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GSV Ventures doubles assets managed with new fund focused on global edtech

GSV Ventures, co-founded by Deborah Quazzo and Michael Cohn, has raised $180 million in its second fund, exclusively focused on backing edtech startups across the globe. The startup now manages $277 million in cumulative assets, inclusive of its debut fund that was closed in 2016. The new fund will let GSV invest in 13 core holdings, with an average check size of $15 million. The firm reserves up to $20 million per position for follow-on capital. It will invest in seed, Series A and late growth...
Tags: TC, Education, Indonesia, India, Tech, Diversity, United States, Venture Capital, Edtech, Coursera, Deborah Quazzo, Nearpod, GSV, Michael Cohn, Techcrunch Include, Quazzo

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

Codecademy eyes the enterprise with $40 million in new capital

After going over four years without raising any capital, coding class platform Codecademy has raised a new tranche of money: a $40 million Series D round led by Owl Ventures, with participation from Prosus and Union Square Ventures. The startup is the latest edtech business to bring on capital after years without it, a list that includes ClassDojo, CourseHero, Quizlet and Udacity. But founder Zach Sims, who began the company in 2011 as a Columbia student, says that Codecademy’s growth, and hunge...
Tags: Startups, TC, Codecademy, Education, India, Tech, Coding, Edtech, Columbia, Udacity, Union Square Ventures, Chegg, Sims, Zach Sims, Owl Ventures, Recent Funding

Wired Co-Founder Kevin Kelly Gives 36 Lectures on Our Future World: Education, Movies, Robots, Autonomous Cars & More

Given recent events, 2019 may now seem to us like the distant past. But to those who were thinking hard about the future the year before last, nothing that has happened since has been wholly unexpected — and especially not to those who’d already been thinking hard about the future for decades. Take Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine and writer on technology as well as a host of other subjects. It was in 2019 that state telecommunications company China Mobile commissioned him to gi...
Tags: Google, Technology, Education, College, China, India, Seoul, China Mobile, Kelly, Facebook Twitter, Kevin Kelly, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Brian Eno Stewart Brand Kevin Kelly, Facebook Wired Co

Leverage Edu raises $6.5 million to help Indian students land in top colleges abroad

Each year, millions of students in India rush to get an admission in universities abroad. Often they don’t know which program they should focus on, or the college that is right for their skillset and ambition. Scores of legacy and newfound firms are attempting to offer counselling to these students. But despite India accounting for more students than any other country, most firms aiming to address this challenge are not focused on India, and struggle to understand some unique problems students f...
Tags: Asia, UK, Education, Australia, India, Funding, Tech, Delhi, Blume Ventures, Nps, Akshay, DSG Consumer Partners, Chaturvedi, Leverage Edu, Akshay Chaturvedi, Rohini Prakash

Bollywood, Skin Color, and Sexism: The Role of the Film Industry in Emboldening and Contesting Stereotypes in India after Independence

Analysis of interviews with Bollywood producers and actors shows the extent of biases in the film industry during the decades after India’s independence in 1947. Gender stereotyping has remained a noteworthy feature of films, and bias towards light skin has only intensified. [Author: by Sudev Sheth, Geoffrey Jones, and Morgan Spencer]
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Google to roll out slate of over 50 updates for Classroom, Meet and other online education tools

Google today introduced a suite of updates for its online education tools whose adoption and further development have been accelerated by the pandemic, including Google Classroom, Google Meet and the next generation of G Suite for Education, now rebranded as Google Workspace for Education. In total, Google is promising more than 50 new features across its education products, with a focus on meeting educators’ and admins’ needs, in particular, in addition to those of the students. When Google fir...
Tags: Google, TC, Education, India, Tech, Chromebooks, Edtech, Classroom, Maharashtra, ChromeVox, Google Meet, G Suite for Education, Security Center, Google Classroom Google, Google Workspace for Education, Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals

