Transforming the way the world learns
The future is shaped by the way we teach and learn in the present. We’re in the middle of one of the great revolutions in the history of education. New technologies are not only intensifying classroom learning, but creating a world in which any Internet-enabled device can become a classroom on demand.
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A social network for students, teachers and educators.Visit Site
Coursera’s comprehensive education platform combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content and a global community of peers, offering students a unique online learning experience.Visit Site
A next-generation campus with coworking, startup incubation, and live-streaming classes, making business school obsolete for those interested in the internet sector.Visit Site
Udemy is a platform that empowers anyone to teach and learn online, offering a marketplace of thousands of online courses from the best instructors in the world.Visit Site
Bridge International Academies
Bridge International is building the most scalable, ultra-low cost private school network in the world.Visit Site
Brilliant Scholars is a series of academic challenges that surfaces the most gifted young people in the world.Visit Site
High quality and engaging math games with integrated student analytics.Visit Site
An online community empowering the next generation of scouting, inspiring kids to engage in hands on learning and participate in the maker movement.Visit Site
Enables classroom teachers to discover iPad apps for personalized learning and individualized skill deliveryVisit Site
BrightBytes delivers tools and services that measure the impact of technology use on learning.Visit Site
Cloud-based teacher evaluation, data capture and insights platform powering a new generation of professional development.Visit Site
Bloc is the first code learning platform that allows you to learn by building and deploying real web apps in the cloud.Visit Site
Realtime behavior management tools that help teachers decrease the time they spend dealing with negative behavior so they can focus on teaching.Visit Site
A next generation hiring solution focused on skills demonstration, using technology to target an omnipresent problem for companies and individuals alikeVisit Site
A rapidly growing literacy platform that lets anyone create beautiful, art-inspired stories in seconds.Visit Site
Kalibrr is an online platform that helps users apply to and train for BPO jobs across the world.Visit Site
A highly flexible, ultra low cost production model for generating Common Core digital curricula that rapidly iterates and improves through use.Visit Site
First cross-device music performance, collaboration, and instruction platform.Visit Site
Transforming the graphing calculator into a rich mathematics exploration and journaling tool that is natively social.Visit Site
Collaborative, experimental courses from top universities fostering core competencies.Visit Site
A platform to connect Common Core assessments of student progress with classroom practice.Visit Site
Individual mentoring over video, encouraging individual attention for students across disciplines.Visit Site
The leading video hosting and distribution platform for student-generated video content in schools, already in use at more than 40% of US schools.Visit Site
A content sharing and curation service designed specifically for K12 students and teachers.Visit Site
A first-ever literacy learning experience combining high-quality curricula with social interactions and innovative Hollywood-style production.Visit Site
App based undergraduate tutoring, review sessions, and study guides from qualified peers.Visit Site
A blended learning program with support from school district partners, focused on academic performance in a positive behavioral intervention and support setting, while taking full advantage of technology-based learning resources.Visit Site
No Red Ink
A teacher-created writing app that helps students practice their grammar through customized and adaptive online quizzes.Visit Site
A beginner-friendly, common core aligned computer science curriculum making it easier for schools to teach computer science.Visit Site
Singularity University educates and accelerates the work of scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators and other leaders.Visit Site
Peer-to-peer language tutoring via video. Login and practice with native-language peers from around the world within minutes.Visit Site
The first anyone-to- anyone marketplace of guides for in-destination experiences.Visit Site
Brownie Points is a math practice and learning platform that rewards children for improving their math skills.Visit Site
Junyo is an adaptive learning analytics platform that makes it easy to measure student learning, analyze data and act on the results.Visit Site
Pioneer of mobile-social educational games for social science classrooms, encompassing subjects with the highest course enrollments in higher educationVisit Site
A fundraising platform allowing parents and schools to raise money from local businesses.Visit Site
The creator of the award-winning music education app, Pluto Learns Piano.Visit Site
An online social learning network where students can instantly get and receive help in any subject.Visit Site
Increasing clarity and awareness around the factory production process.Visit Site
An ipad app making it easier for teachers to create and share visual tutorials.Visit Site
What we're thinking about
Edtech has been experiencing a boom unlike anything the sector has ever witnessed. If you look at the number of edtech startups that are discussed each year in startup digests like Tech Crunch, you’ll find the mentions have exploded. In tracking we do here, the numbers have ballooned from approximately 20 articles in 2008 to over 300 articles in 2012. Here’s our rough and ready TC-EDU index (and we’d welcome it if folks wanted to send us their own indices):
Robert J. Hutter
Robert J. Hutter is Managing Partner of Learn Capital. He was co-founder of Edusoft (acquired by Houghton-Mifflin), one of the most widely used assessment management platforms in US public education. Rob is a patent holder in games-based adaptive learning and is the founder of a tax credits partnership administered by the U.S. Treasury focusing on high performance schools.
