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EDUKWEST #57 with Nathan Parcells of InternMatch

With MindSnacks and YongoPal I had already portrayed two interesting education start-ups being part of Dave McClure’s 500Startups family. As the guys do good networking with each other, I heard about another promising company and was happy when Nathan Parcells, co founder and CMO of InternMatch agreed to do an EDUKWEST.

As you might imagine from the company’s name, InterMatch’s core business is to allow college students who look for an intern job or paid internship to find their best match.

Having started locally in the Seattle area and then spread over the West Coast of the United States, InternMatch have now turned into biggest search site for internships on the Internet.

I like their approach of going into verticals and for instance finding a great intern job in a non profit.

InternMatch have also started different partner programmes, so they make it possible for talented engineers from Spain to come to Silicon Valley.

Navigating the site is very easy and intentional. You basically just decide on which site you are, if you look for an internship or as an employer if you offer one. Otherwise, you just have to choose your desired field and a location and that more or less it.

I also believe their guides to either find a great intern job or on the employer side how to post a really good listing are actually very helpful as it allows both the applicants and the employers to find the best place depending on their talents or to find the best person for a position.

At the end of this EDUKWEST I was a little surprised myself that nobody had created such a service before as the need from both sides is clearly there and easy to understand but in the end, the best ideas are always the ones that look simple.

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1. EDUKWEST #57 with Nathan Parcells of InternMatch     

Additional Links:

Homepage: http://www.internmatch.com
InternMatch Blog: http://www.internmatch.com/blog/
InternMatch on Twitter: @InternMatch
Nathan on Twitter: @Internshipss
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MindSnacks raises $1.2 million

The team of MindSnacks raised a total of $1.2 million in funding from Felicis Ventures, 500 Startups, Mitch Kapor, Geoff Ralston, David Jesk, Oleg Tscheltzoff, Collaborative Fund, StartupAngel, ENIAC Ventures, Maneesh Arora, DreamIt Ventures, Startl, Theoria Capital and David Kim.

The money will be used for hiring new staff members like game designers and graphic artists.

Jeff Evans, co-founder of MindSnacks was already twice on EDUKWEST, in the last episode we talked in detail about the funding and what’s next for the mobile learning game startup.

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EDUKWEST #53

EDUKWEST #53 with Jeff Evans of MindSnacks

The team at MindSnacks had some great news to share with the education and tech community just some days ago as they have raised a funding of $1.2 million.

I have been knowing the MindSnacks team from almost the beginning when they had just came out of their original Philadelphia incubator at the end of last summer and were about to launch the first MindSnacks app for Apple devices which was their app to learn Spanish.

After moving to San Francisco and hearing about the funding it was exciting to get them for an EDUKWEST follow up both from the edu journalist’s point of view but also because I personally like them and what they’re building. To be frank, when I first heard about the project it was somewhat of a no brainer for me that this concept is going to to work with the right team of founders and some decent execution.

Jeff Evans, co founder of MindSnacks, once again shares some really valuable information with you, especially when you’re in a similar situation and you’re looking for funding, in the first part of this EDUKWEST Jeff talks about his experience as part of the Dave McClure 500Startups family and also how a prominent angle investor as McClure is can help the founders putting the investors for their funding round together. Jeff also gives us his take on AngelList, a recently much talked about option to raise funding.

Next coming to the part in what areas the funding will be invested in. Here again, Jeff had a superb announcement to make. Their latest application for learning French has just topped the education section in the apple AppStore and this has just been the beginning! The funding definitely allows the founders to roll out the next apps quite quickly and to also start scaling.

In the coming weeks we will see the next Romance language applications to be launched and due to the structure of these languages and therefore the apps themselves that just a logic next step. But as the MindSnacks team is definitely high-flying (in the best of senses), we should expect them spreading into very differently topics or subjects as well.
On an engineering and design level, we will also see much smoother and more polished versions of MindSnacks soon as part of the funding is being invested in new talent.

All in all, great news from one of my favourite education start-ups! It’s always such a pleasure talking with the guys and following their next steps. I couldn’t be happier for them and the success is well deserved.

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1. EDUKWEST #53 with Jeff Evans of MindSnacks     

Additional Links:

Homepage: http://www.mindsnacks.com
MindSnacks on Twitter: @MindSnacksTeam
Jeff on Twitter: @jeffeevans
MindSnacks on app:ed: app:ed #1 MindSnacks
MindSnacks on iTunes: Download MindSnacks on iTunes
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