Hear an Ancient Chinese Historian Describe The Roman Empire (and Other Voices of the Past)

Those who see the world from only one narrow point of view get called a number of things–parochial, provincial, and worse–and are encouraged to seek out other perspectives and broaden their view. Not everyone can travel the world, but the world comes to us through immigration and the internet, restaurants and recipes. Most of us, if we are inclined, can learn about and appreciate the cultures, cuisines, and histories of others. But can we see ourselves the way that others see us? This is...
Tags: Google, College, China, Russia, India, Americas, History, Egypt, North America, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Zayd, Haixi, Sakoku

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

India’s Food Supply Chain During the Pandemic

Policy makers in the developing world face important tradeoffs in reacting to a pandemic. The quick and complete recovery of India’s food supply chain suggests that strict lockdown measures at the onset of pandemics need not cause long-term economic damage. [Author: by Matt Lowe, G V Nadhanael, and Benjamin N. Roth]
Tags: College, India, Benjamin N Roth, by Matt Lowe, G V Nadhanael, and Benjamin N. Roth, Matt Lowe G V Nadhanael

LA County: More coronavirus vaccination appointments available this week

Los Angeles County officials said Sunday, Jan. 24, that appointments are available this week at the county’s five large coronavirus vaccination centers at Magic Mountain, the Pomona Fairplex, Cal State Northridge, the Forum in Inglewood and the County Office of Education in Downey. Appointments can be booked at Residents who receive their first dose of the vaccine at a county-run large capacity vaccination site will be provided t...
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African edtech startup uLesson lands a $7.5 million Series A

ULesson, an edtech startup based in Nigeria that sells digital curriculum to students through SD cards, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Owl Ventures, which closed over half a billion in new fund money just months ago. Other participants include LocalGlobe and existing investors, including TLcom Capital and Founder Collective. The financing comes a little over a year since uLesson closed its $3.1 million seed round in November 2019. The startup’s biggest differenc...
Tags: Startups, Marketplace, Education, India, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, South Africa, Kenya, World Health Organization, Series A, Early Stage, University Of Georgia, Localglobe, Digital Learning, Owl Ventures

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

Byju’s is reportedly buying Indian brick-and-mortar institute Aakash for $1 billion

We may finally have an answer to why Byju’s, the , spent the last year raising hundreds of millions of dollars. Bloomberg reports that the Bangalore-based startup has agreed to buy Aakash Educational Services, which owns and operates more than 200 physical tutoring centres across the country aimed at students preparing to qualify for top engineering and medical colleges. According to the publication, Byju’s will pay $1 billion to buy Aakash Educational Services, which serves more than 250,000 s...
Tags: Asia, Education, India, Tech, Bloomberg, New Delhi, Edtech, Bangalore, Byju, Byju Raveendran, Byju's, Unacademy, Aakash Educational Services, Mary Meeker Bond

10 free or affordable online courses, apps, and resources to learn Hindi, the world's third most popular language

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.Hindi is the third most spoken language in the world, and it's helpful to know whether you want to travel to India in the future or apply your Hindi knowledge to your career aspirations.Below are 10 affordable online courses, apps, and videos to learn Hindi on your own.Read more: 10 free or affordable online courses, apps, and books to learn Russian, from Duolingo to Rosetta StoneSign up for Insider Reviews...
Tags: Reviews, Education, Youtube, India, Trends, Features, Netflix, Rosetta, Duolingo, Online Learning, E-learning, K Pop, Devanagari, Product Card, Insider Picks 2020, IP Freelance

Amazon eyes launching its computer science education program in India

Amazon is planning to extend its computer science program Future Engineer to India, demonstrating its growing interest in the education space in the world’s second largest internet market. In a job recruitment post, the company said that initial research for Amazon Future Engineer, through which it aims to bring computer science education to underserved and underrepresented children and young adults, in India is “currently underway” and the chosen candidate would be tasked with working with l...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Education, Microsoft, India, Tech, United States, Bangalore, Amazon India, Amazon Amazon, CBSE, NASSCOM, Central Board of Secondary Education CBSE, Unacademy

