entrepreneurship

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort

Aaron Walker, founder and CEO of an incubator based in New Orleans called Camelback Ventures, believes there’s talent everywhere. That’s why his organization doesn’t make entrepreneurs accepted to its fellowship move anywhere. They can stay where they are, and continue to build their business. Each accepted organization gets $40,000 for mentoring and coaching.

Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

Playing games in the classroom is not a new concept. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. But what goes into building a game-based learning startup—or any edtech startup? At the Intentional Play Summit, a conference focused on the intersection of gaming and education in Mountain View, Calif., three entrepreneurs described what it takes to become successful in that space.

Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile for Your Edtech Job Hunt

Looking to level up in your career? Join us at one of our jobs fairsEdSurge is hosting a series of jobs fairs this October! Come join us for an evening of informal networking, panels with hiring companies, and some light bites.

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Why Edtech Executives Need to Go Back to School — as Teachers

When I was a middle school teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District, I looked longingly at the work of sales reps and trainers at edtech companies. I’d daydream about how amazing their lives must be, with leisurely 9 a.m. starts and the freedom to take breaks whenever they pleased, since they weren’t tied to classrooms full of students.

Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an edtech company’s board meeting, or what keeps founders up at night, here was your chance to find out. Earlier this month in New York City, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, AT&T’s program that finds, develops, and invests in promising edtech companies from around the world, hosted an afternoon of mock board meetings with its 2018 cohort.

Amplify’s Been Quiet. Here’s Where CEO Larry Berger Says It’s Going in 2018

In the education technology business, Larry Berger is considered—if not the smartest guy in the room, then certainly one of the wiser ones. With more than 20 years in the industry, Larry has seen the ups and downs, twists and turns.

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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.

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.

Teachers: Sometimes It’s Nicer to Say No—Especially to Edtech Salespeople

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” If all of us took Mom’s advice, the world would probably be a more pleasant place.In my years of selling technology to different industries, I’ve never encountered nicer prospects and customers than those in K-12 education. Teachers, principals, assistants, coordinators, district staff, it doesn’t matter—they’re just plain nice. Even to salespeople! They don’t yell, they return calls promptly, their emails aren’t written in all caps, and they even listen without interrupting!

Can Entrepreneurs Balance Educational and Financial Returns?

At the University of Pennsylvania, the Graduate School of Education is located directly beside the Wharton School, the campus’ business school. As a master’s student at Penn GSE during the past year, I often considered popping in next door, attending events at Wharton or even taking electives there to explore my interest in the cross-section of education and business.What I soon discovered, however, was that the close proximity of the two schools belies a relationship between two disciplines that is often contentious.

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