Education is – besides health care – one of the verticals with the most amount of opportunity still left in the digital world. And still a lot of innovation in this space in the past few years was rather incremental (e.g. online test prep, language learning) than ground breaking.
Things are starting to change and I was very excited that I got the opportunity earlier this year to invest alongside Union Square Ventures in Edmodo, a social learning network for teachers, students and schools. Edmodo “provides classrooms a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices”. It has the power to help teachers engage students and allow students to reach their potential.
Education in the digital world feels like the 2nd or 3rd inning of a 9 innings baseball game and there is a realistic chance that we will not only be able to redefine in the next decade how students learn but make education universally accessible. I hope that Edmodo can play a crucial role in that process.
The company announced today a huge Series B round led by Matt Cohler from Benchmark and Reid Hoffman from Greylock with both joining the Edmodo board, helping the company to execute even faster on its vision to build the educational graph for learning.
- Edmodo:The Total Classroom Solution (freetech4teachers.com)
- Innovation in Education (usv.com)
- Greylock And Benchmark Lead $15M Round In Social Collaboration Platform For Classrooms Edmodo (techcrunch.com)
- Edmodo Wants To Make Social Networking A Learning Experience (forbes.com)