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Insights and opinions from subject matter experts and veterans in the EdTech industry. 

Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of C-Level leaders and Boards. We have engaged in over one-hundred sale transactions. 

Our experience is consistent. There are 3 main reasons people find themselves at “the crossroads” of deciding whether to sell or to keep growing their company. 

We can hear their voices now: 

  • I met or I have been contacted by what I think is a potential buyer. 

  • ...

On May 19, I shared the first post in this series, Building the Infrastructure to Support the Next Wave of Educational Transformation. In it, I discussed three major reasons why academic standards, open educational resources (OER), and Internet technology have not facilitated dramatic change in how education takes place. The reasons are: educational standards don’t align, correlated standard resou...

The Contenders

By now you have probably read the headlines and commentary about the McGraw-Hill and Cengage merger announced May 1st, 2019. It’s a big deal. The newly named McGraw Hill will have revenue of over $3B and over 40,000 titles. Each company brings their own management teams, business lines and models and adaptive learning platforms to the merger - creating opportunity and complexity.

This...

Promise Unfulfilled

Academic standards, open educational resources (OER), and Internet technology connecting every student, teacher and educational leader to countless resources (as well as each other) have proliferated over the last 25 years. However, the promise of these tools and technologies facilitating dramatic change in how education takes place remains largely unfulfilled and this post dive...

May 15, 2019

According to a recent article on Vox Media, due to tight budgets in school districts and limited funds, teachers, schools and districts are increasingly turning to crowdfunding sites. And it’s working. Great!

But there are risks that districts should consider when sites like DonorsChoose, Kickstarter and GoFundMe are used for crowdfunding. A recent article in Education Week highlights the...

I am proud to announce GHP’s participation as a coach in EdSurge’s Immersion event, coming up on April 7 in San Diego. This one day gathering is hosted in partnership with ASU GSV.

The program includes sessions with Deborah Quazzo, Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors and successful entrepreneurs Brett Kopf and Brian Grey of Remind. It also provides four hours of hands on coaching for edtec...

April 2, 2019

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A conversation with Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce.

In February, Torsten wrote a post called Designing a Modern Education System from a Clean slate. This post continues where that post left off.

Employers Need Qualified Learners and Learners Need Good Jobs

In March of 2018, Burning Glass published a report developed fo...

February 27, 2019

In 2013, Good Harbor Partners (GHP) came up with the idea to connect the Boston edtech community and Bostonians across the country and around the world at SXSW EDU. Since then, in partnership with LearnLaunch, we have hosted one of the great traditions at SXSW EDU. This year we are pleased to have Cooley LLP as a co-sponsor for the 7th Annual “Boston in Austin” 6-9pm CT on Monday March 4th.

GHP has...

February 8, 2019

What if we were to start off with a clean slate and design a modern education system that produces the talent and economic competitiveness to succeed in a global economy?

How would we go about designing it? I think we would start with the result we’re aiming for and “back-engineer” a system from that point. Desired outcomes for learners would be:

  • successful completion / graduation, leading to

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March 13, 2018

I typically try not to give generic advice to startups. However, if there is one insight I share repeatedly, it is that if you fail, try to fail quickly.

Have the strength to learn from your mistakes, then guess what …. do it again, just better. By adjusting, trying different approaches and measuring what you have learned eventually you will get it right - depending of course, on how much beating y...

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