How finding right talent at the right time is a challenge for India’s largest technology startups
The Economic Times
January 29, 2016
Chief operating officer Krishnan recalls bringing in someone from an earlier endeavor; TutorVista hired five people from top B-Schools but with little experience to work directly under the founding team. "That worked beautifully for us," Krishnan said. The online tutorial company which was later sold to Pearson Education Services in 2013 for $213 million.
Common Core: ‘the gift that Pearson counts on to keep giving’
September 23, 2015
Mercedes Schneider is a veteran teacher in Louisiana who has been educating students for more than two decades. She is also the author of two books, “A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education,” and the newly published “Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?” The following is an excerpt from her book about the education company Pearson and it is revelatory in showing the connections between some education reformers and corporate leaders. In this competitive environment, Pearson is held accountable for how we perform as a company by educators, students, schools and higher education institutions, as well as our shareholders and our employees. We are a company of nearly 40,000 – 15,000 of whom are former teachers, and many more, like me, are U.S. parents. All of us are motivated on making a difference in the lives of learners. This means engaging with students, parents, teachers, and professors to learn more from them. Pearson is just too big– and as a for-profit, it seeks to become ever bigger. Pearson exerts tremendous influence over American public education with an end to ever-increasing profits. Common Core and its attendant tests provide the undeniable potential to further streamline that influence.
Pearson Completes 100 % acquisition of TutorVista, Appoints Srikanth B Iyer as CEO
CNN IBN Episode 5
December 1, 2013 An in-depth look at the Professional education in India.
The run-up to the Pearson Teaching Awards 2013 has now arrived at a turning point in a student's learning graph - Professional Education. Episode five of our six-part series on education in India, deals with the crucial bridge between being a student and entering the real world - the world of professional education. If you missed out watching the episode on last weekend, catch it up on Dec 8th at CNN IBN at 3:30 PM and IBN 7 at 10:30 AM.
November 23, 2013 Pearson to report impact on learning outcomes
Pearson has announced a series of unique commitments designed to measure and increase the company's impact on learning outcomes around the world. As part of a new global education strategy which sets out to help more people make progress in their lives through learning, Pearson is committed to report audited learning outcomes measures and targets alongside its financial accounts, covering its whole business by 2018.
October 17, 2013 Deepak Mehrotra quits Micromax, to join Pearson Education as MD
February 25, 2013 Pearson completes 100% acquisition of TutorVista, appoints Srikanth B Iyer as CEO
British publishing and education company Pearson, has acquired the remaining 20% equity in TutorVista to complete its acquisition of the Bangalore based online education services company.
February 24, 2013 Pearson ups stake in TutorVista to own 100%
Pearson had acquired a minority stake in 2009, and a majority stake in 2011 in TutorVista. It currently own 80 per cent of the company. Pearson did not disclose the deal value.
Pearson increases stake in TutorVista to own 100%
International leading media and publishing firm Pearson today said it has acquired the remaining 20 percent stake in TutorVista, completing 100 percent ownership in the Bangalore-based learning services company, boosting its presence in the eduction space in India.
100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education
January 7, 2011
Education technology has become a hectic space in recent years. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates continue to push the envelope with enormous philanthropic gifts toward education reform; Blackboard.com was traded at a $1 billion plus valuation; and Google is putting millions into education tech sites like KhanAcademy. With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to get lost. Fortunately, most innovation is focused on a short list of fundamental ideas. In this post, we'll walk through nine clusters of education tech companies. A startup has the highest level of control and the highest earnings per student. Online-based institutions have started from several niches and are approaching mainstream education. Online video is set to take a share from text-based learning. Recommendation and search systems are offering new ways for content discovery. Using the principles that power Wikipedia, everyone can now create their own wiki with platforms like PBWorks or Wikia.com. Sugata Mitra introduced the concept of "Granny in the Cloud" — senior volunteers who encourage kids to study using Skype video calls. At Mashable, you've read about social campaigns for education, gaming in education and free educational resources. There are 100+ online resources that are transforming Education.
Teaching the world, online from India on May 20, 2011
Serial entrepreneur Krishnan Ganesh believes there are two things that starting up a successful business requires, passion for an idea and stupidity.