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

The Indian school where students pay for lessons with plastic waste

Villagers once burned the toxic waste as fuel, but a pioneering couple’s radical education model uses it much more creativelyEvery morning, students in Assam’s Pamohi village go to school clutching a bag of plastic waste, in exchange for which they will get their day’s lessons.Akshar School, founded by Mazin Mukhtar, 32, and his wife Parmita Sarma, 30, has turned its pupils into ecowarriors by waiving school fees and helping to stop local people burning used plastic. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Children, India, Environment, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Global development, Plastics, Assam, Pamohi, Akshar School, Mazin Mukhtar, Parmita Sarma

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

Online learning marketplace Udemy is raising up to $100M at a $3.32B valuation

Online education has been one of the hotspots in the tech world this year, as people turn to e-learning tools to fill in the gaps variously arising from closed schools, closed offices, social distancing and more time on our hands at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And that is giving a big bump to education startups, which are raising money to capitalise on the growth opportunity. In one of the latest developments, Udemy — which provides a marketplace currently numbering some 130,000 video...
Tags: Python, Startups, Japan, Education, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Delaware, Online Education, Udemy, Norwest Venture Partners, Homer, Byju, Berlitz, Recent Funding

Lessons via loudspeaker: the students studying across India's digital divide

How do you learn from home without a laptop? Teachers are getting creative, but the pandemic remains a vast challengeVemula Deena lives in one of the tin huts strung along a narrow lane in the heart of Vijayawada, the business capital of Andhra Pradesh, in the south-east of India. Her parents are construction labourers. Vemula is 13 and wants to be a politician, enamoured of the spotless white kurta-pyjamas they wear and their public speaking.But her school has closed its doors in the face of th...
Tags: Education, Children, India, Society, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Schools, Global development, Andhra Pradesh, Vemula, Deena, Vijayawada, Coronavirus

When ABBA Wrote Music for the Cold War-Themed Musical, Chess: “One of the Best Rock Scores Ever Produced for the Theatre” (1984) Chess is amazing. The simplicity of its characters and plot (capture the king!) can be appreciated and understood by children; the complexity of its tactics can consume an adult life. Despite its medieval origins—and stumpers for us moderns like the strategic importance of a bishop on the battlefield—chess remains as much a potent allegory for power and its tactics as it was 1,500 years ago in India when it was called “chaturanga.”  The game ha...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, London, College, China, India, New York City, Time, Theatre, Bbc, New York Times, Broadway, Moscow, Abba, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Was Winston Churchill “The Greatest Briton”? A Short Claymation Looks at the Darker Side of the Prime Minister’s Life

“In 1962, when British filmmaker Richard Attenborough began researching what would become his 1982 Gandhi film,” writes Lauren Frayer at NPR, “he asked Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, how he should portray his late colleague.” Gandhi was revered, treated as a saint in his own lifetime, long before Attenborough arrived in India. But Nehru begged the filmmaker to treat the man like a mere mortal, with all his “weaknesses, his moods and his failings.” Gandhi was “much too human...
Tags: Google, UK, Film, College, Washington, Nazis, India, History, Cnn, Pakistan, Winston Churchill, Sudan, Npr, The Washington Post, Churchill, Attenborough

A Dictionary of Symbols: Juan Eduardo Cirlot’s Classic Study of Symbols Gets Republished in a Beautiful, Expanded Edition

How, exactly, does one go about making a global dictionary of symbols? It is a Herculean task, one few scholars would take on today, not only because of its scope but because the philological approach that gathers and compares artifacts from every culture underwent a correction: No one person can have the expertise to cover everything. Yet the attempts to do so have had tremendous creative value. Such explorations bring us closer to what makes humans the same the world over: our productive imag...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Art, Greece, College, Washington, India, History, Pandora, Francisco Franco, Campbell, Facebook Twitter, Carl Jung, Dada, University of Copenhagen, Joseph Campbell

