The Edtech Podcast

The Edtech Podcast gets behind the personalities in global education innovation & edtech. Join 1500+ listeners each week, from 141 countries, to hear from educators across early years, schools, higher & further education, plus investors, startups, bluechips, Government and students. Also, regular insights from interviews, events, and LIVE podcasts.
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Feb 4, 2017
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  • Enjoy a $50 discount at SXSWedu® with the code: reg-edu-etp_c5173c53f9 

What's in this episode?

  1. Announcing an official media partnership with the SXSWedu® Conference & Festival
  2. In conversation with Richard Taylor, UK-based angel-investor in c.12 edtech start ups
  3. Recorded at Bett, you’ll hear what Taylor believes are:
    1. The 3 lessons for edtech success
    2. What he thinks of accelerators, distributors and teacher pension schemes
    3. And why he thinks part of our latest obsession with coding is a red herring.

Sample Quotes (@dick_taylor)



  • Investing in early stage start ups is like a horse race. Only the horse race takes seven years and half of them you need to take out and shoot.
  • Sometimes you make money but actually the better lesson is when you lose money.
  • When I first started in education i didn't really care what it was or if it had any impact. If it made money that was all I really cared about.
  • The ones that are more likely to be successful are the ones that have a teacher in the founding team
  • 'When schools buy or use edtech there is a big cost, but also a big opportunity cost.’
  • 'Schools buy million pounds worth of stuff pretty much how the local football club buy sausage rolls for their fundraising night' 

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Announcing Media Partnership with SXSWedu® Conference & Festival

The Edtech Podcast will attend the seventh annual SXSWedu® Conference & Festival in Austin, March 6-9, 2017 to document the passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders brought together across its four days of programming. As part of our media partnership, listeners can access a $50 discount on tickets by going to and entering the code reg-edu-etp_c5173c53f9 at check-out! Shout out @podcastedtech if you're going and use the code :) 


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