Education is redefining its definition of effective – TechCrunch


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I have a theory. The debate over accreditation in education often focuses on two extremes: people who don’t believe in the need for a four-year degree and people who think accreditation, and an ivy-laden stamp of approval, is the only way to have success . But, after nearly two years of covering edtech, I realized that grouping these cohorts into two very separate groups could be an oversimplification. In fact, while I was speaking on Equity this week, there is more of an overlap than one might imagine when it comes to how entrepreneurs view the future of education.

Let me explain. When it comes to fundraising or types of capital, optionality has been the term du jour in the current tech environment. And the same is true when we talk about the types of educational pathways a student should have access to.

For example, Woolf founder Joshua Broggi thinks that many tech bootcamps, or newer colleges, will eventually need to provide an accredited option to continue attracting customers. It raised millions to show how important accreditation as a service will be for future educators. Meanwhile, the Strive School, led by Tobia De Angelis, was launched in response to the outdated STEM course material taught in European industries. While most universities in Europe are low-cost or free, he argued that accessibility doesn’t equate to effectiveness. It raised millions of dollars to demonstrate why an alternative is needed.

The similarity between these two entrepreneurs is that they think that students need a high-quality education that is actually effective; they differ only in the strategies of how to get there. From an ethical point of view, both fields agree on the importance of offering students a variety of resources, because traditional and universal learning is not effective.

For my full take on this topic, check out my TechCrunch + column: Accreditation as a Service and the Future of Alternative Degrees. We’ll go down a slew of rabbit holes, including income-sharing deals, the nuances of accessibility, and why collaboration can be the tedious answer to innovation.

In the remainder of this newsletter we will talk about mergers and acquisitions, cryptocurrency gains and startup risk. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @nmasc_ or send me a direct message on Instagram @natashathereporter.

Repubblica wants friends in the media

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In the wake of a $ 150 million Series B fundraiser, the New York Republic-based investment platform acquired the Arora Project, a media equity crowdfunding agency that helps startups create and launch campaigns (or in other words, acts as a management consultant).

Here’s what to know: Republic has always been a more curated platform thanks to its focus, but Arora Project and future acquisitions could help it find better ways to answer some of these questions, either by introducing a new cohort of investors to its platform or by helping more startups launch campaigns that they balance transparency with ambition. Anyway, given the one from last week plunge into the future of moderationInterestingly, Arora boasts a rigorous newcomer screening process that she works with and accepts less than 10% of the applications she receives each month.

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A photo of palm trees buckling in Category 1 typhoon winds on the island of Boracay in the Philippines

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always grown up! Fresh from stealth and a $ 7 million raise, the climate fintech startup announced his plans for being the “first company in the world dedicated to carbon withdrawal” reports Neesha Tambe. The company will finance climate development projects and then create long-term purchase deals for those same budding business plans.

Here’s what to know: The differentiating element of the startup is its sheer willingness to operate in such a thorny environment. Climate projects often have to show banks purchase contracts, a guarantee to purchase the carbon credits created by the project, before they take out any financing. That’s not exactly how venture capital speed works, forcing companies to learn how to balance their table of limits with insurance, debt investors, and other developers.

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Cryptocurrencies also confuse Wall Street, I guess

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As Coinbase is perhaps the largest and best-known player in the crypto space, its third-quarter financial results carried some weight. So on Friday we took an emergency equity snapshot to talk about the numbers and the confused reaction from Wall Street.

Here’s what to know: Navigating a volatile market, even if you know it is volatile, is scary for Wall Street, which caused Coinbase’s share price to plummet after a lackluster earnings report. It’s a reminder that even amid the hype and certainty that cryptocurrencies aren’t disappearing overnight, the asset class still has a lot of work to do on education.

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