Why John Doerr Invests in Edtech

MINDNUMBING NUMBERS: It’s no surprise that John Doerr, partner at venerable VC firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, likes big numbers. The dramatic uptick in smartphone adoption by students is one of the main reasons, he explains, for why he’s invested in companies like Remind, Duolingo and Khan Academy. (He probably wishes he could add Quizlet and Edmodo to that list.) “This year more than 750 million educational apps for mobile devices will be installed world-wide,” he claims.

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