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The Education Transformation

10 years ago, in March 2009, USV hosted an event called Hacking Education. The team pulled together a group of operators, founders, and investors to talk about how to create transformation in education. Following the event, my partner Brad wrote [...]  Read more

Recount Media

Eighteen months ago, I had breakfast with John Heilemann and he told me that his world, political media, was challenged in the shift from linear television (ie cable news) to real-time mobile (ie Twitter). He saw an opportunity to address [...]  Read more

Welcoming Outschool to USV

In the last 25 years, the growth and increased convenience of commercial internet has fundamentally changed how we live most aspects of our lives. It has created new ways for us to connect and transact, and it has turned massive [...]  Read more

Education By The Numbers

We have been spending a fair bit of time thinking about education in the US and wanted to share some of what we’ve learned so far. Below is a deck with some of the data we’ve come across, and broadly [...]  Read more

Free Learning

There is an aptitude test that measures creativity by asking people to name use cases for objects such as a paper clip. People who score in the genius category not only come up with many use cases for a paper clip, they [...]  Read more

Education Statistics

Julia Dahl tweeted an amazing graph showing how the number of people working in administrative roles in health care is skyrocketing: Julia [email protected] to @AnandWrites Only 9% goes to payment for physicians. The cost of physicians has not significantly increased [...]  Read more

Looking For Syllabus 2.0

Becoming a fast expert in a new topic is still a big challenge. There are a lot of open resources available on the web, but finding, qualifying, and navigating them--let alone combining them into a self directed system--is a challenge. In the classroom, the syllabus plays that role. The syllabus is a learning map. There's a big opportunity to reinvent the syllabus for the internet. Read more

Reinventing Education

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has announced that he plans to retire at age 54 and turn his attention back to education . He started his career as an English teacher. It seems, from reading the piece I linked to and [...]  Read more