Transforming the way the world learns

The future is shaped by the way we teach and learn in the present. We’re in the middle of one of the great revolutions in the history of education. New technologies are not only intensifying classroom learning, but creating a world in which any Internet-enabled device can become a classroom on demand.

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  • Edmodo

    Edmodo

    A social network for students, teachers and educators.

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  • generalassembly

    General Assembly

    A next-generation campus with coworking, startup incubation, and live-streaming classes, making business school obsolete for those interested in the internet sector.

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  • Bridge_International_Academics

    Bridge International Academies

    Bridge International is building the most scalable, ultra-low cost private school network in the world.

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  • Coursera Logo

    Coursera

    Coursera’s comprehensive education platform combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content and a global community of peers, offering students a unique online learning experience.

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  • Udemy Logo

    Udemy

    Udemy is a platform that empowers anyone to teach and learn online, offering a marketplace of thousands of online courses from the best instructors in the world.

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  • Brilliant

    Brilliant

    Brilliant Scholars is a series of academic challenges that surfaces the most gifted young people in the world.

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  • bloomboard

    Bloomboard

    Cloud-based teacher evaluation, data capture and insights platform powering a new generation of professional development.

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  • mangahigh

    Manga High

    High quality and engaging math games with integrated student analytics.

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  • diy

    DIY

    An online community empowering the next generation of scouting, inspiring kids to engage in hands on learning and participate in the maker movement.

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  • eSpark

    E-Spark

    Enables classroom teachers to discover iPad apps for personalized learning and individualized skill delivery

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  • BrightBytes

    BrightBytes

    BrightBytes delivers tools and services that measure the impact of technology use on learning.

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  • ClassDojo

    Class Dojo

    Realtime behavior management tools that help teachers decrease the time they spend dealing with negative behavior so they can focus on teaching.

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  • Bloc

    Bloc

    Bloc is the first code learning platform that allows you to learn by building and deploying real web apps in the cloud.

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  • HireArt

    HireArt

    A next generation hiring solution focused on skills demonstration, using technology to target an omnipresent problem for companies and individuals alike

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  • Storybird

    Storybird

    A rapidly growing literacy platform that lets anyone create beautiful, art-inspired stories in seconds.

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  • LearnZillion

    Learn Zillion

    A highly flexible, ultra low cost production model for generating Common Core digital curricula that rapidly iterates and improves through use.

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  • kalibrr

    Kalibrr

    Kalibrr is an online platform that helps users apply to and train for BPO jobs across the world.

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  • Chromatik

    Chromatik

    First cross-device music performance, collaboration, and instruction platform.

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  • desmos

    Desmos

    Transforming the graphing calculator into a rich mathematics exploration and journaling tool that is natively social.

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  • Mastery_Connect

    MasteryConnect

    A platform to connect Common Core assessments of student progress with classroom practice.

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  • novoed

    NovoEd

    Collaborative, experimental courses from top universities fostering core competencies.

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  • popexpert

    PopExpert

    Individual mentoring over video, encouraging individual attention for students across disciplines.

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  • educlipper

    EduClipper

    A content sharing and curation service designed specifically for K12 students and teachers.

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  • studyedge

    StudyEdge

    App based undergraduate tutoring, review sessions, and study guides from qualified peers.

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  • SchoolTube

    SchoolTube

    The leading video hosting and distribution platform for student-generated video content in schools, already in use at more than 40% of US schools.

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  • StudySync

    Study Sync

    A first-ever literacy learning experience combining high-quality curricula with social interactions and innovative Hollywood-style production.

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  • advancepath

    AdvancePath

    A blended learning program with support from school district partners, focused on academic performance in a positive behavioral intervention and support setting, while taking full advantage of technology-based learning resources.

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  • No_Red_Ink

    No Red Ink

    A teacher-created writing app that helps students practice their grammar through customized and adaptive online quizzes.

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  • codehs

    CodeHS

    A beginner-friendly, common core aligned computer science curriculum making it easier for schools to teach computer science.

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  • Singularity_University

    Singularity University

    Singularity University educates and accelerates the work of scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators and other leaders.

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  • Vayable

    Vayable

    The first anyone-to- anyone marketplace of guides for in-destination experiences.

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  • Verbling

    Verbling

    Peer-to-peer language tutoring via video. Login and practice with native-language peers from around the world within minutes.

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  • Brownie_Points

    Brownie Points

    Brownie Points is a math practice and learning platform that rewards children for improving their math skills.

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  • Junyo

    Junyo

    Junyo is an adaptive learning analytics platform that makes it easy to measure student learning, analyze data and act on the results.

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  • MobLab

    MobLab

    Pioneer of mobile-social educational games for social science classrooms, encompassing subjects with the highest course enrollments in higher education

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  • Pluto_Games

    Pluto Games

    The creator of the award-winning music education app, Pluto Learns Piano.

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  • schoola

    Schoola

    A fundraising platform allowing parents and schools to raise money from local businesses.

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  • Open_Study

    OpenStudy

    An online social learning network where students can instantly get and receive help in any subject.

