The Influence of Venture Capital on the Future of Education

EdTech VC investors are in a position of power and are able to influence the education agenda I recently attended a fascinating Digital Education session on the current trends in EdTech investment, and particularly Venture Capital. Essentially, VCs are investing in the future of education and therefore having a direct impact on what the future […]

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Does analysis of EdTech focus on funding over revenue?

“Why does all analysis of EdTech always focus on funding over revenue?” I was recently asked this question. Firstly, I wouldn’t say “all” and I wouldn’t say “always” but I believe I understand where the question was coming from. I think the EdTech space is inherently different to the B2C market, for example, because it […]

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Why you’re getting shown creepy ads after chatting with your friends

The tech giants don’t need to listen to your conversations. They have so much other data to work with. When I stumbled across the Twitter thread above, it reminded me of all those anecdotes I have heard over the years about adverts being targeted at people after they have (seemingly) related conversations. Essentially, the big […]

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The problem with EdTech…

I am generally positive about the post-COVID readjustment of (higher) education to be more inclusive/flexible/accessible, enabled by tech. Future spend on EdTech is expected to grow significantly, as shown in the graph produced by HolonIQ below. I do, however, worry that there will be a LOT of spend on systems by executive teams that don’t […]

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A comparison of DuckDuckGo and Google features (not privacy)

When I use DuckDuckGo… I really miss Google I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for a while now on my Android phone as my default browser and homescreen search instead of Google Chrome. Obviously the privacy features are great but it has been interesting to see how much of Google I miss! Quite a lot, it turns […]

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Making Users Happy: User Experience in the Digital Age (Webinar)

I enjoyed delivering this webinar for Bucks HSC in association with Buckinghamshire New University back in January 2021. I covered the following: Why User Experience (UX) is so important to the success of any technology project Understanding your users User Experience is not User Interface design The importance of keeping things simple Examples of good […]

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On Coding Interviews

“The idea that the very design of the interview process may effectively exclude an entire class of job candidates is troubling…” Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/software-developers-coding-interviews-are-a-disaster-and-heres-why/ Well, indeed! “The nature of the technical interview process also means that many job candidates try to spend weeks or months training specifically for the interview, and not the actual job they […]

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Revolutionising School Education in Ghana with Tech

Say hello to RedHippo Virtual Academy. The vision: enable more children in Ghana to access high quality education despite limitations in technology, infrastructure and number of qualified teachers. What we’ve accomplished so far: Studio built in Ghana 300+ video lessons produced for Maths, English and Science across all schooling levels (Primary 1 to SHS 3) […]

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The value of crypto measured in the wastage of energy?

I hadn’t thought of Bitcoin before as having perceived value predominantly *because* it burns so much energy (by design). It’s one way of looking at it, but not the only view. https://cbeci.org This is the downside of the cryptographical complexity required for bitcoin to make sense in the first place. This can be a little […]

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Tech Startup Disrupting the TV & Film Industry

I am proud to have been involved with paperlesschits.com from its inception. After having been bought out by a company based at Warner Brothers in Leavesden, the original codebase has been expanded significantly as part of a strategy of developing a suite of tools to disrupt the TV & Film production industry. Visit the website […]

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