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Edtech and the Future of Learning

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Mar 22, 2016 2:44:56 PM

I returned last week from a little time in Cuba and Mexico and have been diving back into the good work at Runway. On my way back, I stopped by SXSWedu for the launch of our edtech accelerator program. (You can learn more at michelsonrunway.com.) We’re focusing on challenges in higher ed and alternative education space, and I’m pleased with how the program is shaping up.

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Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator Launches This Week!

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Mar 9, 2016 11:59:22 AM

This week, Joe Vasquez and I are headed to Austin for the SXSWedu conference from March 7-10. At the conference, we will be launching the opening of the Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator. The focus of the accelerator, Runway’s first, is higher education and lifelong learning. Specifically, we are interesting in funding and supporting startups that are looking to close the socio-economic equity gap in higher education, increase engagement in the classroom and create tools for outcome-based education.

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Startups and the Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Feb 23, 2016 3:26:47 PM

I was meeting with a friend of mine recently and our conversation turned to the commercial real estate market, something I know next to nothing about. He’s been in the field for several decades and has been thinking about long term trends lately. He was very curious to know more about some of the trends in the early stage startup ecosystem and how they might affect his world.

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The Ongoing Relationship Between Founders & Investors

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Feb 16, 2016 8:30:52 PM

I’ve been reading a lot about startups needing to cut down on burn this year as a result of downward pressure on follow-on financing rounds. When a market is entering into a bear cycle, there’s always an increased focus on costs as cash becomes more scarce. This one is no exception.

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The Year of Power in Progress

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Feb 9, 2016 10:40:07 AM

The Runway team is pumped with all we have going on this month. In addition to the EdTech accelerator which we’re launching next month, we’ll be kicking off our hardware hub and hosting great events with a number of our corporate partners.

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Bridging the Gap Between Tech and Education

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Feb 1, 2016 5:05:54 PM

We have a beautiful day today in San Francisco, in spite of the Super Bowl logistics doing their best to make our lives difficult. Today we’ll be filming a promo for the launch of our edtech accelerator program which we’re announcing March 7 at SXSWedu. The focus of the program is on higher education and lifelong learning. The goal is to help startups who are making education more affordable and results focused for students who are most at risk of falling through the cracks in our society. It’s nice to be focusing on issues that extend beyond traditional Silicon Valley.

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Tour Runway from the Comfort of Your Home – Courtesy of Xspaced!

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Jan 19, 2016 10:02:13 PM

We're fortunate to be surrounded by really great startups all of the time building unique products. One of these companies is Xspaced, a startup that has a goal of helping people to make a fast and right decision when looking to buy or rent real estate. They believe that "being" on a property without physically being there makes a BIG difference (Source: Crunchbase). And we agree!

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What Role Do We Play in Social Justice Matters

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Jan 18, 2016 11:10:31 AM

Today is Martin Luther King Jr day, which has been a national holiday since 1986. It’s a day when we can recognize a man who fought hard to tear down racially prejudiced laws and fight for peace through nonviolent means. And it's a good reminder for us that there's a lot more going on in our country than just building tech companies. We see racial issues on the news on a regular basis, but for the most part, we're fairly isolated from them.

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How Timing Affects Value

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Jan 12, 2016 12:01:47 PM

The holiday season is officially over, and at Runway, things are buzzing back at normal. It’s nice to see so many people working hard and having fun.

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Investing with a focus on education

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Jan 4, 2016 4:45:02 PM

I hope everyone had a happy new year! It’s been a quiet couple of weeks at Runway during the holiday season, and as people return from their holiday travels, we’re excited to see old faces.

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