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What does the future hold for EdTech? with Ash Kaluarachchi – Make Sense

By April 19, 2023February 25th, 2024No Comments

In this episode of Make Sense, I sit down with Ash Kaluarachchi, CEO of StartEd, a community of education innovators that offers programming for EdTech companies with tech-enabled solutions. He is also the Producer of EdTech Week in New York City, something he has been putting on for 8 years. We talk about Silicon Valley Bank, EdTech trends, EdTech funding, and lessons learned in the industry.

Show Notes

00:00 Hot Take

1:50 – What are we going to see from StartEd in the near future? And how did it affect your company?

7:07 – What happened with Silicon Valley Bank?

10:05 – What’s the funding vibe right now in EdTech?

17:46 – Rapid fire… what does the future hold? Will these predictions happen?

27:57 – EdTech that backfired over the last decade


Make Sense is a weekly series dedicated to talking about startup stories from the past, hysterical or mind-numbing blunders, how to do better. We also discuss how tech impacts us and how we can raise the bar when it comes to the ethics, morals, and standards in the tech industry.

Ash advises and connects organizations solving problems in education. His EdTech programs have accelerated multiple global unicorns, including at Techstars. To date, Ash’s EdTech programs have enabled 2,000+ companies around the globe in partnership with organizations such as Google, Kaplan, Intel, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California and New York University. He continues to support founders solving problems for educators, administrators and learners in Pre-K12, HigherEd, Future of Work, and Adult learning as CEO of StartEd and Producer of EDTECH WEEK.


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