In addition to his background in education, Rob was co-founder of Gazillion, a developer of massively multiplayer online videogames featuring Marvel Entertainment franchises, and was co-founder of SmartDrive, a developer of life saving solutions for fleet vehicle operators that was recently named to the Wall Street Journal Top 50 Venture-Backed Startup List. Earlier in his career, Rob worked at Fundamental Capital and was instrumental in the founding stages of Silicon Spice which sold to Broadcom for $1.2 billion. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Greg Mauro is a Managing Partner of Learn Capital. Greg was a member of the inaugural foundation board at High Tech High schools in San Diego and is a co-founder of RCV, a facilities financing fund for high achieving schools. As an entrepreneur and investor, Greg has been on the founding team of five ventures that have received over $500M in venture capital. He was founder and CEO of Nextivity, a breakthrough indoor coverage provider with customers including Vodafone and T-Mobile. Nextivity was the 2009 CONNECT Most Innovative Product Award winner and is a Fierce Wireless Top 15 company. He was also founder and President of SmartDrive, a provider of onboard vehicle risk management and a Wall Street Journal Top 50 Startup. Prior to SmartDrive, Greg was founding Vice President of Business Development at Entropic, where he authored the original business plan and led strategic investment efforts. Now public, Entropic (ENTR) includes Verizon, Time Warner, Comcast, and DIRECTV as investors and Entropic technology powers the in-home video networking for each.
Tom Vander Ark
Tom Vander Ark is a Partner at Learn Capital. Previously, he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent for one of Washington State’s larger school districts that has been recognized for narrowing achievement gaps and reducing administrative costs. Tom also has extensive experience in the private sector serving as a senior executive for retail start up PACE Membership Warehouse that achieved $5 billion in revenue and was sold to K-Mart.
Tom is director of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and advises a number of education reform groups. He’s the author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and blogs at GettingSmart.com.
Michael Staton is a Partner at Learn Capital. He is the founder and former CEO of Inigral, the pioneer of Social Enrollment Management technology in Higher Education and the first Lifecycle Engagement Platform. For Inigral, Michael secured the first ever venture investment from the Gates Foundation into a private company. Because of his years as a public school teacher and his intuitive understanding of K12 education, Michael served as a Venture Partner and still serves as a Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s EdTech Portfolio. Michael was declared a top one hundred innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is on the advisory board of SxSW EDU, the ASU Education Innovation Summit, and the Higher Education Working Group of the American Enterprise Institute and the New America Foundation.
Jennifer Lee is a Principal at Learn Capital. Prior to Learn Capital, Jennifer worked with for-profit, impact investment funds in both domestic and emerging markets. She was an independent consultant for ImpactAssets, where she helped establish a platform for their donor-advised funds to invest in seed stage enterprises. Other work experience includes serving as Vice President and Relationship Manager for the Asia and Middle East (AME) region at Developing World Markets, an asset manager and investment bank dedicated to investing in inclusive financial institutions in emerging markets. At DWM, she led investments into 17 countries, was responsible for leading the AME team, helped conceive and executed the firm’s investment strategy for the AME region, conducted due diligence, and managed post-investment relationships. Jennifer started her career at Lehman Brothers, as the strategist for the U.S. Treasury, Treasury Futures, and Swaps markets. Jennifer earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Management Science at MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Global Operations Partner
Luis Pinto is the Global Operations Partner. Previously, he led the internationalization effort at Intel’s biggest worldwide Partner for K12 Classmate PC solutions (JP-IK’s Magellan). In 5 years the initiative reached more than 70 governments, generated business in 30 active countries, created a new channel partner network with 200+ members, impacted 10M+ students, and managed $300M+ yearly revenues. Luis was instrumental in driving sales and managing government relationships in the regional contexts of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Luis holds a MsC from Cranfield and was Founder of a sustainable development management consulting firm, Sustinova. He also worked for 9 years at Microsoft where he was Director of OEM Sales and Member of Board for Microsoft Portugal. Luis is fluent in four languages and has travelled to more than 60 Countries.
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