Edtech Business

What Impact Investing in Education Looks Like

Sep 29, 2015

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT ‘IMPACT’ INVESTORS? Frank Bonsal III, a former teacher-turned investor based in Baltimore, breaks down the numbers in his portfolio to share what “mission-driven investing in education” looks like. Of the 27 edtech deals, 13 have been “realized” (including three write-offs) and yielded a 3X return on invested capital. This success rate, Bonsal writes, “is roughly the inverse of the strategy born by ‘swing for the fence’ venture investors” obsessed with unicorns.

Edtech Business

What Impact Investing in Education Looks Like

Sep 29, 2015

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT ‘IMPACT’ INVESTORS? Frank Bonsal III, a former teacher-turned investor based in Baltimore, breaks down the numbers in his portfolio to share what “mission-driven investing in education” looks like. Of the 27 edtech deals, 13 have been “realized” (including three write-offs) and yielded a 3X return on invested capital. This success rate, Bonsal writes, “is roughly the inverse of the strategy born by ‘swing for the fence’ venture investors” obsessed with unicorns.

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