Tony Wan

Korean Publisher Acquires Adaptive Math Program, KnowRe

Math is a hot subject right now—especially in the world of mergers and acquisitions. Last week, DreamBox Learning raised $130 million to grow its online K-8 math software.

Andreessen Horowitz Leads $20 Million Investment in Wonderschool, an ‘Airbnb for Preschool’

Early-childhood education is critical to helping children establish a strong foundation for growth.

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Pathrise, a Career Accelerator ‘By Students, For Students’ Raises $1.2 Million

Would you take career advice from a 23-year-old—and pay a chunk of your salary for it?That’s the question that may surface when one first encounters the team behind Pathrise, a startup co-founded by a pair of early twentysomethings (who look even younger in pictures). But what the team may lack in age, it makes up for with a staff whose resumes are padded with stints at some of the most sought-after companies including Yelp, Facebook, Salesforce, GitHub and, of course, Google.

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After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

This week, two online math instructional developers found themselves in the crosshairs of private equity firms. One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund.

K-8 Math Program DreamBox Raises $130 Million from The Rise Fund, Adds Arne Duncan to Board

“I’ve been spoiled by the likes of Reed Hastings and John Doerr,” acknowledges Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning. Those “patient investors,” she says, helped keep company running when its digital math product was still looking for its footing in the education market.

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Reach Capital’s Newest Education Technology Investment Fund Closes at $82 Million

Raising money, Shauntel Garvey admits, is not her favorite activity. It’s usually more fun to be on the other side of the table, reviewing pitches—rather than pitching.On the bright side, that experience “helps you build empathy for entrepreneurs,” says the co-founder and general partner at Reach Capital, and “what it feels like when investors ignore you, when they lead you on.”

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RaiseMe Gets $15M to Help Students Cut College Costs If They Do Well in School

Research suggests that simply paying kids for good grades doesn’t always work. But could students be better motivated with a more meaningful kind of monetary reward—say, college scholarships?

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Can a Subscription Model Work for Online Learners and Teachers? Skillshare Just Raised $28 Million to Find Out

Can a “Netflix”-like subscription model really work for online education platforms? Investors who are fond of analogies and comparisons to consumer technology successes are betting on one New York City-based company to find out.Skillshare has raised $28 million in a Series C round led by Union Square Ventures. Burda Principal Investments, along with existing investors Amasia and Spero Ventures, also chipped in. Of that amount, $8 million was raised as debt (and the rest was equity funding).

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2018 Halftime Ka’Ching Report: U.S. Edtech Raises $739M in Venture Funding

So far, there have been fewer home-run funding deals than last year. But for the U.S. edtech industry, that’s no big deal: In the first six months of 2018, 62 companies raised $739 million in venture capital.

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The Future’s Open Wide With These 60+ K-12 Education Technology Events in 2018-2019

Here we go again!Learning never stops, and neither do events that spark ideas and conversations around the future of teaching and learning. From local Edcamps in your backyard to glitzy conferences dotting the globe, these convenings showcase exciting changes happening in schools and classrooms (and humbling lessons learned along the way).

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