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Snowman, the studio behind Alto’s Adventure and others, launches a kids app company, Pok Pok

Snowman, the small studio behind award-winning iOS games Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey, Skate City, and others, is spinning out a new company, Pok Pok, that will focus on educational children’s entertainment. Later this month, Pok Pok will debut its first title, Pok Pok Playroom, aimed at inspiring creative thinking through play for the preschool crowd. The launch takes Snowman back to its roots as an app maker, not a games studio. In fact, the company’s first iOS app, Checkmark, had been in ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Kids, Families, Education, Video Games, Parents, Disney, Toronto, Tech, Ios Apps, Snowman


Extra Crunch roundup: How Duolingo became an edtech leader

The pandemic has just pushed edtech mainstream, but language-learning startup Duolingo had already spent the past decade figuring out how to build a successful edtech app. In our latest installment of the EC-1 series, Natasha Mascarenhas goes deep with the company to understand how it found product-market fit, then figured out how to grow like a consumer tech startup and monetize like a SaaS startup. After a record 2020, the Pittsburgh-based company also opened up about its plans for the future,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Utah, Education, Ipo, Boston, Tech, CMO, Bloomberg, Paypal, United States, Nba, Square, Holland, SEC


Indian online teaching platform Teachmint raises $16.5 million

An Indian startup that began its life after the global pandemic broke last year said on Tuesday it has concluded its third financing round as it enables hundreds of thousands of teachers in the world’s second largest internet market run classes online and serve their students. Bangalore-based Teachmint said today it has raised $16.5 million in its Series A financing round. The round was led by Learn Capital, the San Francisco Bay Area-headquartered venture capital firm that focuses on edtech fir...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Bangalore, San Francisco Bay Area, Gupta, Better Capital, Learn Capital, Lightspeed India Partners, Vinit Sukhija Partner, Teachmint, Brainly Better Capital


Yak Tack is a super simple app to boost vocabulary

Word nerds with a love for linguistic curiosities and novel nomenclature that’s more fulsome than their ability to make interesting new terms stick will be thrilled by Yak Tack: A neat little aide–mémoire (in Android and iOS app form) designed for expanding (English) vocabulary, either as a native speaker or language learner. Yak Tack uses adaptive spaced repetition to help users remember new words — drawing on a system devised in the 1970s by German scientist Sebastian Leitner. The app’s core m...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Education, Tech, Edtech, Bootstrapping, Gusto, Language Learning, Japan Germany, Jeremy Thomas, COVID-19, Yak Tack, Sebastian Leitner, Oxford Merriam Webster, Wikpedia, Tack Board


Amira Learning raises $11M to put its AI-powered literacy tutor in post-COVID classrooms

School closures due to the pandemic have interrupted the learning processes of millions of kids, and without individual attention from teachers, reading skills in particular are taking a hit. Amira Learning aims to address this with an app that reads along with students, intelligently correcting errors in real time. Promising pilots and research mean the company is poised to go big as education changes, and it has raised $11 million to scale up with a new app and growing customer base. In classr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Learning, Education, Funding, NFL, Tech, Reading, Schools, Machine Learning, Angel, Houston Texans, Edtech, Amira


Indian edtech giant Byju’s to expand to international markets

Byju’s said on Thursday it will expand to international markets in the second half of next month as the Indian edtech giant, valued at over $13 billion, looks to accelerate its growth. The Indian edtech giant, which acquired 33-year-old tutor Aakash for nearly $1 billion earlier this week, plans to launch in the U.S., UK, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico next month and explore other geographies later this year, it told employees in an email today. The startup’s international business will be oversee...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, Mexico, India, Tech, Brazil, Byju, Byju's, Whitehat Jr, Karan Bajaj, UK Brazil Indonesia


Byju’s in talks to acquire US-based reading platform Epic

Byju’s is eying acquisition of a startup that could help the biggest e-learning Indian firm deepen its footprint in the U.S. The Indian startup is in talks to acquire online reading platform Epic, a startup that offers unlimited access to over 40,000 books, videos, and quizzes from more than 250 publishers to kids aged 12 or younger, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal values Epic at “significantly” over $300 million dollars, according to one person, who like the other ...
Tags: Apps, Education, California, India, US, Tech, Netflix, Epic, New Delhi, Sam, Osmo, Aakash, Walmart Target, Byju, Evolution Media, Byju's


Apple launches the ‘Apple Teacher Portfolio recognition, updates Schoolwork and Classroom apps

