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June 7 2013
by Todd Hixon

What Will 2013 Bring?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 5, 2012.] It’s hard to believe that 2012 is about over, however, attention is turning quickly to 2013. I’ve been talking with friends and thinking about what the new year may bring, and that has turned up some interesting perspectives. Theme movie for 2013?   1. The economy […]

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May 20 2013
by John Backus

Commentary: Creative destruction meets higher education

This piece first appeared in the Washington Post’s Business Section on May 20, 2013. I was invited to weigh in during the opening general session at the Education Technology Industry Summit in San Francisco this month, hosted by the Software & Information Industry Association. The topic: “What’s Next” in education. As a technology venture capital […]

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April 30 2013
by Scott Johnson

Redefining Series A (and college education)

In the good old days, aka the mid ’90s, the venture world was quite orderly.  Angel rounds were under $500K.  Series A rounds were $3-$5 million for companies just getting their first customers, and “B rounds” happened 18 months later at $5-$15 million to scale up.  Which firms did which type of investment was well […]

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September 21 2012
by Scott Johnson

A college “degree” is an anachronism.

What good is a college degree?  If you read the popular press, a college diploma increases your earning potential dramatically.  To me, this is a lot of correlation without much causality.  Is it really the degree that made the difference?  Perhaps most of the income effect derives from the fact that the people that got […]

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January 12 2012
by John Backus

Re-Inventing Education for the 21st Century

The Internet is staring down the College Cartel. And the Internet will win. College costs cannot continue to rise at three times the rate of inflation, as they have for the last thirty-five years. My friend Jack Biddle, co-founder of VC firm Novak Biddle, and an early pioneer in online education companies (Blackboard, 2Tor, Fidelis […]

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January 11 2012
by John Backus

Part 2 – Busting up the College Cartel

In my last piece, I pointed out how for more than a generation – 35 years and counting – that the costs of attending college have increased at three times the rate of inflation – almost twice the rate that health care costs have increased over the same period. Yet our children are receiving the […]

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January 10 2012
by John Backus

Part 1 – The Rise of the College Cartel

I wrote an article yesterday that appeared here in the Washington Post’s Capital Business magazine. I have had some tremendous feedback about this article, and many of you have asked me to expand on my ideas about how to reform the College and University system in America. This is the first of three posts I […]

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