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  • makersrow

    Maker’s Row

    Increasing clarity and awareness around the factory production process.

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  • showme

    ShowMe

    An ipad app making it easier for teachers to create and share visual tutorials.

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  • The TackTile logo represents TackTile, a company that provides out-of-the-box science learning experiences for kids, families and schools.

    TackTile

    TackTile makes science lessons engaging by providing DIY-kits that structure out-of-the-box labs, simulations, expirements and other learning experiences to families and schools.

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What we're thinking about

The Question of Why Now

Edtech has been experiencing a boom unlike anything the sector has ever witnessed. If you look at the number of edtech startups that are discussed each year in startup digests like Tech Crunch, you’ll find the mentions have exploded. In tracking we do here, the numbers have ballooned from approximately 20 articles in 2008 to over 300 articles in 2012. Here’s our rough and ready TC-EDU index (and we’d welcome it if folks wanted to send us their own indices):

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About Us

Partners

  • Robert Hutter

    Robert J. Hutter

    Managing Partner

    Robert J. Hutter is Managing Partner of Learn Capital. He was co-founder of Edusoft (acquired by Houghton-Mifflin), one of the most widely used assessment management platforms in US public education. Rob is a patent holder in games-based adaptive learning and is the founder of a tax credits partnership administered by the U.S. Treasury focusing on high performance schools.

    In addition to his background in education, Rob was co-founder of Gazillion, a developer of massively multiplayer online videogames featuring Marvel Entertainment franchises, and was co-founder of SmartDrive, a developer of life saving solutions for fleet vehicle operators that was recently named to the Wall Street Journal Top 50 Venture-Backed Startup List. Earlier in his career, Rob worked at Fundamental Capital and was instrumental in the founding stages of Silicon Spice which sold to Broadcom for $1.2 billion. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

  • Greg Mauro

    Greg Mauro

    Managing Partner

    Greg Mauro is a Managing Partner of Learn Capital. Greg was a member of the inaugural foundation board at High Tech High schools in San Diego and is a co-founder of RCV, a facilities financing fund for high achieving schools. As an entrepreneur and investor, Greg has been on the founding team of five ventures that have received over $500M in venture capital. He was founder and CEO of Nextivity, a breakthrough indoor coverage provider with customers including Vodafone and T-Mobile. Nextivity was the 2009 CONNECT Most Innovative Product Award winner and is a Fierce Wireless Top 15 company. He was also founder and President of SmartDrive, a provider of onboard vehicle risk management and a Wall Street Journal Top 50 Startup. Prior to SmartDrive, Greg was founding Vice President of Business Development at Entropic, where he authored the original business plan and led strategic investment efforts. Now public, Entropic (ENTR) includes Verizon, Time Warner, Comcast, and DIRECTV as investors and Entropic technology powers the in-home video networking for each.

  • Tom Vander Ark

    Tom Vander Ark

    Managing Partner

    Tom Vander Ark is a Managing Partner of Learn Capital. Previously, he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent for one of Washington State’s larger school districts that has been recognized for narrowing achievement gaps and reducing administrative costs. Tom also has extensive experience in the private sector serving as a senior executive for retail start up PACE Membership Warehouse that achieved $5 billion in revenue and was sold to K-Mart.

    Tom is director of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and advises a number of education reform groups. He’s the author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and blogs at GettingSmart.com.

  • Michael Staton

    Michael Staton

    Partner

    Michael Staton is a Partner at Learn Capital. He is the founder and former CEO of Inigral, the pioneer of Social Enrollment Management technology in Higher Education and the first Lifecycle Engagement Platform. For Inigral, Michael secured the first ever venture investment from the Gates Foundation into a private company. Because of his years as a public school teacher and his intuitive understanding of K12 education, Michael served as a Venture Partner and still serves as a Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s EdTech Portfolio. Michael was declared a top one hundred innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is on the advisory board of SxSW EDU, the ASU Education Innovation Summit, and the Higher Education Working Group of the American Enterprise Institute and the New America Foundation.

  • Elliott Bisnow

    Elliott Bisnow

    Venture Partner

    Elliott Bisnow is a Venture Partner at Learn Capital, and represents Summit within the general partnership. As Founder and CEO of Summit, Elliott oversees their annual gatherings, which Forbes called “The Davos of Generation Y,” and President Clinton called “A gift to the United States and the world.” Elliott also oversees their Action Fund, which made 10 startup investments 2011, including Zaarly, Warby Parker, EcoMom, Scribd and Uber. Elliott is the Co-Founder of The Get Well Soon Tour, which brings world famous musicians to perform in hospitals for sick children. At each Get Well Soon Tour stop, children in hospitals across America are surprised by their idols and this year met Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Pitbull and Mandy Moore; Elliott serves as a founding board member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Elliott is also the Co-Founder of Bisnow Media Corporation with his dad, Mark, which is the largest publisher of commercial real estate news in America and one of the largest business conference producers in America. Elliott grew up in Washington DC and is an avid tennis player and skier.

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