Apple this morning announced a handful of education-related updates to its suite of classroom apps as well as a new recognition for teachers, called the Apple Teacher Portfolio. Teachers who complete a total of nine lessons where they learn foundational skills on iPad and Mac to become an officially recognized Apple Teacher will be able to submit their portfolio of lesson examples to earn the Apple Teacher Portfolio recognition. They can then also share their portfolio with their colleagues or u...
Tags: Apple, Google, Ipad, Apps, Education, Mac, Tech, Computing, Tablet Computers, Clips, Facetime, Teacher, Google Classroom, Garageband, Apple Inc, Classroom


Google’s Family Link updates reflect the pandemic’s impact on how parents view screen time

Google is making changes to its parental control system, Family Link, that aims to better reflect parents’ changing views on children’s screen time. In the pre-pandemic world, parents were more likely to see screen time as something in need of restriction — they’d rather their kids get offline or go outside to play with friends, perhaps. But the challenges of a locked-down world and the push towards virtual learning have impacted parents’ views. Google says today’s parents are more concerned abo...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, Technology, Kids, Families, Education, Parents, Tech, Smartphones, United States, Screen Time, Mobile Applications, Tiktok


Leap raises $17 million to help Indian students study abroad

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults get on flights each year from India to a foreign land to pursue higher education. Upon landing, they face a myriad of challenges: They don’t have a local credit history, so they can’t avail a range of financial services including a loan or a credit card — at least not without paying a premium for it. For banks and other financial institutions, there is an increased risk when they engage with foreigners, so they charge more. An Indian student st...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, Finance, Singapore, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Bangalore, Jungle Ventures, Kumar, Leap, Owl Ventures


James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems leads $31 million investment in India’s Doubtnut

Doubtnut, an Indian startup that helps students learn and master concepts from math and science using short videos, has raised $31 million in a new financing round, months after it rejected an acquisition offer from India’s largest edtech firm Byju’s. The three-year-old Gurgaon-headquartered startup said SIG and James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems led the $31 million Series B funding round. Existing investors Sequoia Capital India, Omidyar Network India and Waterbridge Ventures also participated in the...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, James Murdoch, Edtech, Gurgaon, Murdoch, Sig, Lupa, Byju, Uday Shankar, Sequoia Capital India, Waterbridge Ventures


SplashLearn raises $18 million for its game-based edtech platform

SplashLearn, a 10-year-old U.S.-headquartered edtech startup that teaches children through a game-based curriculum, has raised $18 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand to more markets. San Francisco-based Owl Ventures led the Series C funding round in SplashLearn, and Accel, which had earlier invested $7 million in the startup’s Series B, also participated in the new round. In an interview with TechCrunch, SplashLearn co-founder and chief executive Arpit Jain said one of the bi...
Tags: Apps, Education, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Edtech, Coursera, Accel, Jain, Patel, UK Australia Canada, Owl Ventures, Arpit Jain, Amit A Patel


Language-learning service Babbel adds live classes, games and more

Babbel, the Berlin-based language-learning platform, today announced that it is now going well beyond its core app-based learning service and is introducing live classes. Capped at six students, these conversation-driven classes will be taught by certified teachers, using Babbel’s existing methodology. Learners can add live classes to their existing Babbel subscription for an additional fee, starting at $110 for five classes/month, or subscribe to them as a standalone product (though they’ll als...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Education, Youtube, Berlin, Tech, United States, Teacher, Babbel, Hansen, Julie Hansen, Wikis, Babbel Hansen, Christian Hillemeyer Babbel


Amazon makes education push in India with JEE preparation app

Amazon on Wednesday launched Amazon Academy, a service that will aim to help students in India prepare for entry into the nation’s prestigious engineering college. The American firm is the latest entrant to this market where scores of startups and institutes have launched digital offerings in recent years. The e-commerce giant, which has invested more than $6.5 billion in the world’s second largest internet market, said Amazon Academy offers curated learning material, live lectures, mock tests, ...
Tags: Amazon, Google Play Store, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Tech, Amazon India, Amazon Future Engineer, Amazon Academy, Amol Gurwara


19 Essential Apps for College Students

College: there's an app for that.
Tags: Iphone, Apps, Technology, College, Phones, College Life


