E263: LAUNCH Edu. Companies Motion Math, Sifteo and Gather Education – TWiST

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Today, on This Week in Startups, we had a special trio in the studio: 3 companies from the upcoming LAUNCH Education & Kids event! David Merrill of Sifteo, Pano Anthos of GatherEducation and Jacob Klein of Motion Math demoed their products and illustrated how they’re all on the cutting edge of educational technology.

1:00 Welcome everyone, we’re here today with three incredible ed-tech startups: Sifteo, Motion Math and GatherEducation.
2:30 Tyler, welcome back. Where have you been?
4:30 All our thanks for Trada for supporting the show! Everyone show them you appreciate their contribution by thanks @Trada!
8:15 We’re doing a LAUNCH Education + Kids event June 12 and 13 that I’m really excited about.
9:30 How are the companies, Tyler? What will I be scoring them tomorrow?
11:00 Welcome to David from Sifteto. Where did we first meet?
11:30 David explains how Sifteo cubes work.
16:00 Jason and Tyler try their hand playing with the cubes.
17:30 Who are you backed by?
19:00 Why didn’t you sell early on?
21:30 Have you seen any rip-offs of your technology in China?
23:30 In your experience, how have VCs reacted to Kickstarter?
26:15 Thank you so much to Squarespace for partnering with us on the show! If you want sign up to use Squarespace for your site, email your receipt to contest@thisweekin.com and you’ll be entered to win a Macbook Air!
30:00 Welcome to Jacob Klein from Motion Math. Jacob, what do you make?
31:00 Jacob demos the Motion Math game Hungry Fish.
32:30 Does this fall under the category of adaptive learning?
34:00 How do you get something like this to stand out in the App store?
38:30 Jacob demos Motion Math: Zoom.
40:00 How many downloads to you have combined for all games?
43:15 What’s the right amount of time for a child to be allowed to spend on these devices?
45:00 Welcome to Pano Anthos of GatherEducation.
45:15 Showing a video demo of how GatherEducation works.
49:30 Did you build this as a proof of concept?
54:00 Discussing the changing educational landscape.
56:00 In 20 years, when your grandchildren go to college, will that be a disappointment?
58:00 What’s next, are you venture-backed?
1:01:30 Dave, what drew you to educational technology?
1:03:30 What reactions have you gotten from the investor community?
1:06:00 Have you found that the Sifteo block work particularly well for students with disabilities?
1:08:30 Thank you to Dave, Jacob and Pano for joining us today. And thank you to Trada and Squarespace for supporting the show.
1:09:30 Everyone check out the LAUNCH Education + Kids event on June 12 and 13. We’ll see you next time.

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