Author Archives: Startup Angel

About Startup Angel

Gordon is a 25 year veteran of start-ups in the field of digital education and learning management, having founded an e-learning software company (Meliora Systems) in1988. He took the start-up from the bootstrapped stage to an IPO in 1998, through a merger with Paul Allen’s company, Asymetrix Learning, now part of SumTotal Systems, a leading LMS provider. Since leaving the company in 2000, he has spent his time working with early stage ventures in the ed-tech sector, including both K-12 and higher-ed markets, as well as start-ups developing innovative offerings in the digital publishing, virtual worlds/MMO games for kids, and mobile learning areas. He is also a mentor at Georgia Tech's ATDC as well as Managing Director of Vernon Bridge Ventures, an early stage capital/advisory firm. He serves on the advisory boards of Excelegrade, Evirx, Rapid LD, and Proving Ground. He is also Past President of Atlanta Technology Angels. He serves on the selection committees for Venture Atlanta and TAG Top 40. He also serves as a guest lecturer and business plan competition judge at Georgia State, Emory and University of Georgia business schools. He has made angel investments in mobile learning, online language training and employee wellness companies, and in virtual world start-ups.

Apparently MOOCS compete more with TV th

Apparently MOOCS compete more with TV than regular colleges: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2013/07/31/new-study-sheds-light-on-free-online-courses/

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Over the past couple of years, Union Square Ventures, already a leading investor in consumer tech startups, has been building up its portfolio in education. It made an early investment in education social network Edmodo in…

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Watch this space: LearnSprout and inBloom Announce Strategic Partnership.

Expect to see more announcements such as this one in the coming months.  According to GigaOm: “InBloom stores the data and provides integration tools and services to allow schools, districts, states and other vendors to aggregate student data from Student … Continue reading

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“Accepted!” (President Obama’s Bold Plan to Reshape American Higher Education)

The key excerpt from this insightful post by education policy analyst Kevin Carey is the following: “The clear implication is that the higher education models that would eligible for federal financial aid through the alternate accreditation system wouldn’t have to … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Gigaom:
A Coursera instructor offering an online course on how to manage an online course has apparently given her students – all 40,000 of them – an unintentional lesson on how not to do just that. Just…

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Dear Edtech Entrepreneur

I came across this open letter from a teacher to ed-tech entrepreneurs, which I recommend to anyone planning to reshape the educational landscape. http://amestrellaworld.blogspot.com/2013/01/dear-edtech-entrepreneurs.html The writer of this blog is a teacher and PD professional, who makes an impassioned plea … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Gigaom:
Last year, we saw momentum build for open data in education with the launch of data startups LearnSprout and Clever, the creation of the non-profit Shared Learning Collaborative and the release of more government education datasets.…

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