Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts
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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Marketplaces 2.0 and EduTech / MOOC's will Rock (either way) in 2014

Two out of 8 predictions for 2014 from Sergio Monsalve VC's Perspective at CNNMoney Fortune

Besides all the obvious, known prospects of mobile, consumerized business apps (formerly known as 'business software'), potential of BRIC's, etc. let me point to two prediction media / publisher can win (and/or lose) in a big way

Marketplaces 2.0 will thrive as a mega venture category
In the U.S., we will look back at 2014 as the year of the two-sided marketplaces. Two-sided marketplaces are ones where end users participate in supplying the service or product as well as consuming it. These marketplaces will show the world that consumer-to-consumer commerce continues to flatten the world of e-commerce, while creating very defensible business dynamics. I predict that within just three years, the market caps of companies like Uber, Etsy, Lending Club, and AirBnB will together easily surpass eBay's (EBAY) market cap. This dynamic will give way to the birth of the "Marketplaces 2.0" era.

EduTech and MOOC's will disrupt traditional education
For many years, venture capital investors have been puzzled by the fact that investments in education have not delivered large returns, even though the size of the markets are very large. However, over the last few years, education disruption via new tech has now proven a real big business, and large exits may be in the wings. With the emergence of companies like Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Minerva, Lynda, and others, I predict edutech will thrive in 2014. I also believe that 2014 will be the year that slow-moving incumbent educational institutions like the traditional K-12 and post secondary educational institutions will say "We better get our head in the game or else." Progressive universities like Stanford and MIT are already being aggressive at creating online offerings.
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