Tony Wan

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU.

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Finally: Pearson Sells Its US K-12 Courseware Business—for $250 Million

Nearly a year after announcing the plan, Pearson has finally sold its U.S K-12 courseware business. The buyer: Nexus Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

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Google’s AI Assistant Fund Invests in GradeSlam to Make Online Tutoring More Equitable

Online tutoring services are a dime a dozen, and in recent times they’ve raised many dimes. Since 2016, these companies have raised more than $1.2 billion in venture capital, according to EdSurge data—most notably Chinese startups that connect local students with English tutors.

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A Welder of Digital Curriculum Companies Buys Its Latest

Weld North Education is named after the Harvard dormitory where its founders first met in 1982. Little did they know then that the first word in its name would become a fitting pun for the private equity firm’s consolidation of education companies.

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ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups

The world’s biggest private nonprofit test maker is dipping its toes into the world of education technology investments.

Microsoft Takes a Bite Out of BrightBytes, Acquiring Its DataSense Platform and Team

From launching new tablets to virtual-reality curriculum, Microsoft has added plenty to its educational offerings through a series of new product updates and acquisitions over the past few years.

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Hero K12 Gets a Facelift and a New Edtech Acquisition

When Hero K12 acquired SchoolMint two years ago, it didn’t just buy some school enrollment software. It also got a new boss—and a new brand.

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Games Can Breed Uncivil Behavior. They Can Also Teach Digital Citizenship.

For most children, online video games offer an early window into social interactions with friends—and strangers. These virtual realms have become the latest hotspots where parents, teachers and guardians attempt to reinforce safe, positive and responsible behaviors online.

Owl Ventures Just Closed a $315M Edtech Fund. Here’s What It Sees From Its Perch.

It’s been a record-setting year for venture capital investments in U.S. education technology, and early signs in 2019 suggest the industry is poised for another cash infusion. Already, one New York-based edtech company has raised $100 million.

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The Clock Is Ticking for This Edtech Buyer to Find a Deal

If it seems baffling that companies with no revenue can raise money from private investors (ahem, as some edtech startups did in the early 2010’s), then EdTechX Holdings might just sound outright crazy at first. Last October, the London-based education group went public on Nasdaq with no revenue, assets or product.

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