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HyperX Aims At Education Market

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming accessories arm of Kingston Technology, is taking aim at the education market this year--saying it is offering up deals on its gaming peripherals specifically for helping students in virtual class sessions. hyperx education market labor sales electronics hardware school

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Education technology meets its limits

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This week has been a good one for those who like to talk about the limits of technology. Over in the UK, a prankster managed to fool Trip Advisor into naming his shed the #1 ranked restaurant in London. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a city struggling to manage several wind-fueled wildfires, the L.A.P.D. has asked drivers to refrain from using navigation apps because they’re steering… Read More.

SketchyMedical Finds $30M For Online, Visual Education

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sketchymedical visual learning education school medschool venture capital healthcare universityLos Angeles-based SketchyMedical , a startup best known for presenting medical topics using graphical illustrations and art, said on Thursday that it has raised $30M in a funding round. The funding came from TCG. According to the company, the new funding will go towards scaling the company's growth, as well as for a new in-house studio for live content and animation.

ViewSonic Donates $500,000 Towards Youth, Education Efforts

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Brea, California-based display giant ViewSonic says it has donated $500,000 in products to help youth and education efforts, as part of an expansion of the cmpany's corporate and social responsibility efforts. viewsonic education school charity electronics displayAccording to ViewSonic, it donated the $500,000 in products through a partnership with the Orange County United Way, which will go towards underserved schools. ViewSonic said the products will go to.

Encantos Links With Teachers With Educator In Residence Program

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Culver City-based Encantos , the venture-backed developer of family entertainment education brands which raised $2M in January , says it has launched a new program which links the company with educators, the companys said today. Encantos said its new "Educator in Residence" program will connect the company with educators around the world who are "inspiring 21st century kids to learn 21st century skills."

Bridgepoint Education Buys Fullstack Academy For $50.75M

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San Diego-based Bridgepoint Education said this morning that i thas acquired Fullstack Academy , an operator of a immersive coding bootcamp, in a deal worth approximately $50.75M, split between $17.5M Bridgepoint said the acquisition will help it with entry into higher education services, as well as expanding its "skills-to-employment" offerings. bridgepoint education fullstack academy merger acquisition development coding school bootcamp

Levine Leichtman Acquires GL Education

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Levine Leichtman Capital Partners said this morning that it has acquired London-based GL Education , a provider of educational assessments in the United Kingdom and Europe. Levine Leichtman said that it is partnering with GL Education's existing management team to help further grow GL Education's business. education levine leichtman capital partners private equity merger acquisition buyout international

Encantos Raises $2M For Family Education, Entertainment Service

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Culver City-based Encantos , a developer of family entertainment and education titles, has raised $2M in a seed funding round, the company announced this morning. encantos venture capital funding education entertainment startup content crafts crafting kids

Age of Learning Rolls Out Massively Multiplayer Educational Game

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Los Angeles-based educational games maker Age of Learning has launched a brand new, massively multiplayer online game, called Adventure Academy , targeted towards both elementary and middle school age children. ageoflearning massively multiplayer educational game mmorpg education software content

Qualcomm Backs Online Education Effort

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According to the companies, Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Education will help edX develop its technology, by contributing engineering resources and licensing its SDK code to edX. qualcomm education mooc school learningSan Diego-based Qualcomm is backing edX , a nonprofit provider of online, massive open online course (MOOC) technology, the two said this morning.

Why Technology Alone Won’t Fix Education

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“ Artificial intelligence will transform the education system.” “ Immersive technology will reshape learning forever.” These are just some of the industry rumblings about how edtech will disrupt and ultimately “fix” what’s wrong with the education system in the United States. The issues affecting the educational system, especially.

Two Bit Circus Launches Education Nonprofit

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T4T.org salvages manufactured goods for use in educational projects, to help in the areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning. Two Bit Circus has been active in promoting STEAM learning, with many of its educational entertainment-themed activities centered on STEAM principles. circus amusement parktwobit stem science technology steam learning education foundation

Edlio Snags Investment for K-12 Education Software Acquisition

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Los Angeles-based Edlio , has received a growth capital investment this morning, for its K-12 education and "community engagement" software, and in particular, acquisitions of other companies. investment private equity growth capital venture education software edlioThe funding came from private equity investment provider LLR Partners. Size of the investment was not announced.

OzoBot Raises $3M For Educational Robots

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Redondo Beach-based Ozobot , which develops educational robots used for teaching software coding, has raised $3M in a Series A funding round, the company said late Wednesday. ozobot venture capital educational robot robotics coding school classroomThe funding was led by Tribeca Venture Partners. Ozobot said the new funding goes towards product development of its products. Nader Hamda is the founder and CEO of Ozobot.

