4 Higher Ed Tech Startups Mark Cuban is Betting On

Mark Cuban, “Shark Tank” investor, is making moves in higher ed. According to EdSurge, Cuban says that “higher education is a business that doesn’t know it’s going out of business.” Cuban says that today’s schools are more concerned with amenities than the quality of the education. “As the market begins to shift towards outcome-based [goals], colleges will have to change,” said the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures.

Though Cuban admits he is no edtech expert, he says “he only picks entrepreneurs who develop relationships with their first customers and build slowly.” Here are the startups he’s betting on:

Copley Retention Services‘ is an application that will pull student information from various learning management systems and alert faculty and administration when the student is falling behind.

Ranku is a comparison shopping site for online degrees.

Packback is a service that lets students to rent digital textbooks by the day.

Degreed is a social network that “allows students, professionals, and lifelong learners to track, share, and validate their learning — from formal learning to “micro-credentials,” like books read and conferences attended, and experiential learning.”

For more information on the companies, see Education Dive.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.