Google enters the education race.

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I salute this one.
It requires of course access to computers so it’s not for every school yet. But in some schools in Sweden that is totally possible, even if it affects some things, such as insurance and safety issues. But we are heading that direction anyway so why not prepare in advance? When it comes to the privacy of the users, Google says:
Like the rest of our Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free for schools.

This is conscious impact as a company, education is a stepping stone for many people. As the little lady in the video mentions, if you are into teaching you should progress.
Sweden, please note.

Read more:
Google debuts Classroom, a free Apps for Education tool to help teachers create and collect assignments

Startup Advice – piece by piece you get there..

Startups, TRENDS

I usually tell people that everything I learned about being an entrepreneur I learned by F’ing up at my first company.” – Mark Suster, Partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Southern California

So I’m reading through this extensive but well written list of advices.
When I was little I learned that you listen to the elders, I can’t say that I can follow them exactly by letter but you always find something that resonates with you, or assures you, or prompts you to continue/change.  Mark writes very strict to the point which I appreciate.
There are of course many other resources to read through, and we have been given access to books such as Crossing the Chasm and more, but reading them as a pdf is a sore for the eye. Somehow I find articles much easier to read rather than digital books. Strange I know. Anyhow this one is really worth checking:
Startup Advice

Notes of an entrepreneur..

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We had a good session with a couple entrepreneurs at Hyper Island, thanks to Alfred Ruth, our industry leader. He invited Hjalmar WinbladhAnna Omstedt Lindgren, Mai-Li Hammargren, Anton Johansson och Ted Valentin.

They are very different people but at the same time the kind of people you’ll see always doing something. Not in fidgety way, but just always..having this drive.

Even if the drive comes from different sources and is in search of different goals, it’s very presently there. It was very giving to listen to their stories and that is something that I found is that the CEOS learn to be skilled storytellers and are opinionated bunch that have no problem with expressing them. A trait I always appreciate. I realised also that it takes time, a startup always takes time and does not end up the way you intended it to be from the beginning!

 

Some notes that were scribbled down:

Sometimes it’s better to start with finding the right people that you can work with and be with. Start with the people and then the idea.

Ask people that want to work with you on thing, WHY? Are they into this because of the idea, or they want to create something or they like you and believe in you? What compels them into being an entrepreneur?

The threshold for free work is usually 3 months. After that people are not as focused because other issues need to be attended, like economy.

Iterate, iterate, iterate as much as possible before any big release.

Just to mention, mobile apps in one of the hardest markets right now. You literally need to be in San Francisco and have good contacts to get it going.

Get a revenue stream going as soon as possible and then use those sales and users in you pitch.

Investors without entrepreneurial background usually expect a fast growth/revenue after their investment. So f you have an idea that takes time, choose your investors and explain very well why they should stomach the wait.

Always over communicate!

You will get a No a lot. But every No is attached with a message on why not and you can always take a learning from that.

Most of all…Nobody knows exactly why/how they do it, so just keep calm and continue.

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“When everything is a test, you’re able to get things up and running faster. You can see results more quickly. You’re less invested in the results, positive or negative. You know when to call off the test and move on to something else. And you can try new and better things.”
– Leah Neaderthal, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Start Somewhere.

Read more of her quick tips in this article,
5 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Marketing and Start Testing Something New

Digital Kids

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Why the digital way? Why create an educational platform that is digital?
Except my own experience from the time studying a distance studies or online courses such as Coursera, also my own habit of googling up stuff I need to learn.
I just believed and observe that the same habits are shown by the kids I see around me and on daily basis of commute.
But I did not know for sure until I read the interesting study by .SE.
It’s a study of Swedes and their internet habits year 2013.

Interesting parts that caught my eye:

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In Sweden by the age of 2, a stunning 45 % have already used internet.
Often because parents let them use their tablets or smartphones as entertainment.
By the age of 11, 90 % are daily users of the internet and this trend is not only specific for Sweden but is also a global trend, showing that this is one of Internet biggest growing  area of users.

Specifics for each age:
2-6 yearsUsage is dominated by video/puzzles/games.
7-11 yearsStart to search around internet and check out the social networks.
12-15 yearsThis is where the internet becomes important even for school work.

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About 7 out of 10, start checking internet for facts and information that is related to school at age 12-15. It rises with the older kids and at age 16-19 years, 9 out of 10 do the same fact researching and learning. Even in schools the internet usage has doubled since year 2009. 

So the habits of  the young is to learn in a digital way and first interaction they have is very visual and interactive. Going back to analog is wonderful in it’s way of learning patience but when it comes to such a broad subject as sex and coexistence, it is hard to capture it all in analog way ( I’m not even going into the quality. YET.).
Also they are already going and searching for terms they want to learn anyway and for many the first visual interaction becomes porn.

So why try to prohibit this way of learning and install all these parental systems on the computer, tablet or even phone? Why not rather provide a guidance in a way that is appropriate for a young digital kids habits?

Seriously?

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Progression
It is important to tailor  the learning for the audience. One way to do that is to start from the students’ questions and concerns. There are certain themes within the topic-integrated teaching that recur at different stages and the progression is differently written in  various subjects. Some things need to be discussed continuously with new experiences, new perspectives and deepening knowledge can be consolidated and deepened during school time.” – a part of Skolverket (Educational Department in Sweden) advice on sexual education

Oh. Really? Do you really think that teens want ALL of their teachers to talk about sex during the education and do it in a way that is “tailored” for them? Most adults can’t even speak about sex among themselves, HOW the FUCK are the going to do that in front of a young giggling crowd? Progression is a strong word to use in this scenario.
I’m reading up and getting angry. I feel I might post a rant tomorrow.

Another incubator…but not.

Non Profit, TRENDS

Why would you do a non profit like a startup?
Because the agile, fast, technical and engaging approach is bringing the change faster and amps your impact on a more vast level.

I am always looking at the tech sector for ideas and inspiration. I believe now, more than ever, nonprofits need to run lean and constantly iterate. It’s not enough to have a great product, but you have to know how to sell it, how to engage donors and design your organization for rapid scale. To reach our goals, we have to think like a tech company.
–  Becky Straw, Co-founder of The Adventure Project

 

If you looked up ‘f*cked company’ in the dictionary, our logo would be there. [But] it was the year after Friendster, and the year before Facebook … and one of the things I did was say, ‘Look, there are faster, better and cheaper ways to reach young people now. We don’t need to go through schools, … print lots of curricula and ship them all over the country.
It’s called the Internet.
‘” – Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org

These are some of the quotes by people doing their non profit organisations in a new way, in a way where the chance of you making it work is faster and more approachable for the new generations. Even incubators are popping up with social entrepreneurship parts. But one incubator is a non profit in in itself, and it only takes in non profits.
BEESPACE in New York, looks like a typical young startup incubator but all their startups are non profits that are working on local organisation or all the way up to impacting girls education worldwide.

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They are looking for innovative startups but i think they are innovating the non profit world themselves. If anyone knows of something similar here in Sweden please Contact me!