Today I would like to write about a topic and a company of extreme interest. The topic is how to improve educational quality and performance around the world using technology and innovation and the company I would like to profile is called BrightBytes. It is a San Francisco based tech start-up (like so many others) and its core business is to build tech enabled research-based decision support platforms to help education institutions improve their spending decisions to focus on practices that actually improve student learning outcomes. It is a EdTech company that is much more than just posting grades online. The company is building a buzz and raising money. Having been featured in Fast Company, and raising 750K from Learn Capital in early 2013 and another $15M in Series B capital from Bessemer Venture Partners in 2014. Recently it was also named one of the 20 most innovative EdTech companies globally.
Yesterday I heard a talk from Hult Business School on Greenovations or examples of companies innovating to create a more sustainable world. It profiled various initiatives from the large to the small. It was an interesting talk with many good examples of businesses sustainably incorporating green agenda into their business models. One of the ones which most struck me was a company called BigBelly Solar – a company focused on using big data and machine to machine (M2M) communication to improve our waste management systems. It is a very innovative company which has been featured in the BBC and Forbes Magazine and won accolades such as the World Smart Cities award. Even cooler is when I found out its system has been launched in more than 30 cities worldwide including helping my hometown Philadelphia, PA to save more than $1 million annually and was recently launched in NYC in a big event hosted by Mayor Bloomberg. Read on to find out more.