GIBLIB Makes Surgical Education Easier Than Ever

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Like almost everything in society, a lack of education is the root cause of these mistakes. ” So, where can surgeons get access to the right educational tools to make these mistakes a little less prevalent? As far as content acquisition goes, this Los Angeles-based startup has partnered with educational institutions and esteemed surgeons to cultivate a collection of high quality videos that show real professional getting the job done.

Ozobot Opens Preorders For Educational Robot

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Redondo Beach-based Ozobot , a developer of minature, educational robots, said this morning that it has begun pre-orders of its product. ozobot educational robot robotics device maze android smartphone school Ozobot is an interactive robotic device, which follows the paths of mazes, interacts with a user on paper, and connects with an Android phone.

Evisions Buys Education Software Firm

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Irvine-based Evisions , a developer of software for higher education institutions, said this morning that it has acquired Cayuse , a developer of web-based software for grant proposal development. cayuse evisions merger acquisition higher education grant saas softwareFinancial details of the deal were not announced. Cayuse, which is based in Beaverton, Oregon, will be combined with Evisions' Portland operations. READ MORE>>.

Education Software Startup GoGuardian Launches AI Platform

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El Segundo-based education software startup GoGuardian has launched Admin 2.0, a platform that uses artificial intelligence to enhance students’ behaviors online, according to a statement

Schoolofbookkeeping Looks To Tackle Online Accouting Education

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schoolofbookkeeping bookkeeping accounting education video videos online learning startup A new, Santa Barbara-based startup, Schoolofbookkeeping.com , launched this week, offering up online courses for bookkeepers, accountants, business owners, and accounting students. The startup''s founders include Eric David Greenspan, a serial entrepreneur who previously founded such companies as MakeItWork.

Revolutionizing Music Education

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 -- Revolutionizing Music Education With Chromatik. Digital education startup Chromatik has made a strong debut in Southern California with its unique approach to learning, practicing, and performing music. Huge Los Angeles. See [link] (more

RingRevenue Powers Education Marketer

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Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue , the pay-per-call technology provider headed by Jason Spievak, has been powering a pay-per-call system for education marketer CUnet. CUNet is a higher education marketer based in Paramus, NJ. ringrevenue education call paypercall telephoneThe firm revealed the relationship today, claiming that use of its system has helped with the quality and quantities of inquiries for a number of schools and universities served by CUNet.

Illuminate Education Gets Backing From Insight Partners, Rolls Up Five Companies

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Irvine-based Illuminate Education , a brand new startup backed by Insight Venture Partners, said today that it has merged five different companies-- Illuminate Education , IO Education , SchoolCity , Alpine Achievement , and Key Data Systems --to create a new company focused on data platforms, data, analytics, and formative assessments of K-12 students. illuminate education insight partners merger acquisition assessment data school

Invested.in Powers Business Education Fundraising Site

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the online fundraising site run by Alon Goren, is powering a new effort to help educators raise money for educational programs from the BizWorld Foundation. According to The BizWorld Foundation and Invested.in, the two are partnering on a fully customized fundraising portal, which will help educators raise money to purchase BizWorld's educational programs for their classroom.

WemoLab Launches Tablet App Around Ocean Education

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WemoLab, which is led by Neville Spiteri, has been developing an extensive, educational platform focused on teaching kids about the oceans. learning education ocean applicaiton tablet wemolab superfugu Venice-based WemoLab --which has been developing entertainment products around an oceanic theme--announced today that it has launched its first, mobile product, a new interactive tablet app. The firm said its app, SuperFugu, let kids take a "field trip" around the world''s ocean.

eHarmony's Waldorf Backs Online Education Firm Grovo.com

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Greg Waldorf , who was the founding investor in Los Angeles-based eHarmony , and was previously its CEO, is the lead investment in an online education firm''s Series A. The company''s online education services are similar to those offered by Carpinteria-based Lynda.com. eharmony lynda video education online capital venture grovo

Activision Joins Education Effort

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Hydra Launches Education Site

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Beverly Hills-based online advertising network Hydra is targeting the education market, saying today that it has launched a new vertical website, MyDegreeFinder.com , specifically aimed at students looking for higher education degree programs. Tags: hydra media advertising education mydegreefinder

Schoolofbookkeeping Looks To Tackle Online Accounting Education

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startup learning online videos video education accounting bookkeeping schoolofbookkeeping A new, Santa Barbara-based startup, Schoolofbookkeeping.com , launched this week, offering up online courses for bookkeepers, accountants, business owners, and accounting students. The startup''s founders include Eric David Greenspan, a serial entrepreneur who previously founded such companies as MakeItWork, along with Seth David.

