Before the coronavirus made edtech more relevant, companies in the sector were historically likely to see slow, low exits. Despite successful IPOs by 2U, Chegg and Instructure in the United States, public markets are not crowded with edtech companies. Some of the largest exits in the space include...

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. As ever I was joined by TechCrunch managing editor Danny Crichton and our early-stage venture capital reporter Natasha Mascarenhas. We had Chris on...

AR has secretly penetrated the world beyond mobile gaming and is looking to take more.   By Alvin Mak   The world was shaken to its core when Niantic, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company released Pokémon Go. For those summer months of 2016, this game...

How does a hands-on industry such as the arts cope with social distancing?    By Sanika Kulkarni   In the corporate world, the pandemic has given rise to a series of ‘new normals’ that businesses and individuals have had to adapt to. Both traditional and...

When Quizlet became a unicorn earlier this year, CEO Matthew Glotzbach said he’d prefer to distance the company from the common nomenclature for a startup valued at or above $1 billion. “The way Quizlet has gotten to this point is by building and growing a very responsible business,” he...

In the last few months everything about our lives has either disappeared or gone online. Instead of going out to restaurants we order meals through apps. Instead of going to the grocery store we order groceries through apps. And instead of going into an office or school, many of us are working and...

U.S. education is in crisis. Poorly paid teachers, funding tied to property taxes, and the lack of a national curriculum have produced a fractured national landscape for primary education. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated that situation, forcing unprepared teachers to teach...

The world’s massive experiment with remote learning has done more than emphasize the cracks in the way we learn. It’s brought much needed attention and capital to potential solutions. But it’s not just investors who are flurrying to the space; edtech incumbents are taking notice, too. Recent...

Jumpstart’s interview with CEO of Snapask, Timothy Yu   By ALVIN MAK   Extra-curricular tutoring has been a quintessential part of an Asian education. Parents often hire private educators to ensure their children are adequately caught up and even ahead on school materials. However, online...

“The China Hustle,” a documentary from a few years back, depicts a special type of stock market fraud. Obscure Chinese high-tech manufacturers, agricultural producers, and mining companies would list on overseas stock exchanges. Investor conferences, investment funds, and stockbrokers played up...

One of China’s top online tutoring platforms Zuoyebang announced Monday the completion of a $750 million Series E led by Fountainvest Partners and Tiger Global.Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has drawn investor interest to China’s biggest education technology players as students...

Nearly 40 million Americans are unemployed, and a recent study that examined more than 66,000 tech job layoffs found that sales and customer success roles are most vulnerable amid COVID-19. In response, some quarters of Silicon Valley are abuzz about a long-standing technology: reskilling, or...

  Why Covid-19 has proven tech’s ability to accelerate    The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the education system into disarray. UNESCO reports that over 1.1 billion learners have been affected globally. Major exam boards, including those for IGCSEs, A-Levels, and the IBDP, have canceled...

Physical textbooks are reprinted once a year at best according to the waterfall process. Their content becomes outdated way before it’s published. And if a textbook is not commercially successful, it means financial losses for the company. One of the solutions is to create digital content right...

Unlike most sectors, edtech has been booming over the last few months. Flashcards startup Quizlet is now a unicorn, digital textbook company Top Hat is finding unprecedented surges in usage and student success business Edsights raised nearly $2 million from high-profile investors, all from inbound...