Today I had the pleasure of being amongst the first getting an interview with Jason Calacanis, founder and CEO of Mahalo.com on the launch of Mahalo 4.0.
Without doubt, pivot turned out to be one of the most used words in business when thinking of 2010. So, like it or not, thinks it’s overly used but pivot is the right way to describe the new Mahalo. From user generated content it has evolved into portal where you can learn anything you want. It consists of three main components that Jason and the team identified as the most effective ones when learning on the Internet: articles, videos, Q&A.
This is truly an exciting week for education 2.0. After yesterday’s launch of Mahalo 4.0 which takes on the asynchronous video learning market which an additional live Q&A community part, another well known player entered the field of language learning communities today.
Babylon, the software based dictionary that launched in 1997, is now offering an online community for linguists in its newest version 9 release. The company also teamed up with Ginger Software, a contextual spell and grammar checker.
Over the past couple of weeks Jason Calacanis was dropping quite a few hints in which direction his company might evolve in the near future and that Mahalo 4 would be a pivot, being launched on the DLD conference today.
For about two hours the new Mahalo is online and it looks pretty neat. To me it’s a mixture of EHow meets Khan Academy meets SquareSpace.
Flat World Knowledge, the world’s leading publisher of open source text books raised $15 million USD in a series B round from Bertelsmann Digital Media, other investors and angels.
The really interesting thing about Flat World Knowledge is that it actually disrupts two business models of other startups in the $8 billion USD textbook market. They are disrupting disruption if you will.
I am not a big fan of widgets and applications on websites but it only took me 5 minutes from first seeing this one to having it installed here.
Since last night this blog is Apture Enhanced which you might have noticed when scrolling down the page. A bar with share options and a search field will pop up at the top. But that’s not the really cool part about Apture.
With Apture you can now mark any word or combination of words on this blog and “learn more” about it, all without leaving the page. It’s absolutely amazing.
Just finished a nice talk with Jeff Novich of VocabSushi and I am really happy to have him back on EDUKWEST this coming Monday to catch up on what he has been up to in the past months since our first interview.
One thing I would like to share with you already now is a cool little game he developed based on VocabSushi using Twitter and the hashtag #vocabbomb.
As edupreneur who is offering live lessons on the internet you need of course a way for your customers to schedule lessons with you.
There are a couple of online schedules out there and today I would like to show you a new one which I think is really easy to set up, you can the look customize and it’s free for small businesses. So, let’s take a look at ScheduleThing.
Last year, I had the pleasure of participating in the Fifth Conference PEOPLE edition with an opinion piece on how to record knowledge in the new age. Frank Boermeester, editor and community manager now formally launched the Council of the Fifth Conference, inviting innovators from around the globe to join the initiative.
The Council of the Fifth Conference is a global innovation think tank with the goal to create one of the world’s best knowledge sources and professional networks for understanding the near future and supporting innovative entrepreneurship.
Today, this blog goes in its third year so thank you all for taking the time and read my news and occasional rants for now 730 days.
As one of my inspirations Gary Vaynerchuk says, content creators like us need to understand what great times we are living in and that there are actually people out there who take the time to read or watch or listen to what we are producing.
Therefore to all of you, thank you for taking your time reading this blog, leaving comments and discussing with me and the other readers.
As I say in the video, I believe that 2011 could be a turning point for online educators. As a result, you will find a good portion of new content made for and targeting edupreneurs in the coming weeks and months on this blog, so stay tuned.
A few days ago Jason Renshaw posted an article around his feelings and observations around the increasing dominance of Pearson in the education world over the past couple of years. Today, Pearson announced that the company increased its shareholding in TutorVista to a controlling 76% stake for $127 million USD raising the total investment of Pearson in TutorVista to $139 million USD.
Is this the rise of an 800 pound gorilla in online education which will dominate the whole market from school education over ESL to math and science?
So, the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) company Salesforce bought the web conferencing platform Dimdim for $31 million USD in cash.
Right after the announcement of the deal, Dimdim changed its landing page stating that they won’t accept new clients anymore, the old clients could use the service during the transition period until March 15th as they had done before. After that period the service will shut down completely as it seems.
The third quarter of 2010 started with the sale of eduFire to Camelback Education which led to various posts on the business model of live lessons itself and the question if those platforms and services ever take off.
Other big topics were the PR battle between Livemocha and Rosetta Stone around the launch of their new flagship products Active Courses and TOTALe, the rise of Udemy, the pivot of YongoPal and the growing necessity of tracking and recording learning in the new decade.
This morning Paul Maglione, Co-Founder of English Attack! asked an interesting question on Twitter.
The end of the road for interpreters? Google now translates conversations.
It’s based on the alpha release of the Google Translate application on Android which now features an option to translate spoken conversations, dubbed “conversation mode”, for now exclusively in English and Spanish.
Like the story of Ted Williams, this one is not about education 2.0 but it is simply too good to not share it with you. It also contains some interesting trends in social media, so it is still somewhat related to this blog.
Anyway, it all started with a Facebook update of Stefan Wolpers who bought some Asparagus from Peru.