One of the most common features of the tech landscape today is the startup accelerator. There are over 200 separate programs in the US alone. The model encompasses mentorship, funding, access to a network of other entrepreneurs, and a space for entrepreneurs and their ideas to mature in safe surroundings.
Hiring the right people is extremely hard. Not only is the market tightly constrained - especially for tech companies, but the unwritten rules for how to hire are often plain wrong. With more candidates who "look good on paper" going on to flounder at startups, it's time to rethink what qualities actually make someone a great employee.
In 2015, the investing community sat up and took notice of edtech. LinkedIn acquired Lynda, and ever since, more analysts have been meticulously studying the growth of edtech funding and innovation. With $1.85 billion raised in 2015, and a nod from Mary Meeker's 2015 report, more people are starting to realize that the Internet has just begun to impact education.
Andrea Goulet and her business partner sat in her living room, casually reviewing their strategic plan, when an episode of This Old House came on television. It was one of those moments where ideas collide to create something new. They'd been looking for a way to communicate their value proposition - cleaning up legacy code and technical debt for other companies.
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This company behind the Jeopardy!-winning computer, Watson, is now establishing itself in the adaptive and personalized learning markets. What is IBM? The company is partnering with a small number of hardware and software providers to bring the same technology that won a special edition of the game show back in 2011 to K-12 institutions, colleges and continuing education providers.
Trying to get an appointment to see a doctor and then carving time out of a busy schedule for the visit is almost a luxury these days. But with significant advances in telemedicine and a recent easing in regulations, it's increasingly common for people to get treated via telephone, texts, email or video for everything...
The collapse of the diagnostic company Theranos shook the world of venture-funded biotechnology. Theranos was a "unicorn," valued by its investors at $9 billion at one point. That made its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest woman billionaire in the world for inventing a technology that, she said, allowed pharmacies and doctors' offices to do a bunch of medical diagnostic tests on a single drop of a person's blood.