• The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing Crunch Network

    The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing

    Previously considered risky investments, it’s true that many edtech startups — commonly founded by “teacherpreneurs” hell bent on mending education through tech innovation — either tank or fail to achieve true scale. Why is this the case, when basic reasoning leads us to believe there is no other professional better placed to address the issues facing education… Read More

  • Powering Smart Content For Publishing Giants, Knewton Lands $51M To Take Personalized Learning Global

    Powering Smart Content For Publishing Giants, Knewton Lands $51M To Take Personalized Learning Global

    Just when it looked like the bubble might be cracking, that venture capital investment in education was stuck in the doldrums, and that the year in EdTech might end with a whimper, no bang in sight, along comes Knewton to put an exclamation point on an active December. Read More

  • Knewton Powered Ink Startup

    Knewton Prepares To Take Education by Storm [TCTV]

    Here at the World Economic Forum in Davos, among the banking, shipping, steel and transport magnates of the global economy, there are a number of technology entrepreneurs floating around. As they rub shoulders with the likes of Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker, Loic Le Meur and Robert Scoble, it’s possible to peel them off from the crowd. I managed to catch Jose Ferreira, CEO and Founder of… Read More

  • Foursquare, Scribd, And Spotify To Be Dubbed 2011 Technology Pioneers At Davos

    The World Economic Forum has announced its list of 31 Technology Pioneers for 2011. The Technology Pioneers are its list of up-and-coming startups. Last year’s list included Twitter, Playfish, and Boston Power. The year before, Mint, Etsy, and Brightcove were named. Joining the pantheon this year are foursquare, Knewton, Layar, Scribd, and Spotify. However, greentech is equally strong… Read More

  • Knewton Brings On Ex-AOLer David Liu As COO

    Online learning startup Knewton has a new chief operating officer. David Liu, the former senior VP at AOL who spearheaded its Lifestreaming efforts and is also an angel investor (SimpleGeo, BlockChalk), is joining Knewton as COO and a member of the board of directors. Knewton is an adaptive learning platform which raised a $12.5 million B round last April from Firstmark, Accel, Bessemer… Read More

  • Educational Technology Company Knewton Scores $12.5 Million More

    Online educational technology startup Knewton has completed a $12.5 million round of funding led by New York City-based VC firm FirstMark Capital, after securing a $6 million Series B round of financing a little over a year ago. Returning investors include Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, and angel investor Reid Hoffman, who are bringing the total of capital… Read More

  • After Near-Death Experience, Grockit And Its CEO Come Back Strong (Screenshots)

    Sitting across from Grockit CEO Farb Nivi, you’d never know that a few months ago he was spending weeks in the hospital and with tubes down his throat after getting hit by a minivan on his Vespa. One of his kidneys burst and half of it had to be removed. His recuperation was slow and painful, and it took a toll on his social learning startup as well. He lost some employees. … Read More

  • Knewton Bags $6 Million Series B Round For Adaptive Learning Platform

    Online educational startup Knewton has raised $6 million in Series B financing from Bessemer Venture Partners and returning investors, which include VC firms Accel Partners and First Round Capital as well as several angel investors who had participated in the $2.5 million Series A round from May 2008, such as LinkedIn founder and CEO Reid Hoffman and Zenbe co-founder Peter Stern. The company… Read More

  • Knewton Takes Adaptive Learning To The Next Level

    Textbooks are so yesterday. Yet student backpacks are still weighed down by them. Replacing those textbooks with software has been one of the great white whales of computing going back at least to Alan Kay’s original Dynabook concept 40 years ago (which he is still working on). Today, there are a slew of startups tackling the problem of e-learning (Brightstorm, iKnow, Grockit… Read More

  • Amazon Names Finalists For $100,000 Startup Challenge

    Amazon Web Services has just named the seven finalists for this year’s $100,000 Startup Challenge. The prize will go to the most innovative startup built on Amazon’s cloud-computing infrastructure. The winner will get $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and maybe even an investment from Amazon. The finalists are: Read More