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Grants for For-Profit Entities

The more I study the education landscape and become familiar with the various grants available from the government, foundations, and other entities, it is amazing how crippling it is to be a for-profit company. It dramatically reduces the funding opportunities available to an organizaton. No matter the nature of the work, it seems these organizations [...]

The Big 3

What does a game changing educational technology company look like? Well, education can be so broadly defined, but the reality is – unless one is lucky – it takes what I refer to as the Big 3. No, not Ford, GM, and Chrysler. I am talking about a subject matter expert, entrepreneur/business guy, and a [...]

Teach the World Summit has Sparked the Movement

I was fortunate enough to be part of the first annual Teach the World to Read summit last week in Detroit, MI where 40+ entrepreneurs in the education industry from around the country gathered for an interactive discussion around tackling the major literacy issue we are facing in this country. At the heart of the [...]

Publishers – Time to Change the Game!

I recently has a wonderful introductory conversation with an individual in the publishing industry that was extremely forward thinking and in the process of re-engineering the company’s approach to delivering pedagogically-sound content. What stood out from the conversation was, “We do not want to be in the software business, we do not want to touch [...]

Energy

I’ve been thinking a lot about the law of conservation of energy recently (it’s been a slow week). It goes a little something like this: energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but it can be transformed from one state to another. We choose to expend our personal and professional energy on solutions that result [...]

Creating Chaos

I recently met with a colleague who works for a national foundation for a general catch up. We spoke on a variety of items ranging from education to diversity to the over investment in infrastructure in Detroit. One of the main conclusions from our conversation was the need for chaos. Chaos in a positive sense, [...]

Creating Real Wealth Playing in the Education Space

With a background as a professional investor, it took me a while to understand and alter my approach to business as an entrepreneur. It all stems from what I refer to as, “wealth creation.” As an investor sitting on millions of dollars to invest your job is to drive financial returns. Take on the least [...]

Recklessness in Educational Grants

The education grant system is a hot-mess. I spent my weekend researching over 250 grant-making organizations and private family foundations. It’s not my business to tell philanthropic individuals how to donate their money or to demand that they narrow their giving constraints. It is a little odd to me that a grant maker has guidelines [...]

Times are a Changin’

Just got off of the phone with a woman running a virtual school without walls in the Midwest. There was one statement that stood out in mind during our conversation. “There are very few people in the region that get IT when it comes to education.” I would say we were speaking for no more [...]

Real Systemic Change

I sometimes wonder why I spend my time trying to positively impact such a complex, massive issue like education and training. Besides being the most important issue to tackle for the future of our country, it is the deep strategic nature of the problem that intrigues me. After spending a few years in Silicon Valley [...]