Category Archives: OP-ED

Guest posts from EdTech founders, investors and thought leaders in education.

Managing Data Protection in the Global Learning Landscape

Speexx was founded in Germany, a country with one the of the strictest data regulation policies. We’re now based all over the world and the one of the greatest challenges we see is that HR teams from regions with lower data protection standards don’t yet understand the regulations from countries with more rigid laws. This is a major issue when it comes to big data.

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Tips for Building Successful LifeLong Learning Products

I am not surprised when a discussion with an entrepreneur begins with a pitch, “Our idea has a billion-dollar potential in a multi-trillion dollar education industry”. The recent disruption in education is largely driven by the entrepreneurs who are ambitious enough to think that they can make an impact – both to society and to its shareholders.

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How Video will Revolutionise E-Learning for Professionals and Organisations

Forrester Research calculated that one minute of video is the equivalent of 1.8 million words. Today, a large part of learning can be done by video rather than by complex content modules. This learning format is much easier to design and allows any employee to train at their own pace and with greater autonomy.

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Tutoring: How to make Money in a Goldrush

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on the Media Taylor blog.


Tutoring is a huge market; north of £2bn p.a. in England alone. I have written about it several times including one story titled, Tutoring, unstaked claims to a goldmine?

Tutoring can be a goldmine, which is why some edtech investors seem to approach it with all the restraint of a horde of prospectors stampeding to a goldrush. Yes, some will ‘strike it big’ but most will be disappointed with the assay their claim produces. There are significant opportunities in tutoring and I can think of a couple of companies who I think will be winners but most face significant barriers in terms of achieving scale, delivering quality and particularly in the recruitment and retention of talent.

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Success starts at home: Online Language Learning in Europe

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First published on EDUKWEST


As cross-dressing sensation Conchita Wurst belted out her Eurovision Song Contest-winning tune across a room filled with Europe’s hottest tech start-ups, I knew it could only mean one thing: the Europas annual awards evening had officially begun.  From Berlin came Babbel, who have become one of the world’s leading language learning platforms. Used in 190 countries, with over 25 million app downloads to date, they swept to victory in the education category in exuberant style. However Busuu, Babbel’s nearest rival both in market and geography, reached a staggering 50m users this year, proving that Europe has truly emerged as the home of social language learning.

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