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Kahoot acquires Clever, the US-based edtech portal, for up to $500M

Kahoot, the popular Oslo-based edtech company that has built a big business out of gamifiying education and creating a platform for users to build their own learning games, is making an acquisition to double down on K-12 education and its opportunities to grow in the U.S. It is acquiring Clever, a startup that has built a single sign-on portal for educators, students and their families to build and engage in digital learning classrooms, currently used by about 65% of all U.S. K-12 schools. Kahoo...
Tags: Europe, Education, US, Tech, K-12, M&a, Sam Altman, Clever, Edtech, Oslo, Paul Graham, Tyler, Kahoot, Eilert Hanoa, GSV Founders Fund Lightspeed


Microsoft’s Reading Progress makes assessing reading levels easier for kids and teachers

Among the many, many tasks required of grade school teachers is that of gauging each student’s reading level, usually by a time-consuming and high-pressure one-on-one examination. Microsoft’s new Reading Progress application takes some of the load off the teacher’s shoulders, allowing kids to do their reading at home and using natural language understanding to help highlight obstacles and progress. The last year threw most educational plans into disarray, and reading levels did not advance the w...
Tags: Education, Microsoft, Tech, Reading, Artificial Intelligence, Teaching, Teachers, Schools, Teams, Machine Learning, Literacy, Natural Language Processing, Amira, Brielle, Educators, Microsoft Teams


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


The product-led growth behind edtech’s most downloaded app

Duolingo CEO and co-founder Luis von Ahn was tired of the gray and dreary design aesthetic edtech companies used to emulate universities. Instead, he and the company’s early team sought inspiration from games like Angry Birds and Clash Royale, looking to build a class that screamed more cartoon anarchy than lecture hall. From that frenetic creativity came the company’s distinctive mascot: a childish and rebellious evergreen-colored owl named Duo. Duolingo didn’t just throw out the old colors tho...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Angry Birds, Pittsburgh, Luis Von Ahn, Tyler Murphy, Super Mario Brothers, Ahn, EC-1, EC Edtech, Duo Duolingo


How Duolingo became fluent in monetization

As its meandering route to monetization will demonstrate, Duolingo isn’t mission-oriented, it’s mission-obsessed. Co-founders Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker never wanted to charge consumers for access to Duolingo content, a purpose imbued throughout the company’s culture. For years in order to work at Duolingo, you had to be comfortable with joining a company in Pittsburgh that was in no rush to make money. The startup, filled with education enthusiasts and mission-driven employees, became “ver...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Brazil, Silicon Valley, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Sand Hill Road, Pittsburgh, Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Luis, Luis Von Ahn


Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

Duolingo has been wildly successful. It has pulled in 500 million total registered learners, 40 million active users, 1.5 million premium subscribers and $190 million in booked revenues in 2020. It has a popular and meme-ified mascot in the form of the owl Duo, a creative and engaging product, and ambitious plans for expansion.There’s just one key question in the midst of all those milestones: Does anyone actually learn a language using Duolingo? “Language is first and foremost a social, relatio...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Obama, Tech, Edtech, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Babbel, Pittsburgh, Language Learning, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Busuu, EC-1, Bernhard Niesner


How a bot-fighting test turned into edtech’s most iconic brand, Duolingo

Luis von Ahn, an entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to scaling free education, has probably annoyed you more than once. In fact, you’ve likely been annoyed by his work dozens and maybe hundreds of times over the years. A decade before he co-founded the whimsical and language-learning app Duolingo, one of the most popular education apps in the world with over 500 million downloads and 40 million active users, he was building the technology that would become CAPTCHA, those human-annoying bu...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Yahoo, Tech, Duke, Edtech, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Guatemala City, Luis Von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Ahn


The Duolingo EC-1

Education may well be the most important activity we conduct as a society — and it may also be the hardest space to build a startup in. Selling to school districts and universities is notoriously difficult, but enticing consumers is even harder. Learning takes focus, patience, tenacity and resources, and most consumers would prefer to watch some lip-sync videos on TikTok than stare at math equations (not to mention that such entertainment is free). Engagement and education feel aggressively at o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Mascarenhas, Luis Von Ahn, Danny Crichton, EC-1, Richard Dal Porto, EC Edtech, Natasha Mascarenhas Mascarenhas, Nigel Sussman Duolingo


