Education

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No Prom this Year?
Local entrepreneur fighting to get Boston high school students a prom
Another Course to College (image by Puchku -under Creative Commons)
Noah Gordon, the founder of automobile tech startup Jaze, is at a critical point for the success of his company. Jaze, a MassChallenge grad, is trying to make a few key partnerships with companies in the auto industry, and Gordon is in the midst of major fundraising (with some recent success I've heard) and is trying to find investors that match his vision as the company grows. So why did Gordon just decide to take on the cause of a local high school that just had its prom cancelled? Read More
Unique Money Model
Upstart keeps innovating lending models to finance the young and ambitious
upstart
Palo Alto-based Upstart, a non-traditional loan company that uses a borrower's future earnings potential as a metric for qualification, launched a new traditional loan product last Wednesday.  Only a couple years old, the company already made an impact on the lives of young entrepreneurs with its innovative loan products. Read More
Higher Ed's Open Platform
Boundless wants to do to textbooks what Wikipedia did to encyclopedias
(GRACIA LAM via BostonGlobe.com)

This morning, Boundless, the Boston-based ed tech company that has shaken up the college textbook industry by offering electronic textbook alternatives at a lower cost, announced that it is launching a cloud-based platform to make educational content more widely accessible.

More access to information — sound familiar? Isn't that what Wikipedia is built on?  Read More

Survey says...
State of Massachusetts testing surveys from Cambridge's Panorama Education
Panorama co-founder and CEO Aaron Feuer.
Can surveys of students, teachers, parents, and principals produce better schools? That's the premise at Cambridge-based Panorama Education, which launched last year and already helps about 5,000 schools field surveys and analyze the results. The startup pulled in $4 million in funding last fall — some of it from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and actor Ashton Kutcher — and is now up to eight full-time employees. Panorama also just started its first pilot project with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that will survey 17,000 students and teachers between now and the end of this school year. The department's eventual goal is a statewide roll-out of the new survey in 2014-2015, which would be a much bigger win for Panorama. Read More