Episode 078: Betsy Corcoran, Founder and CEO of Edsurge

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Join us in this episode of the Meet Education Project as Betsy Corcoran, the co-founder and CEO of Edsurge, shares why she started Edsurge, and also her insights on the current state of education technology.

Guest Bio:

Betsy Corcoran of EdsurgeElizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EdSurge, Inc. She was previously Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes Media, and was an award-winning staff writer for the Washington Post and Scientific American. She was named a “Rock Star” of education in 2013 and is a pro bono advisor to Idea Public Schools in Texas and an emerging California high school. She’s also helped a local elementary school shoo the dust bunnies from its computer labs. She has a BA in Economics and Math from Georgetown University.

 Show Notes:

02:10 Betsy’s background

06:42 I’m interested in your perspective on the state of education technology today, and where we are, not necessarily from a growth perspective but from a quality perspective. What is your opinion?

11:43 It certainly seems that edtech investment is reaching that cusp and that tipping point as well, getting that $2 billion mark…

12:29 Are there any models, companies, products or founders that are really, 1 to 3 of them, that are really piquing your interest at this point, they’re taking advantage of the current landscape as it is?

16:35 I’m curious as to your thoughts on some of the companies on the periphery, at the margins of the traditional public and private education space… What are your thoughts on those kind of companies and how they’re playing at the edges of education right now?

17:48 Betsy: We now have access to so many facts and figures. That what will make a difference in people’s lives is how they put those things together, how they learn, how they apply lessons in one area and therefore create something new in another.

19:37 Being an entrepreneur, you’ve seen your share of adversity. Can you share with us a story of failure and how you’ve overcome it?

24:21 What’s the book that’s most influenced you and why?

The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

25:53 What about documentaries? Do you watch them, and if so, what’s your favorite?

The Hunting Ground

27:04 If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Jesus, Gandhi, Dalai Lama

27:52 What about the dinners that you’ve already had? Is there anyone that stood out?

Andy Grove of Intel Corp.




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