Three LA Organizations Score Funding From Google For CS Education

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All three of the groups are helping to overcome the lack of computer science education in local, LA public schools. google education computer science school goog nonprofit grantThree, local Los Angeles organizations -- DIY Girls , LA Maker Space , and Teens Exploring Technology (TXT), have scored nonprofit funding from Google, as part of the 2016 Google RISE Awards , according to the groups.

Wonderville Takes On Educational Content For Kids

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A new, Los Angeles startup, Wonderville has launched to take on curating educational content on the web, providing links and videos to different content on a wide range of educational content for K-8 education. The company said this morning that it is looking to create "smart galleries" of digital content and videos around educational topics like history, science, popular culture, and more. wonderville education elementary video content school

Quincy Jones' New Playground Sessions Targets Music Education

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Jones--who lives in Bel Air--is behind Playground Sessions , which is hoping to make music education available to anyone willing to sign up for a monthly membership. Jones'' new startup is among a large number of music-related, Southern California-linked technology and online startups, and not the first in the music education area. content roll musician education piano music rock sessions playground Can the web teach you how to play the piano?

Education Is Unbundling—Three Key Trends to Watch

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While technology in the classroom is not a new phenomenon, these days we are customizing technological innovations to make education adaptive and. Technology in the classroom has come a long way since its advent in the 1920s, when teachers would air radio broadcasts about topics relevant to their lesson plans.

Infinitely Virtual Targets Education Market With New Virtual Desktop Plans

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Los Angeles-based cloud server and virtual desktop provider Infintely VIrtual said today that it is targeting students and educational institutions with a new hosting plan. software hosting education desktop virtual infinitely According to the company, it is launching a new academic market offering which starts at $6.65 per user/month, to offer up virtual terminals.

App Links Up Parents, Early Education Centers

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App Kangarootime lets parents get a jump on connecting with teachers and preschools

2019 Will See Progress on Personalization’s Last Frontier: Education

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Amgen Foundation Commits $2.5 Million To Science Education Efforts

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million in new grants to help bolster scientific education. Amgen said its education efforts will reach more than 50,000 students this year. amgen education grant nonprofit lifescience school science stem biopharmaceuticals The Amgen Foundation , the nonprofit arm of biopharmaceuticals giant Amgen, has committed $2.5 Amgen said the new funding will go to provide real-world biotech lab experience to middle and high schools in Amgen''s U.S.

Engrade Gets $5M More For Education Management Tools

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Santa Monica-based Engrade announced this morning that it has raised $5M in a Series B funding round, for the company''s district-level education platform. The funding was led by Javelin Venture Partners, and also included Rethink Education, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Kapor Capital, Expansion Capital and Ed-Mentor. engrade education management cloud software venture capital school teacher classroom

Vantage Media Launches Into Educational Marketplace

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Vantage Media provides its pay-for-performance services to brands in the insurance, education, and other verticals, and is currently being run by Patrick Quigley. vantage media education marketplace school advertisingEl Segundo-based Vantage Media , the provider of performance-based marketing and advertising services, is expanding into the post-secondary school marketplace today, saying that it has launched a new offering called Vantage Media SchoolSelect.

Mahalo Retools As Educational Content Apps Provider

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The firm has been fairly quiet recently, but apparently in the last few months has retooled itself as an "educational startup", focused on providing courses on the iPad, iPhone, and Android, in addition to YouTube, the web, and Apple's iBook platform. mahalo educational content mobile apps smartphone jason calacanisRemember Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the startup headed by Jason Calacanis and backed by such investors as Sequoia Capital?

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STEAM Carnival's Education Combines Robots, Lasers, Cotton Candy

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What do you get when you cross science and technology education with a carnival? In the case of a new effort by Two Bit Circus, the think tank of Brent Bushnell, you get the STEAM Carnival , a traveling, high-tech project aimed at using "robotics, lasers, acrobatics, and cotton candy" to rethink STEM education. engineering school stem entertainment education tech high bushnell brent nolan twobitcircus carnival steam

CAA, William Morris Back Online Video Education Site

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creativeLive competes against Lynda.com , the online video education site based in Goleta, which has grown to be one of the region's fastest growing companies through its online courses for learning creative software. Lynda.com recently raised a humongous, $103M funding round in January, and just acquired another video education site in Europe in February. creativelive online education course classes photography creative photo venture capital lynda

Amgen Gives $4.5M To LA Education Effort

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