Kids Outsource Homework to Indian Tutors on April 6, 2010
Big corporations aren't the only ones going to India for cheap help; a growing number of parents are having their kids call overseas for help with their schoolwork. For just $99 a month, students can get unlimited help with English, math, or science from TutorVista, a network of Indian teachers, Reuters reports.
UPDATE 1-Pearson invests $30 mln in 2 Indian education firms on June 24, 2009
June 24 (Reuters) - British publishing group Pearson (PSON.L) said on Wednesday it invested $30 million in two Indian education companies, Educomp Solutions (EDSO.BO) and TutorVista, to build its position in the country.
Pearson Gets Stake in 2 Indian Education Companies on June 25, 2009
Pearson, the British publishing group, said Wednesday that it is partnering with an Indian education company and an Internet tutor, as it increases its focus on the huge Indian market, The New York Times's Heather Timmons reports from New Delhi.
August 15, 2008
With the summer nearing its end and the school year almost upon us, teachers, tutors and students have a lot to prepare for. As with just about any profession nowadays, there all kinds of tools that can help you do most of your planning from your computer keyboard. We've put together a list of 35 tools to help you get your school year started right. find resources for learning management systems, social networking communities for students and teachers, tutoring services and more. TutorVista.com - Allows you to work four hours a day. Students can request sessions with you as they build a relationship with you. Aim4a.com - A company that provides online tutoring opportunities. It uses services such as Skype to allow you to tutor anyone, anywhere from the comfort of your home. Jobs4Tutors.com - As the name implies, it is a service for tutors to find work and for parents to find tutors that suit their childrens' needs. TutorNation.com - A tutor referral service that also provides training and certification for their tutors. TeachAde.com - Besides giving teachers a social network, you can also set up a blog and site about yourself to share with others. Classroom20.com - A social network for teachers interested in using collaborative tools in their profession.
May 5, 2007
The Bangalore-based online tutorial firm TutorVista has chronicled out strategies to enter the Indian market as part of its growth and development plans a few months after raising its second round of funding worth $10.75 million which is about Rs. 48 crores. TutorVista also plans to venture into the Australian and Canadian markets. The company is expected to invest in numerous expansion creativities this year. K Ganesh, CEO, TutorVista told ET. Tutorials in subjects like math’s, English and science for students between 6th to 10th standards are the programmes that are offered. The company, which is going to launch the programme next month, is looking to reach out to 10,000 students by end of March 2008. TutorVista is also looking at multi-platform introductions. It is presently in talks with cyber cafe chains like Reliance World and Sify for this programme.
October 30, 2007Bangalore butler is latest development in offshore outsourcing
NEW YORK: Adrianne Yamaki, a 32-year-old management consultant in New York, travels constantly and logs 80-hour work weeks.
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June 21, 2007 - Sending work offshore has transformed the U.S. economy. Now, some families are tapping the same approach for personal tasks, getting them done for a fraction of what they'd cost at home.Taking your to-do list global.
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June 21, 2007 - If you want to see where Indian outsourcing is going, keep an eye on Krishnan Ganesh. Mr Ganesh founded the company in late 2005 after spotting that personal tutoring for American schoolchildren was unaffordable for most parents. His solution is to use tutors in India to teach Western students over the internet.
Jun. 19, 2007 - American students turn to Indian tutors for lower-cost lessons online
The Dallas resident eventually turned to Google and found an astonishing offer from a company called TutorVista: unlimited private tutoring, all via Internet connection, for $100 a month.
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May 25, 2007 - "India's Promise"-Outsourcing Stretches Out
India's large pool of inexpensive, English-speaking labor has fueled an explosion in business services outsourced to that country.India is beginning to challenge the limits of what can be done remotely.
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Feb 23, 2007 - Anything that can be done over the Web can be done in India-so why not tutoring ? I recently came across a company in Bangalore that's doing just that. The company, Tutorvista, started operations in a beta sort of way in late 2005, but only started marketing aggressively late last year.
Feb 23, 2007 - "They really believe that education is king there so why don't we take that knowledge process outsourcing workers, the person who is very well educated, and let them teach in the U.S.," said TutorVista's President John Stuppy