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John Katzman and Robert Lytle on the Current State of Education Technology

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K-12 schools and higher education establishments have seen a shift in not only how education is delivered, but also in the market around educational software development. EdTech programs have increased exponentially, and hybrid courses have been embraced as a new and beneficial model for students and teachers alike. In this episode John and Rob share their insider knowledge on how tech providers are adapting and how enrollment has been affected, as well as their predictions for the future of EdTech.

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Amit Patel and Ian Chiu Discuss the Details Behind Owl Ventures New Pair of Investment Funds

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The education sector covers a very wide spectrum, so how do you go about investing in the right business? In this episode, Todd Hand speaks with Amit Patel and Ian Chiu, Managing Directors at Owl Ventures, to find out who they are working closely with. EdTech is able to produce global products that scale fast, so now is the time to act quickly. Tune in as they discuss the timelines of closing deals, Patel and Chiu’s successful investments and exits, as well as a very special announcement regarding current funds.

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The Financial and Infrastructural Impacts on The Early Childhood Education Sector

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In the light of the recent changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Todd welcomes David Evans and George Bernstein to the Knowledge Leaders Podcast to discuss the financial and infrastructural impacts on child care businesses. David Evans is involved with Child Development Schools. He reflects on the current state of child care, and points out the differences from the retail sector. In childcare businesses, teachers, parents and investors have always prioritised the safety and wellbeing of the children above profits. David assesses how a successful childcare business can function whilst taking parents’ newfound work-at-home lifestyle into Account. George Bernstein is the former CEO of Nobel Learning Communities. George discusses the best approach to investment in a general sense, but particularly in navigating 2020’s unpredictable market and environment.

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Joining a Business Remotely: Two Months In

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Several months into the pandemic, many businesses have had to learn how to hire new team members remotely. In this episode, Todd Hand and April Sarraille catch up with Varda Halidy, ASA’s new VP of Human Resources, to hear what it’s been like joining a team virtually. Tune in as we discuss video interviews, building meaningful connections with colleagues over Zoom, and Varda’s advice for hiring over the next few months.

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Coding Bootcamps and the Switch to Online

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Todd Hand sits down with Dan Vigdor, Founder and Executive Chairman of HackerU, Martin Keck, Head of Edtech Investment Banking at Needham & Company and Kush Patel, CEO of App Academy to discuss coding boot camps and how the switch to online and remote learning has changed their education process.

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EdTech CEOs and Selling to Higher Education

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Todd Hand sits down with Chris Caren, CEO of Turnitin, and John Knific, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Wisr, to discuss the changes they’ve seen as executives in education technology companies selling into higher education. What does the 2020 school year look like for higher education? What are these education technology companies doing to help their customers during these times?

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What To Expect At The New Virtual EdTech Week 2020

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Todd Hand sits down with Ash Kaluarachchi, Co-Founder,  and Jonathan Harber, Chairman and Co-Founder of Started, Inc. John Gamba, Entrepreneur in Residence & Director of Innovative Programs, and Michael Golden, Executive Director and Senior Fellow, of The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of The Center of Education Reform to discuss the upcoming EdTech Week, which has now become a virtual event. In this conversation, we learn how this event is different from the past, as well as how much as changed from the original plans in order to provide the best and most attainable event for attendees. This event, now free to all attendees, has something for everyone. To learn more about this year’s event, and to register, please go to https://edtechweek.com.

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Investment In Higher Education and The Pandemic

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Bradley Palmer, Chairman of Palm Ventures, and John Semel, Chief Strategy Officer of Zovio, Inc., sit down with Todd Hand to talk about the intricacies of investment in higher education during a global pandemic. The current pandemic has accelerated some of the issues they’ve seen in higher education previously. They discuss the potential for the perceived ROI of higher education to drastically change enrollment rates for the 2020 school year. There is a continued conversation regarding the ever-growing skills gap that we are facing in America that will only be accelerated during this time of mass unemployment and remote learning. Bradley and John give their thoughts on which companies and schools have the most promise and growth on the other side of this.

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The Changing Focus of Education Foundations In The Pandemic

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Joseph Wise, CEO of ERDI, and Chris Minnich, CEO of NWEA talk with Todd Hand about K-12 School Districts and how this is currently the biggest upheaval K-12 education has ever experienced. Joseph and Chris discuss how their companies are planning for after the pandemic, as well as what questions school districts are asking. How can will teachers bridge learning gaps in September? Will September be normal? How can we get wifi and edtech into the hands of more students? All this and more in the latest episode of the Knowledge Leaders Podcast.

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K-12 School Districts and The Current Crisis

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Joseph Wise, CEO of ERDI, and Chris Minnich, CEO of NWEA talk with Todd Hand about K-12 School Districts and how this is currently the biggest upheaval K-12 education has ever experienced. Joseph and Chris discuss how their companies are planning for after the pandemic, as well as what questions school districts are asking. How can will teachers bridge learning gaps in September? Will September be normal? How can we get wifi and edtech into the hands of more students? All this and more in the latest episode of the Knowledge Leaders Podcast.

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