27 Reasons why Ed Tech is the best investment

27 Reasons why Ed Tech is the best investment

Why Ed Tech? Why now? 

  1. There has not yet been the “Youtube” of Ed Tech yet.
  2. Investment in Education Technology has skyrocketed with businesses and Entrepreneurs
  3. Mobile is everywhere and education on Mobile allows you to reach people quickly… and simultaneously
  4. Technology has taken a previously fragmented system and allowed us to link learning to students and teachers faster and more seamlessly
  5. We can collaborate now with social media
  6. Adaptive Learning Technologies make learning faster and more relevant for the student (Cognii, Knewton)
  7. Companies that succeed over a long period of time have a very strong focus. It’s easy to mask quality over the short term, but long term quality is essential for longevity. There is a dearth of quality digital course design
  8. Companies want better education internally, helping to find and retain talent
  9. Students want better education, more aligned with relevant jobs
  10. I.T. jobs require constant education to be able to be fast to market and satisfy customer and employer needs
  11. Non-skill based degrees will fade in importance over the long term
  12. International Student flows for advanced education are increasing significantly, ed tech allows for meeting the needs of these students
  13. International parents are willing to pay a substantial amount of money on education and supplementary education. They are willing to pay 15% and above of their annual take home pay on the education of their children.
  14. Tutoring is just something that overseas students ‘do’. It is standard.
  15. The upper end of the U.S. Bell Curve is willing to pay a very large amount toward SAT and test preparation.
  16. Education is the single most important thing in moving people and companies ahead
  17. The number of educational technology companies is broadening
  18. The value chain of the educational space is moving more toward a digital environment
  19. More companies are making profits in this space and are faster to market than in the past
  20. Outside companies are now involved with providing and creating content instead of having the content fully created my educators
  21. Over 1/3 of internet searches in China are education based
  22. MOOCs are accelerating their development and reach (Kahn, Coursera, Udemy)
  23. New online learning platforms are proliferating
  24. By and large, most every major VC has some vet in the Ed Tech space
  25. Financial sponsors for Educations Technology continue to grow
  26. Many Ed Tech companies have “gone public” in the last few years
  27. Approximately 45 Ed Tech companies are worth over 1 billion dollars

What are some opportunities / needs here? 

  1. More and better adaptive learning technologies
  2. Aligning education of students with current and relevant jobs
  3. Be able to demonstrate skills and not just knowledge
  4. Content isn’t immediately translated to other languages, quality is often compromised. Content developers are needed to massage this content for quality.
  5. The retirement community has money and wants to learn
  6. It is still unknown what the “right way” is to create optimal learning
  7. OER is rising in importance (it’s also more prevalent outside the U.S.)
  8. Content vs. Technology cooperation and integration

What are investors looking for? 

  1. growth at higher than market rate
  2. cash flow
  3. a return other investment (obviously)

Then… 

  1. strength in distrbution
  2. content portfolio
  3. teachers believe in your business
  4. reputation
  5. maintaining your reputation
  6. sticky business model (money making)
  7. Competitive differentiation with your closest peer set
  8. how are you running your sales force
  9. What is your competitive advantage content and sales wise
  10. are you ready for the future? will you be ready for how the market evolves?

What is one thing I can do to move my business forward? 

  1. Be laser focused on serving your customers

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