Education and edtech are proving big draws at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, with nearly a dozen panels and related events. I’ve been lobbying for this kind of commitment to education here since I started coming to Davos three years ago, but this is the first year I’ve seen it happen (there were no panels on education in the last two years). This new focus is reflective of a much larger trend. In… Read more
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Edtech is booming. In the past decade, VC investments in edtech have tripled from $146 million in 2002 to $429 million in 2011, according to the National Venture Capital Association. VentureBeat says that the market size for U.S. education could reach $1.2 trillion by 2015. If this were any other information technology vertical market, the issue of incorporation status would be no issue at all. But education is held to a different standard. A higher standard, many… Read more
Lately there’s been a ton of press around massive open online courses. MOOCs are a “tsunami,” a “seismic shift“; the New York Times says 2012 is the “year of the MOOC.” People are right to be excited. But why? Much of the recent coverage focuses on numbers: the dozens of top-shelf universities putting their professors online through Coursera, the 160,000 students who enrolled in Udacity’s Artificial Intelligence course, the 100,000+ students who signed up for Harvard’s first edX courses…. Read more
This week, our Founder & CEO Jose is being honored at this week’s Builders & Innovators Conference, as one of Goldman Sachs’ “100 most intriguing entrepreneurs.” As part of the award, the team at Goldman Sachs put together a few short videos featuring various entrepreneurs. Visit their site to see videos from the founders of Warby Parker, Minted, CloudFlare, and other companies. Jose was also featured in a video; watch to learn about Knewton’s “double… Read more
Our Founder and CEO Jose recently talked to Inc. about the challenges of shuttering his first startup, and the sense of responsibility that comes with entrepreneurship. Check out the video for more.
In case you haven’t heard, the Federal Government, led by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Education, is extremely serious about getting digital textbooks in every U.S. child’s hands within five years. I’m in Washington, DC today to attend the Digital Textbooks Initiative Meeting, and they’ve brought together an extraordinary group for this meeting, including school districts, publishers, device manufacturers, and eLearning start-ups. It’s an honor to be here. Other attendees… Read more
This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum blog. I started Knewton to do my bit to fix the world’s education system. Education is among the most important problems we face, because it’s the ultimate “gateway” problem. That is, it drives virtually every global problem that we face as a species. But there’s a flip-side: if we can fix education, then we’ll dramatically improve the other problems, too. So in fact, I started Knewton not just… Read more
Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher snagged our CEO & Founder, Jose, for a quick chat. Jose discussed the Knewton platform (what TechCrunch calls “personalized education on steroids”), along with a blog post he wrote for the WEF Forum Blog with some simple words of wisdom for entrepreneurs and VCs alike. His advice? “Aim big. Go after a giant problem, one of the great problems of our time, a… Read more
Jose, Founder & CEO here at Knewton, is in Davos, Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of 2012. We’ve put together a dedicated page for Jose’s trip; be sure to check out www.knewton.com/davos. In addition to his live tweets, the page will feature a daily “Tweets from Davos” comic strip illustrating Jose’s thoughts and reactions to each day’s sessions, hallway chats, and lavish parties. Here’s a small section of the 2011 Tweets… Read more
Our CEO Jose was at Davos last week with his fellow 2011 Technology Pioneers. Here’s a wrap-up of what things were like on the ground in the snowy Alps, Twitter-web-comic style! For more updates, you can follow Knewton_Jose for yourself on Twitter.