Tappity raises $1.3M for its interactive and educational video library for kids

When kids today want to learn about a new topic they’re interested in, they’ll often turn to YouTube. But the quality of the educational content on the platform can be hit or miss, depending on what specific videos kids happen to come across. Tappity, a digital educational startup now backed by $1.3 million in seed funding, aims to offer an alternative. Its video library offers entertaining and interactive live-action videos kids enjoy, while also ensuring the content itself is aligned with curr...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Y Combinator, Family, Science, Kids, Education, Parents, Stem, Tech, Chad, Bill, Edtech, PANGEA, Cto


Tiger Global invests in India’s Unacademy at $2 billion valuation

Unacademy, an online learning platform in India, has added two more marquee investors to its cap table. The Bangalore-based startup, which focuses on K-12 online education, said on Wednesday it has raised new funds from Tiger Global Management and Dragoneer Investment Group. The funding round, which is between $75 million to $100 million in size (according to a person familiar with the matter; Unacademy has not disclosed the figure), valued the four-and-a-half-year-old startup at $2 billion, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Edtech, Tiger Global Management, Bangalore, Shashi Tharoor, Scott Shleifer, Gaurav Munjal


Kahoot drops $50M on Drops to add language learning to its gamified education stable

After raising $215 million from SoftBank to double down on the surge of interest in online learning, Kahoot has made an acquisition to expand the scope of subjects that it covers. The popular startup, which lets people build and share educational games, has picked up Drops, a startup that helps people learn languages by way of short picture- and word-based games. The plan is to integrate more Kahoot features into Drops’ apps, and to bring some of Drops’ content into the main Kahoot platform. ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Apps, Europe, Learning, Education, Russia, Softbank, M&a, Norway, Estonia, Languages, Kahoot, Drops, Eilert Hanoa, Daniel Farkas


Byju’s-owned Indian startup WhiteHat Jr sues critics

Karan Bajaj, an Indian entrepreneur who teaches meditation and in his recent book invites others to live a life away from the noise, is going after the most vocal critics of his startup. Bajaj, founder of coding platform WhiteHat Jr, has filed a defamation case against Pradeep Poonia, an engineer who has publicly criticized the firm for its marketing tactics, the quality of the courses on the platform, and aggressive takedowns of such feedback. On Monday, WhiteHat Jr, filed a similar case agains...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, America, Tech, Edtech, Mary Meeker, Plaintiffs, Bajaj, Forbes India, Byju, Byju's, Whitehat Jr


AllRight, an English language learning app for children, raises $5M from Genesis Investments

AllRight is a platform for English language learning, aimed at children four years or older, which combines lessons with real teachers and homework with “AI-powered” tutors. It’s now raised a $5 million Series A round led by Genesis Investments, with participation from TMT Investments, TerraVC and existing investors Flashpoint and Misha Lyalin. The Ukraine-based startup will now enter new markets and strengthen its positions in Poland, Russia, Spain and Latin America. AllRight’s competitors incl...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Europe, Education, Tech, Cisco, Ukraine, Latin America, TMT Investments, Recent Funding, Allright, Genesis Investments, Misha Lyalin, Poland Russia Spain, Oleg Oksyuk, Vitaly Laptenok


Indian decacorn Byju’s CEO talks about future acquisitions, coronavirus, and international expansion

Since India enforced a lockdown across the country in late March, shutting schools and other public places, Bangalore-headquartered startup Byju’s has emerged as one of the quintessential platforms for school-going students in the world’s second largest internet market. It took the startup about four and a half years to amass 40 million students. Since the lockdown, its user base has ballooned to 65 million, its co-founder and chief executive Byju Raveendran said at Disrupt 2020 conference Tuesd...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, Ipo, India, Tech, Edtech, Bangalore, Disrupt, Australia New Zealand, Byju, Byju Raveendran, Byju's, Disrupt 2020, Whitehat Jr


Kinspire’s new app helps parents find screen-free activities for kids

A new startup called Kinspire wants to make it easier for parents to find activities to help keep kids occupied — away from a screen. The app, which launches with hundreds of activities vetted by parents and teachers alike, arrives at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has many families continuing to engage in social distancing, cutting kids off from regular playdates and other activities. Meanwhile, millions of schoolchildren are now spending long hours online, engaged in distance learning ac...
Tags: Amazon, Crafts, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Family, New York, Kids, Education, Parents, Children, Tech, Ios Apps, Android Apps, Npr, Denver


Silver Lake leads $500 million investment round in Indian online learning giant Byju’s

