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News around who is making investments in education technology, including angel and institutional investors.


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...
Here’s a $1M Seed Fund to Bridge the Education and Employment Gap
INDIA INCUBATORS HEATING UP: Aspiring Minds has launched a $1 million seed fund to invest in Indian, Chinese and US startups focused on “using mobile technology and data science to address inefficiencies in the education and hiring market,” reports YourStory. Founded in 2007, the India-based developer of an employment credentialing platform plans invest the funds in the next 12 to 18 months...