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.
Over the coming few weeks I plan to share my thoughts on the key differentiators in this sector and the spectrum of opportunities that the Ed Tech sector brings compared to other sectors, in the context of really understanding the value creation dynamics. All these views, be they good, bad, boring or controversial are of course, my personal thoughts.
In my previous post, I talked about Content vs. Technology. Now I’ll delve further into the heart of the proposition…
My role as CEO and Chairman of Digital Assess has given me a rather interesting insight into both sides of the dynamic in terms of value creation in education technology that encompasses both developing the business growth plans as well as developing investment thesis. I have been fortunate to sit on both sides of the investment table, so to speak, as a venture partner at an Ed Tech accelerator in London, as an angel investor in skills / vocational assessment businesses and most recently as a CEO in a growing business.
Over the coming few weeks I plan to share my thoughts on the key differentiators in this sector and the spectrum of opportunities that the Ed Tech sector brings compared to other sectors in the context of really understanding the value creation dynamics. All these views, be they good, bad, boring or controversial are of course, my personal thoughts.
So here goes….
Today, Asia in all its variety is likely the most interesting market for education technology.
Although it is mostly China, with its dominance and enormous potential for growth, we hear about when it comes to massive investment rounds, it is lesser covered Asian countries, like Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia, that go through rapid development and quick evolution, which now have the potential to leapfrog some of their more mature Asian neighbors.
Over the past couple of years the Indian subcontinent managed to establish itself as a serious market for investors seeking opportunities to invest in education and EdTech.
At EDUKWEST we see an increased number of startups in the education space getting founded by Indian entrepreneurs, often after having spent time in the US and working for big American companies, but also new funds specially created to support the budding ecosystem.