My daily readings 01/18/2012

  • tags: Emacs

  • tags: Emacs

  • tags: Learning

  • tags: Learning e-learning training

    • 1999 everyone was talking about how all training was going to be online by 2010. It hasn’t happened at all, and even worse, flagship companies such as Saba, with a market cap of $142M and SumTotal, which was taken private by Vista Equity Partners in 2009 for about $160M didn’t perform as expected.
    • On the other side, companies such as BlackBoard, with a market cap of $1.45B and SkillSoft, with a market cap of $1.05B did much better. There hasn’t been a lot of innovation after this first generation of e-learning startups. However e-learning as an industry seems to be making a comeback with companies such as 2Tor, founded by Princeton Review’s John Katzman, getting a lot of attention after raising a $10M series A in June 2009 and $20M series B recently led by Highland to go after elite programs at elite schools.
    • Even though most of the spending is done by corporations, the healthcare, higher education and PreK-12 segments are growing faster. What makes it even more interesting is that new devices such as the iPad create interesting opportunities to develop solutions for these growing segments. Imagine if someone could leverage the iPad, Twitter, Facebook, Zynga and other highly interactive and addictive solutions to go after the training market?

      UPS had a lot of press lately about the use of video games to train the younger generations of truck drivers. Gaming is hot and portable devices are much better in handling multimedia applications. The ecosystem is ready for a second wave of innovative e-learning companies and I expect to see a lot of action there!

  • tags: writing

  • tags: writing tool

        1. A single quote from the article that the reader seems to think represents the spirit of what was said. For example, several folks quoted me saying “Computers need operating systems but networks don’t.”
        2. A statement of agreement or support, such as “Peach it!” or “Right on.”
        3. A combination of those two
        4. A restatement of the premise of the article in the reader’s own words.


        Interestingly, the majority of folks so far who’ve made any notes about the article did so via #1 above. A smaller number did #2 or #3. So far nobody has done #4, but I have seen that reaction to some of my previous articles.


        It occurs to me that with a sufficient number of people bookmarking an article and selecting a short passage from it, I have a useful way to figure out what statement(s) most resonated with those readers (and possibly a much larger audience). It’s almost like a human powered version of Microsoft Word’s document summarization feature.

  • tags: writing tool

  • tags: community

  • tags: writing tools

  • tags: writing tools

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