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Reach Capital’s 2016 Edtech Outlook, in 41 Slides
WITHIN REACH? All the money from investors, foundations and other funders has yet to make much of a dent in the systemic challenges in the U.S. K-12 education systems, according to Reach Capital. In its recently published “2016 Edtech Outlook,” the edtech venture firm (and investor in EdSurge) draws on publicly available data to assemble slides that depict the inequities that confront teachers and students today...
Message to Venture Capitalists: Here's How You Take Diversity Seriously
INVESTING IN DIVERSITY: Mitch and Freada Kapor—two frequent investors in education—have some strong words for venture capitalists. "Today, too many VC’s labor under self-serving myths and assumptions that, when spoken out loud to those of different backgrounds, turn out to be highly offensive...
Investors and Teachers Unions Upbraid Online Charter School Operator K12
THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT: K12, an online charter school provider, held its annual investor meeting December 16 to disastrous results. Investors voted down the company's plan for executive pay, and teachers unions and representatives from K12's own schools protested outside the meeting...
Majority of Investors Think Edtech Companies Are Overvalued
FROM THE INSIDERS: US edtech companies raised over $2 billion in 2015. But not everyone is celebrating—particularly investors. Two-thirds of the 50 investors, bankers and strategic buyers surveyed by Whiteboard Advisors “believe edtech companies are overvalued. “Companies without revenue, a track record, or evidence of efficacy are receiving valuations >$1m simply by incorporating and building a website,” says one anonymous respondent...