Betsy Corcoran

Chegg Cuts $15 Million Check to Buy AI-Feedback Tool, WriteLab

Reading, writing and AI—that turned out to be the winning combination for startup, WriteLab.Chegg announced today that it bought the Berkeley-based startup for about $15 million in an all-cash transaction. (There’s an additional payment of $5 million to key employees over the next three years, assuming they stay.)

Forward Failures, Future of Work and What’s (Not) the Next Big Thing in Edtech

For the past few years, the annual NewSchools Venture Fund Summit has surfaced some of the resonant themes echoing in education reform: A few years ago, it featured the likes of billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and venture capitalist John Doerr. Later, conversations around equity and diversity dominanted. So what about this year?

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

Morning yoga, evening karaoke. No, it’s not a spa vacation. Between those bookends, the ASU+GSV Summit, now in its 8th year, is fueled by nonstop mingling and convening. This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs.Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. Shop talk was increasingly led by international participants from Paris to Israel—and especially from China, whose global ambitions are undisguised and undeniable.

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K-12 Entrepreneurship: Slow Entry, Distant Exit

In October 2007, Larry Berger, then chief executive of Wireless Generation and his colleague, David Stevenson, a Wireless Gen vice president, gave a presentation at the American Enterprise Institute conference about why entrepreneurs faced formidable obstacles in building technology for schools and districts.

China’s NetDragon to Acquire Edmodo for $137.5 Million

China’s NetDragon has gobbled up another education technology company. This time, it’s Edmodo, one the largest online social communities of teachers and students in the world.NetDragon Websoft, a publicly-traded company based in Fuzhou, China, has agreed to pay $137.5 million for Edmodo. That deal includes a modest cash outlay of approximately $15 million and a significant chunk of equity (about $122 million worth of shares in NetDragon's education subsidiary.)

What’s That Liberal Arts Degree Worth?

Sure, coding is cool. But what about those of us who earned a degree in say, English, anthropology or some other classic “liberal arts” degree?Looking to level up in your career?EdSurge is hosting a series of spring fairs this April! Come join us for an evening of informal networking, panels with hiring companies, and some light bites.

How To Find a Job When You’re Not Looking

Economists call the current economic conditions a “Goldilocks economy,” one that’s neither too hot nor too cold. That’s great news for both job seekers and employees. Companies are still hiring. Equally good—the economy is steady enough that if you’re employed, you might just have enough breathing room to think about what you really want to do.

Announcing IMMERSION: the most hands-on, info-packed event we’ve ever created for companies

On April 15, EdSurge is hosting a one-day clinic on building your edtech business, EdSurge IMMERSION.This will be the most hands-on, info-packed session we’ve ever created for edtech entrepreneurs--and we hope you’ll consider joining us.

Online Degrees Find a Spot in Workspaces in 2U-WeWork Deal

2U said yesterday that it had formed a partnership with shared workspace company, WeWork. Any of the 13,000 students enrolled in the graduate degree programs that 2U hosts will be able to use the WeWork offices for free.It’s the second deal cut by 2U chief executive, Chip Paucek, within the last 18 months, and it’s one he hopes will give a boost to both 2U students--and to his company.

What We Learn from the Edtech Games the Government Plays

What can you learn from some of the games the government has going on?For starters: Algebra, history, chemistry, English and yes, even civics and how to brush your teeth. Monday was the fifth annual ED Games Expo, held at the the famed Washington performance hall, the John F. Kennedy Center.

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