Language learning startup Toucan raises $4.5M

Toucan, a startup that helps users learn a new language while they browse the web, is announcing that it has raised an additional $4.5 million in seed funding. As I wrote last fall, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup has built a Chrome extension that scans the text of whatever website you’re reading and translates select words into whichever language you’re trying to learn. That means you’re expanding your vocabulary without having to make time to study or otherwise change your behavior. Tou...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Education, Funding, Tech, Santa Monica Calif, Richard Greenfield, Nieman, Toucan, LightShed Ventures, Taylor Nieman, Japanese Co, Toucan Toucan, GSV Ventures Amplifyher Ventures


India’s LEAD School raises $30 million to reach more students

An Indian startup that is helping to better serve students from middle and low-income groups of families said on Monday it has raised $30 million in a new financing round as it looks to scale its efforts in the world’s second most populous nation. GSV Ventures and WestBridge led the Series D financing round of the Indian startup, which has raised over $69 million to date. , founded by couple Sumeet Mehta and Smita Deorah in 2012, has developed an integrated system to help K-12 schools with th...
Tags: Asia, Education, India, Funding, US, Tech, New Delhi, Mehta, Deborah Quazzo, GSV, Westbridge, Lead School, GSV Ventures, Sumeet Mehta, Smita Deorah, Deorah


What the MasterClass effect means for edtech

MasterClass, which sells a subscription to celebrity-taught classes, sits on the cusp of entertainment and education. It offers virtual, yet aspirational learning: an online tennis class with Serena Williams, a cooking session with Gordon Ramsay. While there’s the off chance that an instructor might actually talk to you — it has happened before — the platform mostly just offers paywalled documentary-style content. The vision has received attention. MasterClass is raising funding that would value...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Microsoft, Entertainment, India, Funding, US, Toronto, Tech, Fundraising, Dell, Gordon Ramsay, Serena Williams, Edtech, Chess


Since colleges are failing to prepare students for tech jobs, it’s time to bring back apprenticeships

Sophie Ruddock Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Ruddock is VP, GM North America at Multiverse, a tech startup focused on high-quality education and training through professional apprenticeships. Ryan Craig Contributor Share on Twitter Ryan Craig is managing director of Achieve Partners, an investment firm focused at the intersection of educat...
Tags: TC, Column, Europe, Instagram, Education, Opinion, America, Training, Tech, Internships, United States, Biden, Apprenticeships, Black, Mckinsey, Ryan Craig


Proctorio sued for using DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets

A university student is suing exam proctoring software maker Proctorio to “quash a campaign of harassment” against critics of the company, including an accusation that the company misused copyright laws to remove his tweets that were critical of the software. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed the lawsuit this week on behalf of Miami University student Erik Johnson, who also does security research on the side, accused Proctorio of having “exploited the DMCA to undermine Johnson’s co...
Tags: Security, Twitter, Education, Privacy, Articles, Tech, Crisis Communications, Ceo, Higher Education, Arizona, Reddit, Eff, Edelman, Johnson, Copyright Law, Digital Millennium Copyright Act


Tom Brady and Salesforce Ventures pour millions into Class, a Zoom-friendly edtech startup

Class, an edtech startup that integrates exclusively with Zoom to make remote teaching more elegant, has raised $12.25 million in new financing. The round brings Salesforce Ventures, Sound Ventures and Super Bowl champion Tom Brady onto its capital table. CEO and founder Michael Chasen said that Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, approached the company about investing in Class. Salesforce Ventures launched a $100 million Impact Fund in October 2020, a month after Class launched, to back edtech...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Tom Brady, Salesforce, Edtech, Salesforce Ventures, Marc Benioff, Zoom, Chasen, Michael Chasen, Recent Funding, Salesforce Ventures Sound Ventures, Class Salesforce Ventures, Engageli Top Hat


Indonesian edtech CoLearn gets $10M Series A led by Alpha Wave Incubation and GSV Ventures

