SIX DEGREES OF PAUL FREEDMAN: The man who sold his last company, Altius Education, after losing a battle with college accreditors is back with a new edtech business: Entangled Ventures. As its suggests, Paul Freedman's new venture dabbles in many different areas; it's described by The Chronicle of Higher Education as "part incubator, part investment fund, part consultant, and part reseller of services."
One of the services will be connecting colleges with companies best able to solve specific problems. It will leverage the personal networks built over the years by Freedman, who the Chronicle claims "may well be the Kevin Bacon of the higher-education tech scene."
With $2.5 million from founders and friends, Entangled has also invested in several companies: Handsfree Learning, an assessment platform for technical skills (headed by Josh Salcman, who co-founded Virtual Nerd which was later acquired by Pearson); and Student Blueprint, a career planning tool for community college students.