Education is part of health and happiness as a means of intellectual and financial empowerment and as a vector for delight. Happiness can be enhanced by the acquisition of new skills. Where education was once the province only of formal institutions and largely as part of long-term pedagogical programs, today education is becoming a pure consumer product. It is available by the course, by the class, or by the experience, whenever and wherever desired. Professional grade skills, and the certifications that come with them, can be obtained in the precise measures required by the market, and often at no immediate cost to the student.
College offers a myriad of activities outside of the classroom and college has traditionally been the time for young adults to discover and explore their interests. But if you walk through any college campus, you’ll see a litany of activities that frankly can be overwhelming. Rah Rah is the campus engagement platform that centralizes all that college has to offer in one easy-to-use app. CEO and Cofounder Cooper Jones walks us through the need for Rah Rah, building a connected digital experience for academic institutions and students, and the company’s recent funding round from Workday executives Dave Duffield and Phil Wilmington.
COVID has brought digital tools to the forefront when it comes to learning and children and a number of challenges that were never expected. ClassTag was prescient in this respect with its digital communication platform that connects educators and parents to ensure that parents are engaged in their child’s education. CEO and Cofounder Vlada Lotkina met her cofounder Jason while they were their children attended the same pre-school to address the challenges they faced as parents of school-age children. ClassTag now has 24K active schools on the platform with 2 million engaged parents. Vlada shares some insight into the journey of scaling the business, the company’s future plans, and latest funding, which brings its total funding raised to $11.6M
Lesley Eccles cofounded a unicorn with her husband. The toll on a relationship that building a flourishing business brings led her to launch an interactive relationship training app so that what we can all be our best selves for our partners. Meet Relish…
Teachable, the edtech platform that allows anyone to affordably create and sell online courses, has been acquired by Hotmart, a global platform for online courses. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed but sources close to the transaction have indicated that the transaction amount was approximately $250M. Founded in 2016 by Ankur Nagpal and Conrad Wadowski, […]
Meet EdSights, the text messaging chatbot that’s helping universities to reduce dropout rates. Cofounders Claudia Recchi and Carolina Recchi tell us more.
With the cost of collegiate education soaring, many are questioning the value of pursuing higher education. Outlier.org is tackling this problem head-on with its online learning platform that allows students to complete entry-level courses online for credit at a fraction of the cost of traditional courses. The courses in the curriculum are gracefully designed and […]
littleBits Electronics, the open-source library and maker of electronic modules and kits to foster STEM learning, has been acquired by Boulder-based Sphero. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “When I studied engineering, it was top-down, test-based,” said Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits. “I hated it and wanted to quit every semester. Then I […]
The student loan crisis has always been a hot topic and it’s estimated that student loans collectively totals at a whopping $1.4 trillion dollars. The risings cost of education are making students question the return they will receive from their educational endeavors. Climb Credit believes there is a way to solve this dilemma. The startup founded […]
How-to videos are more popular than ever and Instagram Stories and Snapchat has made How-to videos a preferred medium to learn and teach new things. NYC startup Jumprope‘s platform empowers people to create how-to videos through a unique step-by-step format that allows anyone to build an informational how-to video without any previous video editing or specialized skills. […]
Many people tend to turn to various figures – celebrities, influencers, bodybuilders – for answers about food and how to live a healthy lifestyle, but you can’t look at others to understand your personal relationship with food. Noom helps people live a healthier lifestyle through its interdisciplinary, psychology-based program that is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral […]