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Salesforce Ventures Invests in Viridis to Connect Students, Community Colleges and Jobs

If students are truly “customers,” as some developers of higher-ed tools services have argued, then it’s no surprise that the biggest customer relationship management (CRM) provider is throwing its hat—and money—into the education industry.

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BrightBytes Tried to Buy Hapara. Then a Better Offer—and a Legal Complaint—Emerged

Financial details in transactions between private companies rarely see the public light. Yet a recently settled legal complaint between two education technology startups offers a glimpse at the numbers and terms involved in the negotiation process—and what happens when a deal goes awry.

An ‘Epic’ Fundraise: Children’s Digital Book Subscription Startup Nabs $8 Million

Building a “Netflix for books” service has proven notoriously difficult. The past three years has witnessed a number of efforts, including Oyster, Entitle and Scribd, shut down or shake up their business models. Yet one player seems to be bucking the trend—and has been able to convince investors that it can be the anomaly.

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Jessie Woolley-Wilson: How ‘Benevolent Friction’ Guides DreamBox

Jessie Woolley-Wilson is a quietly powerful force in education. For the past six and half years, she has led DreamBox Learning, growing the company from a startup into one of the leading providers of online math tools for elementary school children. Her steady but firm discipline of the company is a case study in how to grow an organization, especially in a complex industry such as education. She began her career as a banker but soon realized that to be true to her core beliefs, she wanted to have a role in education.

EDUCAUSE Adds Emerging Edtech Membership for Small Companies, Hints at Overhaul

EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit that runs one of the largest higher-ed communities of universities and service providers, is opening its doors (and dropping its prices) for small companies looking to join its ranks.

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Massive Data Breaches, Billions in Wasted Funds: Who Is Holding Edtech Vendors Accountable?

In 2014, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh made a desperate appeal to the Senate to support legislation that would force businesses to more aggressively address the cybersecurity issues that
cost his university millions of dollars. His request fell on deaf ears as the bill died.

We were victims of the FAFSA breach, now we are victims again with Edmodo

Rachel Stickland, Parent

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The Next Stage for EdSurge Concierge

Over the past 24 months, the Concierge team at EdSurge has listened to more than 180 school and district administrators seeking new edtech tools. We’ve taken notes, created need profiles for more than 200 instructional problems and matched those needs with more than 450 unique products from the EdSurge Index. At the same time, with support from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, we have worked steadily on a research project testing the idea of an online diagnostic tool.

Now it's time to move to the next stage.

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?Intel Hits Pause on Edtech Accelerator

Just a few weeks ago Intel Education was advocating for edtech startups to apply for the company’s annual education accelerator program. Now, nearly a month after applications have closed, the education arm of the Silicon Valley giant has announced that their program will not be returning this fall.

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?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day. At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, eight hopeful startups took the stage to show off their ideas and the progress they’ve made under the wings of one of Silicon Valley’s originals.

What Edtech Can Learn from Theranos

In 2014, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes graced the covers of Forbes, Fortune and Inc. magazines. The next year, Holmes was named one of Time’s Most Influential People and the Stanford drop-out had raised more than $600M in private capital. When I saw her speak, I found it easy to get swept up in her vision to democratize blood testing and save lives.

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