-fledged programmer in a matter of weeks, yet that seems to be what coding academies are promising, alongside instant employment, a salary big… Read More

  • The New Era Of Youth Startups Crunch Network

    The New Era Of Youth Startups

    Facebook, Google, Yahoo — the pillars of the social revolution were all started by college students in their dorms. This was 10, 20 years ago. In the past decade, the proliferation of youth-centric startups prevails — and even flourishes. A constantly increasing 54 percent of millennials desire to start a business, according to the Kauffman Foundation, and the number of new… Read More

  • The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities

    This summer, as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I had the opportunity to honor an innovative business accelerator called First Batch. This isn’t your typical business accelerator. First Batch is a product accelerator in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, that focuses on helping entrepreneurs and makers bring physical products to market. It’s a great resource… Read More

  • General Assembly Raises $70 Million, Closing In On 25,000 Alumni Worldwide

    General Assembly Raises $70 Million, Closing In On 25,000 Alumni Worldwide

    Today, educational startup General Assembly announced a series D round of funding of $70 million. Here’s what CEO Jake Schwartz had to say about the news, including the addition of a new board member: Today we are announcing a new round of funding for General Assembly, representing over $70 million in capital from a group of leading investors. Our new investors are Advance Publications… Read More

  • If The New American Dream Is Entrepreneurship, Why Are So Many Black Millennials Missing Out? Crunch Network

    If The New American Dream Is Entrepreneurship, Why Are So Many Black Millennials Missing Out?

    Entrepreneurship is the New American Dream, and millennials are hearing its call loud and clear. However, as we explore, we all need to be conscious to not leave behind our minority groups. But rather than focusing on what is missing, we need to look toward the solution: early education. Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education

    Despite Silicon Valley billionaires’ remarkable track record of innovation, it appears they have decided to throw in the towel on higher education. Each year, many donate millions to old-line American colleges and universities that, together, graduate the same number of engineers as we did 25 years ago. STEM jobs will grow by more than 17 percent in the next decade, but an aging STEM… Read More

  • Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What? Crunch Network

    Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What?

    While hip hop may have ‘too many mc’s and not enough mics’, in tech, there are too many startups and not enough seasoned technologists. Over the last seven years, hopeful entrepreneurs have flooded the market, looking to cut their teeth in the hopes of building the next billion-dollar business. Read More

  • How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market Crunch Network

    How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market

    Most U.S. consumer Internet companies have a hard time breaking into China. Cultural differences and the Internet firewall are a huge barrier to entry. Even tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have pulled out or found themselves on the wrong side of the Chinese firewall. So how did Coursera, a relatively young company, achieve this significant milestone? Read More

  • Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing” Crunch Network

    Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

    Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through collaboration and connectivity, makers are inspiring innovation on a daily basis with the creation of smart gadgets, machines, robots and wearables. Read More

  • The Rise Of The Gig Worker In The Sharing Economy Crunch Network

    The Rise Of The Gig Worker In The Sharing Economy

    I’ve ridden in the backseat of many Uber drivers’ cars. Sometimes we exchange lively banter, other times we sit silently as I check email on my phone. There is not one driver that stands out, but rather a composite driver that I feel I’ve met a hundred times. Read More

  • Harvard Reveals It Had An IT Breach In June Impacting 8 Colleges And Administrations

    Harvard Reveals It Had An IT Breach In June Impacting 8 Colleges And Administrations

    A seventeenth-century university has become the victim of a twenty-first-century crime. Harvard University on Wednesday announced that on June 19, it discovered a breach in the IT systems of its Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration, currently impacting eight different schools and administrative organizations at the university. A copy of the memo from Anne Margulies, VP… Read More

  • Google Expands Its Educational Platform “Classroom” With A New API, Share Button For Websites

    Google Expands Its Educational Platform “Classroom” With A New API, Share Button For Websites

    Google Classroom, the company’s educational initiative that launched last year to allow teachers and students to communicate and collaborate with each other using Google tools and services, has today received a number of new features, the most notable being a new Classroom API for admins, and a Classroom share button. The latter lets developers or schools simplify sharing content… Read More

  • Google Partners With Udacity To Launch Android Development Nanodegree

    At its I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google today announced that it has partnered with Udacity to launch a six-course Android development nanodegree. The idea here is to help developers learn how to write apps for Google’s mobile operating system “the right way” up to the point where they could potentially be hired by Google itself. Clearly then, this is not… Read More

  • Why Is The University Still Here?

    Why Is The University Still Here?

    Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis. And yet after years of efforts, we have arrived in 2015 and almost nothing seems to have changed about the way we get… Read More

  • Tynker, A Startup That Teaches Kids To Code, Now Works With Robots, Drones And More

    Tynker, A Startup That Teaches Kids To Code, Now Works With Robots, Drones And More

    Tynker, a startup that teaches children the fundamentals of programming by having them build their own games, is now expanding its platform to allow kids to control connected devices, including drones, robots and other “smart home” products, like lighting systems. The company will introduce these capabilities this weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, and the… Read More

  • Tutoring Marketplace Studypool Snags $1.2 Million

    Tutoring Marketplace Studypool Snags $1.2 Million

    Studypool, a 500 Startups-backed startup offering an online marketplace that connects students with tutors on a per question basis, has just closed on $1.2 million in seed funding, after growing its site to include some 22,000 tutors and nearly double that in terms of student users. The new round, which makes co-founder Richard Werbe the youngest founder ever to raise over a million at… Read More

  • TeachMate365, A Platform For Special Needs Educators, Launches With $3M In Funding

    TeachMate365, A Platform For Special Needs Educators, Launches With $3M In Funding

    Organizing special needs education is often complicated because teachers have to juggle learning materials for students with different requirements. TeachMate365, a new cloud-based teaching platform developed by education technology startup SpecialNeedsWare and Boston Children’s Hospital, wants to make it easier for educators, therapists, and parents to collaborate so kids get the help… Read More