Solving The Student Loan Crisis By Eliminating The Option

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By Shawn M. Carter, CNBC

“More than 44 million Americans have taken out loans to pay for college and their debt totals $1.4 trillion. For those in their 20s, the average loan debt is $22,135. For those in their 30s, it’s $34,033. And 60 percent of borrowers don’t expect to pay off their loans until their 40s.

Gregory Dehn, founder and chief executive officer of Kaleidoscope, which connects high school and college students with grant and scholarship providers, offers a fix.”

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Bob Grogan, eLumen

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Thank you Andcor Companies for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies!

The CTO: Bob Grogan, eLumen

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

I was raised around kit computers, electronics and oscilloscopes.  Earlier on, I went to school for engineering at Northwestern in Chicago, and fell into the computer industry shortly after graduating. I’ve been working in the computer field in one capacity or another for 20+ years.

I was with Plato Learning (now called Edmentum) for over eight years. Working in education technology is a special place where business, technology and mission all meet. So when I had the chance to join eLumen, just around two years ago, I couldn’t turn that down.

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These Two Minnesota Schools Choose To Go ‘Tech Free’

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By Erin Hinrichs, MinnPost

“Grant Olson, a local software architect for CenturyLink, has made a living off being tech savvy. He’s been in the industry for 19 years. But when it came time to enroll the eldest of his three kids in school, he decided to enroll him in the Minnesota Waldorf School in St. Paul — a tech-free preK-8 private school.”

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Q&A With Kaleidoscope, The Local Edutech Startup That Just Raised $650k

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Buried in the buzz of GoKart Labs’ Venture arm announcement was the fresh funding of Kaleidoscope Group, which received $650k+ to develop and grow a new scholarship management saas platform.

It is led by Minnesota tech entrepreneur Greg Dehn, who spoke with us about the milestone and his bold future plans for this nascent startup.

When and why Kaleidoscope?

As a first generation college graduate, my education was entirely made possible through scholarship funds and financial support from generous individuals and institutions.

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PE-Backed Atomic Learning Changes Name To Hoonuit

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Via News Release

“We are excited to share with you that Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies are now Hoonuit! Over the past few years the Atomic Learning organization has evolved amidst a dynamic, ever-changing industry.

During that time we have acquired Versifit Technologies, conducted extensive research on your needs, and invested in expanding our instructional offering. In turn, our organization’s purpose has multiplied and now gives us the opportunity to serve you in an expanded capacity.”

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Kaleidoscope Group Signs Investment Deal with GoKart Ventures

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“MINNEAPOLIS, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kaleidoscope Group, an edtech public benefit corporation, today announced an investment deal with GoKart Labs, LLC, a digital innovation lab that uses collaboration and human centered design to further disrupt ideas in education, healthcare and financial services. GoKart Labs’ investment contributes to Kaleidoscope’s total capital raise of more than $650,000 to support the launch of a new cloud-based scholarship management platform.”

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