This week, in a letter addressed to “The Education Community,” Michael Chasen stepped down as the CEO of edtech software giant, Blackboard. In a way, it’s the end of an era. Whether or not it was an “era to remember” remains to be seen.
Why is this significant? Because of what Blackboard has come to represent — both for good and for ill. On the one hand, the company became one of the biggest success stories in the education space, bringing mainstream consumer and investor attention (and scale) to an industry that previously had little. But that’s only one part of Blackboard’s story.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp. on a snowy day in Dec. 1974 at the age of 21, have both left the company they created. But both have stayed in the loop on technology — and both recently weighed in on Windows 8.
Today is a sad day for BioWare fans, as studio co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka both announced that they will be leaving the company to pursue other interests. They aren’t just leaving the company they founded either, but the games industry altogether. Both Zeschuk and Muzyka announced their departure from the industry in separate
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Larry Page and Sergey Brin have hired a top Washington law firm to prepare for the depositions, Bloomberg reports.
The United States watched with unbridled curiosity as the three winners of the recent $ 600+ million Mega Millions jackpot were revealed. But here’s a pair of guys who won the Mega Millions of the business world – Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. By now, the world knows about their creation, Instagram, and its billion-dollar acquisition
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The Obvious Corporation, headed up by former Twitter execs, gets going on its second project–a Web site geared toward “a smart new brand of high quality public discourse.”
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A mysterious startup promising free wireless broadband and voice services to all Americans should rightly prompt a fair bit of skepticism, but FreedomPop isn’t quite your average fly-by-night organization (despite appearances). It’s backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, and it’s just signed an agreement with LTE wholesaler LightSquared to provide the backbone for the service. Unfortunately, details remain decidedly light otherwise. The company says that the service will launch sometime in 2012 (LightSquared’s network itself is slated to go live in the second half of the year, though it still faces some hurdles), and it will apparently be focused on serving markets most in need of wireless broadband initially, before rolling out across the country. As FierceCable notes, the service brings to mind the many free internet dial-up services of the 1990s, which relied largely on advertising, although it remains to be seen if that’s the route FreedomPop has in mind.
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