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

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

  • ...

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...

February 7, 2018

Once upon a time – not that long ago, actually, the education publishing world was in predictable order and all the education publishers flourished. With a captive market and minimal competition, these publishers lived happily for a very long time.

But, all was not as happy as it seemed. One day, the breaking point was reached and their captive market (called students), stood up and called foul pla...

January 11, 2018

This is the month where we see a lot of predictions for the coming year.  These predictions often center around emerging trends – or what the person making the predictions thinks is a trend.  I always find this curious, since trends – by definition – take place over a number of months and years. 

Trends seem to come and go these days, with only a few seeming to really stick. 

A few years b...

October 10, 2017

Can the democratization of the U.S. Education system be the long-term cure for today’s education crisis in the U.S.? My answer is probably yes, if it leads to providing broader access to better jobs, through relevant education at a lower cost. But before going into more detail, I need to briefly define the terms, “Education Crisis” and “Democratization” in the context of this post.

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