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YC-backed Blabla raises $1.5M to teach English through short videos

Short, snappy, entertaining videos have become an increasingly common way for young people to receive information. Why not learn English through TikTok-like videos too? That was what prompted Angelo Huang to launch Blabla. Originally from Taiwan, Huang relocated to Shanghai in 2019 to start Blabla after working in Silicon Valley for over a decade. A year later, Blabla was chosen as part of Y Combinator’s 2020 summer cohort. The coronavirus had begun to spread in the U.S. at the time, keeping mil...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, Funding, Tech, Taiwan, Shanghai, Tencent, Silicon Valley, Telefonica, Latin America, Yc, Huang


Nestlings wants to help international students navigate a messy higher-ed environment

The admissions process for international students applying to colleges is outdated. For starters, there is no Common App, the one-stop application that U.S. students are able to use to apply to a variety of schools in one go. Instead, international students must navigate thousands of schools, each having their own requirements and application process, on a one by one basis. It’s a time-consuming and convoluted process, which is exactly where Nestlings, a Cupertino, California-based startup, com...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Education, Southeast Asia, Tech, Canada, United States, Bangalore, Cincinnati, Cupertino California, Vora, Satish, Glasgow Caledonian University, Nestlings, Sowmya Satish


Future directions for technology and education in Asia

COVID-19 began upending education across Asia Pacific in January, forcing hundreds of millions of students to learn remotely. As a father, helping my sons learn from home left me grateful to their teachers—and deeply appreciative of the technology that helped keep their education going outside the classroom. Within Google, we’ve made it a priority to help education authorities and schools adapt— providing tools like Google Classroom and Read Along, working with governments to make hardware avail...
Tags: Google, Asia, Japan, Education, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, OECD, APAC, Andreas Schleicher, Google in Asia, INCO, Scott Beaumont, Within Google


On-demand tutoring app Snapask gets $35 million to expand in Southeast Asia

Snapask, an on-demand tutoring app, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series B funding. Earmarked for the startup’s expansion in Southeast Asia, the round was led by Asia Partners and Intervest. Launched in Hong Kong five years ago, Snapask has now raised a total of $50 million and operates in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Its other investors have included Kejora Ventures, Ondine Capital and SOSV Chinaccelerator (Snapask participated ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Education, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Malaysia, Vietnam, Tutoring, OCR


Young coders are shaping Singapore’s future

You’re never too young to take up coding—just ask 10-year-old Sephia Rindiani Binte Andi. Sephia only took up coding a year ago, and sharpened her skills so quickly she created an online game shortly after. The game challenges players to navigate their way out of a maze (I admittedly kept getting lost). Today, Sephia continues dabbling in code at home with the help of her mom, Kamzarini.  Sephia is a graduate of Code in the Community, a program that brings coding classes to young Singaporeans fr...
Tags: Google, Education, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Community, Nonprofits, Media Development Authority, Heng Swee Keat, Caesar Sengupta, Infocomm, Google in Asia, CITC, Sephia Rindiani Binte Andi Sephia, Kamzarini Sephia, DPM Singapore, JT John Tan CEO and Co Founder of partner


A Brief History of Chess: An Animated Introduction to the 1,500-Year-Old Game

I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.  –Marcel Duchamp "Over the roughly one and half millennia of its existence, chess has been known as a tool of military strategy, a metaphor for human affairs, and a benchmark of genius,” points out the TED-Ed animated history of the game by Alex Gendler, above. The first records of chess date to the 7th century, but it may have originated even a century earlier, in India, w...
Tags: Google, Silk Road, Games, College, China, Southeast Asia, India, History, Ibm, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Persia, Josh Jones, Sun Tzu, Garry Kasparov, Marcel Duchamp


Byju’s targets global expansion for its digital education service after raising $540M

