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Ocelot, an engagement platform aimed at college students, raises $117M in its first outside funding

Higher education, at its best, aims to be less elitist and more accessible to people from all walks of life. Today, a startup called Ocelot is announcing a big round of funding to build more tools to

Byju’s clears $230 million payment to Blackstone for $1 billion Aakash deal

Byju’s has cleared all its dues to Blackstone by paying $234 million it owed the global investment giant for the $1 billion acquisition of Aakash, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch,

Antimatter brings shitposting to the classroom

“To be able to shitpost, you have to understand the subject matter really well,” Antimatter founder Jonathan Libov deadpans. “In a sense, shitposting is the highest form of conscious

General Atlantic buys out SoftBank’s 15% stake in edtech Kahoot, now valued at about $152M vs the $215M SoftBank ponied up 2 years ago

SoftBank’s retreat from its past investing exuberance continues apace. This morning, Kahoot, the Norwegian startup that provides a popular platform for people to build and use education-focused

Maven’s a16z-backed live learning platform pivots from creators to experts

Maven, co-founded by Udemy’s Gagan Biyani and AltMBA’s Wes Kao, began in 2020 with a startup idea that perfectly combined two booming sectors: the creator economy and edtech. The startup sold coho

Online university Nexford will use $8M to plug affordability and relevance gaps in education

U.S.-based online university platform Nexford University has raised $8 million in a Series A round co-led by New Markets Venture Partners and Learn Capital, two prominent edtech venture capital firms

Byju’s has no answer for its growing list of missing deadlines

It took Byju’s 10 years to become India’s most valuable startup, expanding its empire of online learning apps to many markets, including the U.S. The firm, founded by a teacher, largely avoided co

Edupia raises Series A to close the education gap in Vietnam

There’s a large education gap in Vietnam between urban centers, which have access to more resources, and the smaller cities and rural areas where 80% of students live. Edupia, an online learning pla

India asks Byju’s to explain delay in filing audited financial accounts, report says

Disney accelerator alum Miko celebrates 140-country launch

It looks like Miko’s participation in the Disney Accelerator is paying off in a big way, as the company is bringing Disney and Pixar characters to its Miko 3 robot for kids. The company launched

Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant has been fired by her board

Kimberly Bryant is officially out from Black Girls Code, eight months after being indefinitely suspended from the organization that she founded. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, a Black Girls Co

TechCrunch+ roundup: Down-funnel growth metrics, RIF planning, is e-commerce aggregation over?

It’s hard to argue with the proverb “measure twice and cut once,” especially when it comes to laying off employees.

7 investors discuss why edtech startups must go back to basics to survive

Investors are preparing for a time of going heads down, helping their portfolio companies that want to prioritize growth instead of raising more capital, and rethinking their metrics of success.

Edtech isn’t special anymore, and that’s a good thing

Edtech is facing a reality check in the form of discipline. Investors explained that while the whole startup ecosystem is slower this year, edtech hasn’t escaped that trend.

Startups among entities to face tougher laws as Kenya moves to protect personal data

Startups processing personal data in Kenya are among the entities required to register with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), as the East African country implements a law protecti

Career Karma conducts layoffs as tech jobs face a massive stress test

Learning navigation platform Career Karma has laid off 60 people across its United States and global teams, CEO and co-founder Ruben Harris confirmed to TechCrunch. While he did not share the percenta

Southeast Asia’s Creative Galileo wants to make learning fun with popular cartoon characters

People who work with kids know how difficult it is to keep them engaged with online learning content. Creative Galileo keeps children hooked by adding in their favorite cartoon characters. The Singapo

OK, don’t fear: The long shots are still getting venture funding

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single to

Cost cutting, layoffs remain leading startup themes

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Alex and Grace are back to cover the biggest, boldest and bad

Azota is solving exam headaches for Vietnam’s teachers

Creating and grading tests are some of the most time-consuming tasks teachers deal with. In Vietnam, a startup called Azota wants to help with an online software platform that not only helps educators
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