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Taking the Bet: Dan Gilbert’s Investment Gamble on Downtown Detroit

Taking the Bet:  Dan Gilbert’s Investment Gamble on Downtown Detroit | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Against tall odds, Dan Gilbert, the Quicken Loans chairman, is putting down money to revive a two-square-mile area that was once Detroit’s core.


...His plans, according to academics like Brent D. Ryan, author of “Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities,” amount to one of the most ambitious privately financed urban reclamation projects in American history.


Opportunity Detroit, as Mr. Gilbert has branded it, is both a rescue mission and a business venture....   When he started buying in 2011, the city was having what he has described as a “skyscraper sale.”

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I've covered some of Dan's Gilbert's 2011 intentions about downtown Detroit at FutureMidwest, 2011, a photo essay here.   Our cities could be the Amazon rain-forests are to the earth, regulating our air, our weather, our ocean health, as well as our own economic & community future shared with the region and state.  

What I shared on twitter as I listened to Dan Gilbert at FutureMidwest 2011:

  • 25 Things I Learned in 25 Years of Business by Dan Gilbert @quickenloans: #5 Building anything great is messy.  ~  D
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Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact 2013 Higher Ed

Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact  2013 Higher Ed | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"It's a great time to be in education technology industry: venture capitalists have dropped a whopping $1.37 billion into the industry since 2011. That's a lot of cash &  opportunitiy to seriously change the way we do education."

  

Here are excerpts of the five profiled:

 

1. 2U   ~ The first startup of its kind to partner with top universities to offer full degree programs entirely on the Web.  

    

  • Founded in 2008, they've raised an impressive $97 million in venture funding, positioning it as a key leader in the ed tech industry.

   
2. EdSurge     The company recently nabbed $400,000 in seed funding from investors including the Washington Post, and it's backed by finances from the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation.

      

  • Launched in 2011, EdSurge was founded by veteran journalists and education technology professionals.

   

3. Echo360     Boasting $31 million in startup funding, Echo360 offers online and mobile tools for blended learning.  

         

  • Echo360 snagged $450 million to fund an initiative to reach 50 percent of U.S. college students in the next five years. The company also recently acquired ed-tech startup LectureTools Inc., its first public acquisition.

   

4. Noodle   Think big education searh:  Noodle has developed the most comprehensive, age-ubiquitous online search engine dedicated solely to educational topics. 

   

  • Founded in 2010 by the creator of the Princeton Review and 2U, the site features over 170,000 education providers and has received millions in funding. 

   

5. Always Prepped     In beta, Always Prepped provides online tools to help manage student and classroom data, providing a single stream of imported data for teachers to analyze their students or classes.

   

  • They've  raised an impressive $650,000 in startup funding.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The five start-ups listed are well funded and may be seriously on-fire within the year or two ahead.  

Time will tell, as the focus on lecture style and learning (competency building) and all the admin that goes with it begins to trade places.

 ~ Deb

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