Byju’s has raised $500 million in a new financing round that values the Indian online learning platform at $10.8 billion, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The round was led by Menlo Park-headquartered PE firm Silver Lake, and existing investors Tiger Global, General Atlantic and Owl Ventures have also participated in it, India’s second most valuable startup Byju’s said in a statement, but declined to reveal the size of the round and its valuation. “We are excited to welco...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, Tiger Global, New Delhi, Bond, General Atlantic, Mary Meeker, Silver Lake, TechCrunch, Reliance Jio


Silver Lake leads $500 million round in India’s Byju’s

Byju’s has raised $500 million in a new financing round that values the Indian online learning platform at $10.8 billion, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The round is led by Silver Lake, and existing investors Tiger Global, General Atlantic and Owl Ventures have also participated in it, India’s second most valuable startup Byju’s said in a statement, but declined to reveal the size of the round and its valuation. “We are excited to welcome a strong partner like Silver Lake to ...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, New Delhi, Bond, Mary Meeker, Silver Lake, TechCrunch, Owl Ventures, Byju, Greg Mondre


India’s online learning platform Unacademy raises $150 million at $1.45 billion valuation

India has a new unicorn startup. On Wednesday, Bangalore-based online learning startup announced it has raised $150 million in a new financing round that valued the Facebook-backed firm at $1.45 billion (post-money). SoftBank Group — through its Vision Fund 2 — led Unacademy’s Series F financing round while existing investors Facebook, Blume Ventures, Nexus Partners, General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital participated in it. Unacademy helps students prepare for competitive exams to get into ...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Sequoia Capital, New Delhi, Mary Meeker, SoftBank Group, Gaurav Munjal, Byju, Sequoia Capital India, Vision Fund


12 Paris-based VCs look at the state of their city

Four years after the Great Recession, France’s newly elected socialist president François Hollande raised taxes and increased regulations on founder-led startups. The subsequent flight of entrepreneurs to places like London and Silicon Valley portrayed France as a tough place to launch a company. By 2016, France’s national statistics bureau estimated that about three million native-born citizens had moved abroad. Those who remained fought back: The Family was an early accelerator that encouraged...
Tags: Security, Food, Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, London, Enterprise, Education, France, Berlin, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, B2C, Francois Hollande, Paris


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative backs Indian education startup Eruditus in $113 million fundraise

Mumbai-based Eruditus, which works with top universities globally to offer more than 100 executive-level courses to students in over 80 nations, said on Monday it has raised $113 million in a new financing round as it looks to further scale its business to reach more learners. The Series D financing round for the 10-year-old startup was co-led by Leeds Illuminate and Prosus Ventures . Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and existing investors Sequoia India and Ved Capital also participated in the ro...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Nus, Mumbai, Latin America, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, India China, Avendus Capital, Sequoia India, Eruditus, Vivian Wu, Prosus Ventures


Google to roll out its digital learning platform to 23 million students and teachers in India’s Maharashtra state

Google has partnered with one of the largest states in India to provide its digital classroom services to tens of millions of students and teachers, the search giant said today, as it makes further education push in the world’s second largest internet market. The company, which recently announced plans to invest $10 billion in India, said it had partnered with the government of western state of Maharashtra that will see 23 million students and teachers access Google’s education offering at no...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Tech, New Delhi, Sanjay Gupta, Maharashtra, CBSE, Uddhav Thackeray, Google India, Maharashtra Government, G Suite for Education Google, Central Board of Secondary Education


Springboard raises $31 million to expand its mentor-guided education platform to more geographies

Springboard, an online education platform that provides upskilling and reskilling training courses to people looking to learn in-demand roles, has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand to more geographies. The Series B financing round for the San Francisco-headquartered startup was led by investment firm Telstra Ventures . Vulcan Capital and SJF Ventures, as well as existing investors Costanoa Ventures, Pearson Ventures, Reach Capital, International Finance Co...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, 500 Startups, Springboard, Kumar, Vulcan Capital, Reach Capital, SJF Ventures, Vivek Kumar, Learn Capital, Telstra Ventures


Toppr raises $46 million to scale its online learning platform in India

Toppr, one of the largest online learning startups in India, has secured $46 million in a new financing round as it looks to scale its platform including a new product. Dubai-headquartered investment firm Foundation Holdings led the Mumbai-based seven-year-old startup’s Series D round. Kaizen Private Equity, an existing investor, also participated in the new round, which brings Toppr’s to-date raise to over $92 million. Toppr operates four products and services that are aimed at K-12 students. L...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Dubai, Mumbai, Bond, Mary Meeker, Online Learning, Vedantu, Zishaan Hayath, Byju's, Unacademy, Toppr



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