A Zoom screenshot with CoLearn’s founding team: Marc Irawan, Abhay Saboo and Sandeep Devaram Indonesian startup CoLearn started as a chain of physical tutoring centers and was in the process of shifting to a hybrid offline-online model when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The team sensed that remote learning would permanently change how students want to be tutored and decided to focus completely on its app, which launched in August 2020. CoLearn has since been downloaded more than 3.5 million time...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Education, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tech, Edtech, Online Learning, Jakarta, Zuoyebang, Organisation for Economic Co, Pisa


Garry Kasparov launches a community-first chess platform

Four years ago, MasterClass, a platform that sells celebrity-taught classes, invited chess legend Garry Kasparov to teach a class. He said yes, but soon realized that creating a message that could satisfy a majority of players was a “struggle throughout the process.” While the class did pretty well, Kasparov found it “a little bit annoying” that he had to downplay concepts and stick to a specific structure. So, now, Kasparov is launching a platform he says has been several years in the making: K...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Education, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Edtech, Chess, Early Stage, Vivendi, Masterclass, Rupaul, Moe, Garry Kasparov, Kasparov


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


Lingoda, an on-demand online language school with live instructors and Zoom classrooms, raises $67M

A startup out of Berlin that’s built and grown a successful online language learning platform based around live teachers and virtual classrooms is announcing some funding today to continue expanding its business. Lingoda, which connects students who want to learn a language — currently English, Spanish, French or German — with native-speaking teachers who run thousands of 24/7 live, immersion classes across a range of language levels, has picked up $67 million (€57 million). CEO Michael Shangkua...
Tags: Europe, London, Education, China, Germany, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Language Learning, Fabian, Lingoda, US New Jersey, Matthias Allgaier, Michael Shangkuan, Shangkuan, Felix Wunderlich


Lingoda, an on-demand online language school with live instructors and Zoom classrooms, raises $68M

A startup out of Berlin that’s built and grown a successful online language learning platform based around live teachers and virtual classrooms is announcing some funding today to continue expanding its business. Lingoda, which connects students who want to learn a language — currently English, Spanish, French or German — with native-speaking teachers who run thousands of 24/7 live, immersion classes across a range of language levels, has picked up $68 million (€57 million). CEO Michael Shangkua...
Tags: Europe, London, Education, China, Germany, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Cambridge, Language Learning, Fabian, Summit Partners, Lingoda, US New Jersey, Matthias Allgaier, Michael Shangkuan


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


Outschool is the newest edtech unicorn

Outschool, a marketplace providing small-group, virtual after-school activities for children has raised a $75 million Series C led by Coatue and Tiger Global Management. TechCrunch first learned of the round from sources familiar with the transaction; the company confirmed the deal to TechCrunch later today. The new funding values Outschool’s at $1.3 billion, around 4 times higher than its roughly $320 million valuation set less than a year ago. To date, Outschool has raised $130 million in vent...
Tags: TC, UK, Education, Funding, Tech, United States, Fundraising, Airbnb, Tiger Global, Edtech, Early Stage, Unicorn, Pandemic, Series C, Outschool, COVID-19


Discover how Duolingo started with CEO Luis von Ahn at Disrupt 2021

Before Luis von Ahn co-founded Duolingo, a gamified language-learning app used by hundreds of millions around the world, he was fixated on squiggly letters. The entrepreneur was a co-inventor of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA, or those security prompts you get while browsing the web to verify if you are a human or if you are a robot. And while von Ahn often jokes that his early inventions were considered annoying (it causes friction when consumers have to decipher letters before logging into their email)...
Tags: Google, TC, Education, Events, Tech, Language, Edtech, Duolingo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Von Ahn, Duolingo Von Ahn


Education nonprofit Edraak ignored a student data leak for two months

Edraak, an online education nonprofit, exposed the private information of thousands of students after uploading student data to an unprotected cloud storage server, apparently by mistake. The nonprofit, founded by Jordan’s Queen Rania and headquartered in the kingdom’s capital, was set up in 2013 to promote education across the Arab region. The organization works with several partners, including the British Council and edX, a consortium set up by Harvard, Stanford and MIT. In February, researche...
Tags: Security, UK, Email, Education, Server, California, Stanford, Linkedin, Tech, Spokesperson, Mit, Harvard, United Kingdom, Computing, Jamaica, Jordan


