Stanford is an anchor of the Bay Area EdTech hub

Tom Friedman suggested that innovation hubs are in the process of replacing manufacturing a job creating engines.  I spent the day in Austin where the Chamber of Commerce is paying attention to this advice and focusing on expanding their EdTech hub.  They’re already high on the list of global edtech hubs after the Bay Area, New York, DC, Boston, and Seattle.

An EdTech hub would include

  1. Active and coordinated community of angel investors
  2. VC firms with a partner and some funds focused on EdTech(e.g., Menlo/San Fran)
  3. A research university with a great computer science department focused on learning (e.g. UW)
  4. A B-school and Ed school that collaborate to build a pipeline of edupreneurs (e.g., Stanford)
  5. A couple scaled tech companies that employ a lot of engineers
  6. An annual EdTech conference (e.g., FETC, SXSW)
  7. An incubator (e.g., General Assembly, ImagineK12)
  8. Several school districts with an innovation zone and interest in piloting EdTech
  9. Charter networks interested in incorporating innovations in learning
  10. A business friendly state that supports startups
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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.


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