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
The Knewton Blog
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.
Our CEO Jose is at Davos this week, hanging with his fellow 2011 Technology Pioneers and other economic bigwigs. The conference’s full programme (yep, they spell things fancy up in the Alps) is on the web, but Jose’s been telling his Twitter followers what’s really going on at the conference–the good, the bad and the snarky. Since the excitement at Knewton headquarters in NYC this week has mostly consisted of tech fish livestreams and the gazillionth Snowpocalypse… Read more
Keynote 3 – Jose Ferreira from Svc2c on Vimeo. Our CEO Jose recently attended the Silicon Valley Comes to Cambridge conference (or in Knewton’s case, Silicon Alley). Check out his keynote address to learn about the difference between bankers and start-up enthusiasts, reasons someone should (or shouldn’t) be an entrepreneur, Reid Hoffman’s swearing, and a whole lot more.
The San Francisco Bay Area has more VC firms and dollars invested than all East Coast cities combined. But the NY scene has recently been getting uppity. Chris Dixon wrote a story, the NY Times wrote a story, now Silicon Alley Insider. I tweeted that it was all embarrassing provincialism. So who’s right? Both cities attract the very best and brightest. But NYC has 20 times more. The best programmers and internet entrepreneurs are in… Read more
Jose Ferreira is the Founder and CEO of Knewton. You may have heard that some business schools* have started accepting GRE scores in place of GMAT scores. And you may be thinking: “Awesome! I hear the GRE is easier. I’m taking that!” After all—there’s no Data Sufficiency on the GRE. Sounds great, right? The problem is: There’s no Data Sufficiency on the GRE. The GMAT has been designed and perfected for business school students. GMAT… Read more
I wanted to take some time to dispel a fascinating—but unhealthy—rumor about the GMAT. This rumor is best summarized by a concerned Knewton student who wrote me the following: I was speaking to someone in India in the test prep industry about the GMAT and that person seemed very confident that the database of questions for the GMAT test in India is different from the database of questions in the US and Canada (the pool… Read more