India-based educational startup Byju’s was widely reported to have raised a massive $400 million round and now the company is making things official. The ten-year-old company revealed today it has pulled in a total of $540 million from investors to go after international opportunities. The round is led by Naspers, the investment firm famous for backing Tencent that also includes educational firms Udemy, Codecademy and Brainly among its portfolio. The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CP...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Tencent, General Atlantic, Latin America, Naspers, Lightspeed Ventures, World Wide Web


Topica raises $50M for its online learning services in Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s startup ecosystem is making forward progress. Just a week after 500 Startups’ local entity closed a $14 million fund for early-stage investments, one of the country’s elder statesmen of startups — educational service Topica — has closed its $50 million Series D. The round — which is one of the highest to date for a Vietnamese tech company — comes from PE firm Northstar Group. Northstar, which manages some $2 billion in assets, is already linked to Topica via Openspace Ventures, the Sin...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Business, Education, Microsoft, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Funding, Tech, Economy, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia


"Admission to Stuyvesant was and remains determined by a single test available to all middle school students in the city. There are no soft criteria for admission..."

"... no interviews, no favoritism for legacies, no strings to be pulled. It’s all about whether you do well on the test, which best determines whether or not you can do the academic work. You would think that Mayor Bill de Blasio would celebrate Stuyvesant as the crown jewel of the city’s school system. Instead, he has announced a plan that will destroy it in all but name. This month, the mayor said he would seek legislation that would eliminate the test completely. Instead, he’d guarantee autom...
Tags: New York, Education, Law, Southeast Asia, New York City, Bill De Blasio, Affirmative Action, Stuyvesant, De Blasio, Ann Althouse, Boaz Weinstein, Minh Ha T Pham


An Animated Introduction to Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent and How the Media Creates the Illusion of Democracy

For nearly as many years as he’s occupied the public eye, famed linguist and anarchist philosopher Noam Chomsky has made claims that might have discredited other academics. Perhaps his many books, articles, lectures, interviews, etc. carry such weight because of his “famed linguist” status and his longtime tenure at MIT. But there’s more to his longevity as a respected critic of U.S. state power. His voice carries authority because he substantiates his arguments with erudite, granular an...
Tags: Google, Politics, Media, College, Southeast Asia, Mit, United States, Latin America, Noam Chomsky, Facebook Twitter, Chomsky, Herman, Goodman, Flack, Colin Marshall, Durham NC Follow


Launching a Platform for Peer Learning for Economic Think Tanks in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is currently home to around 8% of the world’s population. Collectively, the countries that comprise Southeast Asia – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – are projected to become the fourth largest … Continue reading →
Tags: Asia, Education, Democracy, Southeast Asia, Sales, Development, Vietnam, Advocacy


Controversial Versions of “The Star Spangled Banner”: Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, José Feliciano & John Philip Sousa

Debates over whether or not we should destroy or alter U.S. icons seem to turn on a critical question: are national symbols quasi-religious totems of some transcendent sacred order? The kind of imperial project likely to end up a collection of crumbling monuments with every other empire of the past? Or are they living emblems of a secular republic whose primary embodiment is its people? A country, like its people, that must reconstitute itself with each generation in order to survive...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Boston, Southeast Asia, America, History, Jimi Hendrix, Canada, United States, Beethoven, Slavoj Zizek, William Shatner, Roseanne Barr, Ross, Puerto Rico


Hear Controversial Versions of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, José Feliciano & John Philip Sousa

Debates over whether or not we should destroy or alter U.S. icons seem to turn on a critical question: are national symbols quasi-religious totems of some transcendent sacred order? The kind of imperial project likely to end up a collection of crumbling monuments with every other empire of the past? Or are they living emblems of a secular republic whose primary embodiment is its people? A country, like its people, that must reconstitute itself with each generation in order to survive...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Boston, Southeast Asia, America, History, Jimi Hendrix, Canada, United States, Beethoven, Slavoj Zizek, William Shatner, Roseanne Barr, Ross, Puerto Rico



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