In this episode of MEP, I had the chance to talk to Michael Staton, Partner at Learn Capital, and our conversation centered on the current educational landscape, where educational technology fits, and how it should fit.
Michael Staton is a Partner at Learn Capital. He is the founder and former CEO of Inigral, the pioneer of Social Enrollment Management technology in Higher Education and the first Lifecycle Engagement Platform. For Inigral, Michael secured the first ever venture investment from the Gates Foundation into a private company. Because of his years as a public school teacher and his intuitive understanding of K12 education, Michael served as a Venture Partner and still serves as a Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s EdTech Portfolio. Michael was declared a top one hundred innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is on the advisory board of SxSW EDU, the ASU Education Innovation Summit, and the Higher Education Working Group of the American Enterprise Institute and the New America Foundation.
02:06 Michael’s background
07:04 What really gets you excited now about the different models of technologies that you’re investing in or looking at?
10:30 What I love about what you guys are doing is that you’re not constrained by specific pieces of the industry. Because the industry really is anybody interested in learning, whether that’s in a traditional school setting or an alternative school setting or different model, or just sitting around the house roaming the internet for information.
16:23 There’s an article about overall investment in education technology, it’s over $2 billion now. What are your thoughts overall with the current situation on education technology, and whether or not it’s a good or bad thing that there’s so much money pouring into it?
21:37 Where do you think it will be in a couple of years? Do you think that number will double? Do you think we’ll start to see some of these data coming to fruition that a lot of these companies are making an impact?
26:09 What’s the book that has most influenced you and why?
28:45 Do you watch documentaries? And if so, do you have a favorite?
31:23 If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?
John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins