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2022 Reflections and a few predictions for 2023
I’m writing mid-week to let you know that Edsurge published a piece I wrote about reflections on ed tech in 2022 and my predictions for the coming year.
I’m excited to share it with you all. And, if you’ll indulge me, I also want to share a bonus story:
The first email I got from Edsurge was on Friday, June 14th, 2014. I was about to end week 2 of an internship at Fullbridge, a venture-backed startup that taught basic business skills in a bootcamp format. The email came in a sequence from my boss:
10:18 AM: Hi! [CEO] just wrote the attached company/market update for our investors. We talked and thought you might like to write something similar for a broader “Friends of Fullbridge” audience
10:19 AM: [Boss forwards Edsurge Innovate 174] It should be something like this, but more specific to Fullbridge’s place in the EdTech funding market
The first “Friends of Fullbridge” newsletter took me more than 3 weeks to write and 2 more weeks to publish (Substack did not exist at the time). I have no idea if anyone read it (I’d like to say “tracking wasn’t enabled,” but the truth is Intern Matt did not know what tracking was). The second “Friends of Fullbridge” was inexplicably delayed past the end of my internship.
It took me a while to get back on the newsletter horse, but I did keep reading Edsurge. Since that day, I have read at least 2,406 emails either from or mentioning Edsurge.1 Edsurge’s newsletters have educated me through multiple jobs at both startups and big companies. Their venture funding articles are still the ones I seek out as references.
So when I say I am grateful to Edsurge for the opportunity to write a year-end reflection, and to the Fullbridge diaspora for encouraging a raw but passionate desire to write, I hope you now see it comes from the heart.
You can find my 2022 reflections and 2023 predictions here. I’d love hear what you think about them.
If someone forwarded you this email, I hope you’ll stick around for one of my normal roundups! They provide a short (~5 mins of reading) synopsis of the EdTech news of note from the week. You can sign up here:
The actual tally is likely much higher, that is just what is easily searchable in my personal gmail