Editor’s Note: First appeared on wojtekskalski.com.
Some time ago at Brainly we coined term ‘candy management’ to describe a management style characterised by the following qualities:
- implicit focus on good atmosphere over good results
- very soft management style – lack of pressure / push for results
- same management approach to the team members regardless of their seniority/skill level
- giving much freedom to the team members in terms of both goals (or subgoals) and means to achieve them
The terms “the Uberfication of Education” or “Uber for Tutors” are currently on top of my list when it comes to edtech buzzword bingo. While it surely sounds cool the problem is that most people simply don’t understand what a complete Uberfication would look like.
Self-paced learning platforms, ranging from tech skills and lifelong learning portals to MOOCs in higher education, have been largely relying on pre-recorded content and asynchronous interaction in forums. This approach, while certainly cost effective, has also been identified as its major drawback as it only too often leads to demotivated, disconnected learners and high dropout rates due to the lack of direct human interaction.
The ubiquity and glamour of wine does a good job of hiding it, but vineyards—where the grapes are grown and any wine gets its start—are actually a pretty precarious investment.
It isn’t enough to know that people are passionate about wine, that demand is high, or that wineries have a need for large volumes of grapes—to make it as a vineyard, you need a strong reputation. You need winemakers to have confidence and trust in your ability to produce reliable quantities of grapes at a consistent level of quality, and with a consistent character. Their pride of process means high expectations for those they do business with.
As a follow-up to our interview with Imagine K12 co-founder Tim Brady on the merger with Y Combinator we reached out to some of our investor contacts for commentary on the merger itself and its potential impact on the education technology landscape in North America and the EdTech accelerator scene globally. Continue reading