Latest investments by NewSchools Venture Fund

NewSchools Venture Fund’s Seed Fund has been hard at work since it officially kicked off early this year. The group now counts more than 20 investments (editor’s note: EdSurge is one). The fund typically makes investments of $50K to $100K.

Clay Shirky / Shirky’s Blog

Napster, Udacity, and the Academy

Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files. This wasn’t a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side effect

Reeba Zachariah & Boby Kurian / The Times of India

Manipal to buy back 12% from 2 investors

India’s largest education services company Manipal Global will buy back 12% stake held by IDFC and Capital International for nearly $140 million, even as the Bangalore-based company wants to spin off its international university campuses into a separate company

Rip Empson / Techcrunch

TechStars Grad Testive Raises $500K From HubSpot Co-Founder, Others For Its Test-Prep Platform That Adapts As You Study

Testive, an alum of TechStars’ Boston accelerator, has developed a new line of test-preparation products in partnership with MIT that seek to make old-school testing and test prep obsolete

The Economist

Not what it used to be

American universities represent declining value for money to their students

ON THE face of it, American higher education is still in rude health. In worldwide rankings more than half of the top 100 universities, and eight of the top ten, are American

Kate Douglas / How We Made It in Africa

How educating Africa’s children for $5 a month can be a viable business

Shannon May is one of the co-founders of Bridge International Academics (BIA), a network of primary schools in Kenya that aim to provide quality education at US$4-5 a month, using their ‘school in a box’ model

James Byers and Adam Frey / Wikispaces

How to Succeed in Ed-Tech

Most of today’s education technology startups are doomed to fail. “But wait!” you say. “It’s 2012 and ed-tech startups are sprouting up everywhere, pushing real innovation into a slow-moving yet vitally important market, gaining traction, getting funded!”

Michael Staton / Techcrunch

How Dev Bootcamp Is Transforming Education To Focus On “Extreme Employability”

Six months ago, Jessie Young, 26, was working as a marketing manager at Get Satisfaction – a hip, well-known startup. She loved her job. She loved the company

Jon Sakoda / NEA Blog

A Crisis in Education is a Terrible Thing to Waste

The U.S. education system is facing a public crisis of confidence. Students at the K-12 level consistently underperform in math, science and reading compared to peers in China, Japan and Australia

Nilofer D’Souza, Jasodhara Banerjee / Forbes India

Student Applications For Foreign Education Drop

If numbers tell a story, then the plot that is emerging seems to indicate that Indian students are doing a rethink on studying abroad.