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


We compared Google Meet and Zoom to see which is better for remote working and learning - and Zoom has a slight edge for large meetings

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Google Hangouts; Zoom Alyssa Powell/Insider If you're learning or working from home, a video conferencing tool is a must. Two of the best services out there are Google Meet and Zoom. Zoom supports larger meetings, but Google Meet is conveniently packaged with other Google services. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Pro Plan (Monthly) (small) G Suite Business Account (Monthly) (small) Two of the ...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Work From Home, Education, Trends, Tech, Streaming, Skype, Google Hangouts, Video Conferencing, Zoom, Business Standard, SJ, Tech Insider, Google Meet, Google Hangouts Meet


Byju’s acquires Indian tutor Aakash for nearly $1 billion

Why did Byju’s raise over $1 billion last year and is already inching closer to securing another half a billion dollars? We are getting some answers today. Byju’s said on Monday it has acquired Aakash Educational, a 33-year-old chain of physical coaching centres, as the Indian online learning giant looks to further consolidate its leadership position in the world’s second largest internet market. The Indian startup paid “close to $1 billion” in cash and equity for the acquisition, which is one o...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Education, California, India, Tech, Bloomberg, Blackstone, TechCrunch, Blume Ventures, Osmo, Blume, Aakash, Deborah Quazzo, Byju, Byju Raveendran


Nonobvious acquisitions are on my 2021 bingo board

At the end of 2020, I argued that edtech needs to think bigger in order to stay relevant after the pandemic. I urged founders to think less about how to bundle and unbundle lecture experience, and more about how to replace outdated systems and methods with new, tech-powered solutions. In other words, don’t simply put engaging content on a screen, but innovate on what that screen looks like, tracks and offers. A few months into 2021, the exit environment in edtech…feels like it’s doing exactly th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Spotify, Education, China, Ipo, US, Linkedin, Tech, Compass, EC, Edtech, Coursera, Clubhouse, Deliveroo, NFT


How is edtech spending its extra capital?

Edtech unicorns have boatloads of cash to spend following the capital boost to the sector in 2020. As a result, edtech M&A activity has continued to swell. The idea of a well-capitalized startup buying competitors to complement its core business is nothing new, but exits in this sector are notable because the money used to buy startups can be seen as an effect of the pandemic’s impact on remote education. In the past week, the consolidation environment is making a clear statement. ...
Tags: TC, Education, Tech, Quizlet, Oslo Stock Exchange, Glotzbach, Kahoot, Slader, Matthew Glotzbach, Remote Education, EC News Analysis, Eilert Giertsen Hanoa, EC Edtech


Startups have about $1 trillion worth of reasons to love the Biden infrastructure plan

The sweeping infrastructure package put forward today by President Joe Biden comes with a price tag of roughly $2 trillion (and hefty tax hikes) but gives startups and the broader tech industry about $1 trillion worth of reasons to support it. Tech companies have spent the past decade or more developing innovations that can be applied to old-world industries like agriculture, construction, energy, education, manufacturing and transportation and logistics. These are industries where structural im...
Tags: Energy, TC, Real Estate, Education, Congress, La, White House, Articles, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Supply Chains, Joe Biden, Broadband, Infrastructure, United States


Coursera prices IPO at top end of its range in boon to edtech valuations

Coursera, an edtech unicorn, will begin its life today as a public company after pricing its IPO at $33 per share yesterday evening. Using a simple share count, the company’s valuation comes to $4.30 billion, or $4.38 billion if its underwriters exercise their option to purchase shares at its offering price. A more diluted share count pushes the valuation of Coursera over the $5 billion mark. Coursera was last valued at $2.57 billion after raising $130 million in mid-2020, per PitchBook data. Th...
Tags: TC, Education, Ipo, Tech, Edtech, Coursera, SPAC, Deborah Quazzo, Owl Ventures, GSV, Quazzo, Ian Chiu



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