TikTok tests a Learn tab to showcase education and how-to videos

How-to videos have been some of the most popular content on YouTube over the years, and now, to grow engagement and the pool of users that it appeals to, the upstart video app TikTok is getting in on the action, too. After launching a dedicated “Learn On TikTok” hashtag (#LearnOnTikTok) earlier this summer with a slate of premium creators producing videos for it, multiple users and social media watchers (thanks Matt) are reporting sightings of a new menu item called “Learn.” Featured prominen...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Learning, Education, Youtube, India, US, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Matt, Sergey, Bytedance, Tiktok, Lena Koppova, TikTok Video

Udacity raises $75M in debt, says its tech education business is profitable after enterprise pivot

Online education tools continue to see a surge of interest boosted by major changes in work and learning practices in the midst of a global health pandemic. And today, one of the early pioneers of the medium is announcing some funding as it tips into profitability on the back of a pivot to enterprise services, targeting businesses and governments who are looking to upskill workers to give them tech expertise more relevant to modern demands. Udacity, which provides online courses and popularized ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Enterprise, Education, Microsoft, Stanford, India, Funding, CSR, Egypt, Shell, Udacity, Online Learning, Sebastian Thrun, United States Department of Defense, Thrun

‘I feel free here’: how a miracle girls' school was built in India's 'golden city'

A strikingly-designed centre reminiscent of Rajasthan’s famous forts will soon be opening its doors in conservative Jaisalmer“Don’t even try,” friends told Michael Daube, when he said he wanted to coax women in Jaisalmer to embroider yoga bags to help them earn some income.For the most part, at least in rural areas, this is Federico García Lorca territory, where marriage for a woman, as a character in the Spanish poet’s play Blood Wedding describes it, is “a man, children, and as for the rest a ...
Tags: Education, India, Women, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Global development, Federico García Lorca, Literacy, Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, Michael Daube

ByteDance launches its first gadget in a big education push

ByteDance on Thursday unveiled its first consumer hardware product, a smart light lamp with a display, that it says is part of its education technology portfolio as the Chinese internet giant continues to expand to categories beyond social video. The Dali smart lamp features a display, camera, and a built-in digital assistant. The Dali smart lamp (in Chinese), which starts at $119, is aimed at school-going children who can use the device to finish their homework, ByteDance said (in Chinese) a...
Tags: Asia, Hardware, Education, China, India, Tech, New Delhi, Dali, Bytedance, Tiktok, Rita Liao, Dali Education Dali, Dali Education

If you want your country to be more successful, invest in girls' education, new research shows

Small school in a village of shepherds and farmers near Bikaner in Rajasthan Frédéric Soltan/Getty Images The report shows that 100% secondary school completion rate for girls by 2030 could boost GDP by an average of 10%. "We think there's a really compelling investment case here," Ying Qin, an analyst with Citi Global Insights, said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Investing in education within developing nations to help girls complete high school could boost economic ...
Tags: Education, India, Trends, Investing, Markets, Economy, Unesco, Egypt, Emerging Markets, Economic Growth, Gdp, Girls, ESG, Ghana, Rajasthan, Citi

'My ticket out': the Indian village where every family has an engineer

Students from a small community traditionally known for weaving are beating the odds to gain coveted university placesHe had tossed and turned all night. When he finally got out of bed at 4am, Anand Kumar realised his parents had too.The 17-year-old was confident he had worked hard for his exam – the joint entrance exam (JEE), which is the ticket to India’s finest engineering institutions – but the anxiety was undeniable. Huddled together in their living room last week, the family sat refreshing...
Tags: Education, India, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Engineering, Higher Education, Global development, Universities, Anand Kumar, Global Education

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