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.
On a recent visit to New York City I had a chance encounter with a very interesting co-founder who has helped create a business he prefers not to call socially oriented but definitely has the potential to be a game changer in the education and employment generation space. General Assembly is a new education and networking medium for young people looking to get a practical education or knowledge boost for today’s job market needs in the areas of technology, business and design. Started in New York City, it is now operating in eight cities around the globe including the recently opened campus in London – which was strongly endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron.