Video | Demo Day 09.11.13

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Here's the full video of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator's first Demo Day, which happened September 11th at The IAC Building in New York City.

GigaOM: Degreed 'disrupting the diploma'

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

GigaOM's Ki Mae Heussner writes about LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman's take on rethinking (and overhauling) education ("we need to apply new technologies to the primary tool of traditional certification, the diploma," says Hoffman),  with a nice shout out for the approach being pursued by Kaplan EdTech Accelerator alum company Degreed:

"But Degreed, a startup launched by a member of the founding team of ed tech company Zinch (which later sold to IPO-bound textbook rental site Chegg), comes closest to matching Hoffman’s vision of technology-driven credentialing. Its slogan (“jailbreaking the degree”) lines right up with Hoffman’s goal of 'disrupting the diploma' and its service is very similar to the design specs he lays out. 
The company, which has raised $900,000 in funding and just graduated from Kaplan’s TechStars-powered ed tech accelerator, gives users an online, updateable and machine-readable repository for tracking all of their learning — from a Harvard education to classes on Coursera or iTunes to educational books and videos. It also aims to score those experiences so that users and employers have a modular way of understanding a person’s collection of skills. Since launching last year, the company says, users have uploaded 1.5 million pieces of credentialing information to the site."

READ Ki Mae's full post "LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on education: overhaul the degree, not just the instruction," at GigaOM (Sept 16, 2013).

VentureBeat: Live blogging Demo Day

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kaplan CEO Andy Rosen, standing in front of a picture of Stanley Kaplan.( Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat) 
Technology pub VentureBeat was there to cover the action at the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator "Demo Day," held this morning in New York City.  The inaugural class of 10 ed-tech startups "graduated" and presented to group of investors and education influencers.  Read "TechStars-powered Kaplan EdTech Accelerator holds its first demo day in NYC," (Sept 11, 2013) on VentureBeat.

Team Updates|Countdown to Demo Day

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Demo Day (Wed Sept 11th) is around the corner and the 10 startups are furiously getting ready to present to funders and education sector influencers.

Let's check in with a few companies' CEOs as they share their experiences with Kaplan EdTech Accelerator.

Flinja | Victor Young

Mentor Mob | Kris Chinosorn

Ranku | Kim Taylor

Verificient Technologies | Tim Dutta