Jonathan M. Nelson. Jonathan Nelson (born 1956) is an American businessman and investor.
He is the founder of Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm based in Providence, Rhode Island, which manages funds with US$40 billion in commitments. Early Life and Education Nelson grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Brown University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
After graduation he managed the China division of Wellman, Inc. Upon returning to the United States, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1983. Career History Providence Equity. Jim Eisenstein is an operating partner of Providence and currently chairman and chief executive officer of Grupo TorreSur (GTS), a Latin American focused wireless tower company.
Formed in October 2010, GTS is the largest independent wireless tower company in Brazil, owning and operating over 6,000 towers throughout the country (pro forma for pending acquisitions). Prior to co-founding GTS, Mr. Eisenstein was chairman and chief executive officer of Optasite Holding Company, Inc. Providence Equity Partners. Providence Equity Partners LLC is an American global private equity investment firm focused on media, communications, education and information investments.
The firm specializes in leveraged buyout transactions as well as growth capital investments and has invested in more than 130 companies globally since its inception in 1989. The firm manages funds with over $39 billion in commitments, making it a large global player in the private equity industry. The firm also invests in credit funds through its Capital Markets group and affiliate, Benefit Street Partners. Providence was one of the principal pioneers of a sector-based approach to private equity investing. Blackboard Inc. Blackboard Inc. is an enterprise technology company with corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. that is primarily known as a developer of education software, in particular Blackboard Learn, its flagship learning management system. Founded by Michael Chasen, Matthew Pittinsky, Stephen Gilfus and Daniel Cane in 1997, Blackboard became a public company in 2004 and continued operating publicly until Providence Equity Partners purchased the company in 2011.
The company provides education, mobile, communication, and commerce software and related services to clients including education providers, corporations and government organizations. The firm's seven platforms are: Learn, Transact, Engage, Connect, Mobile, Collaborate and Analytics. Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information. Open data—machine-readable information, particularly government data, that’s made available to others—has generated a great deal of excitement around the world for its potential to empower citizens, change how government works, and improve the delivery of public services.
It may also generate significant economic value, according to a new McKinsey report. Our research suggests that seven sectors alone could generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value as a result of open data, which is already giving rise to hundreds of entrepreneurial businesses and helping established companies to segment markets, define new products and services, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Podcast The open-data opportunity. The Carlyle Group. Blackboard Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering of Common Stock.
Blackboard Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering of Common Stock. Washington -- Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB) announced today that its initial public offering of 5,500,000 shares of common stock has been priced at $14.00 per share. Blackboard has agreed to sell 3,650,000 shares, and its selling stockholders have agreed to sell 1,850,000 shares. In addition, Blackboard and its selling stockholders have granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 825,000 shares to cover over-allotments, if any, of which the first 401,062 shares would be sold by the selling stockholders and the remaining 423,938 shares would be sold by Blackboard.
Blackboard will not receive any of the proceeds from the shares of common stock sold by its selling stockholders. The common stock will be quoted on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol "BBBB" and is expected to begin trading today. Blackboard is haat. I Hate Blackboard. Sjoemelen met Blackboard. Studenten19 september 2011 12:39 Dat Blackboard – de online leeromgeving waarvan ook de UvA en de HvA gebruikmaken – regelmatig tot irritatie leidt, wisten we al.
De site is vaak traag en bovendien moeilijk te begrijpen. Niet voor niets heeft de Facebook-pagina I Hate Blackboard bijna 3000 leden. Minder bekend is wellicht dat de internetportal gemakkelijk gehackt kan worden. Die conclusie trekt althans het Australische blad SC Magazine. Een aantal hackers is het namelijk gelukt om de website binnen te dringen. Blackboard heeft inmiddels aangegeven bezig te zijn aan een oplossing. UReka ergert zich aan Blackboard en Menzis. Studentenfractie UReka was tijdens de universiteitsraadvergadering vanochtend verbolgen over de Blackboardstoring tijdens de tentamenperiode en de e-mails die studenten ontvingen van collectieve zorgverzekeraar Menzis in december.
UReka ergerde zich aan de Blackboardstoringen tijdens de tentamenperiode. Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System. One of the world’s biggest education publishers has joined with one of the most dominant and iconic software companies on the planet to bring colleges a new—and free—learning-management system with the hopes of upending services that affect just about every instructor, student, and college in the country.
Today Pearson, the publishing and learning technology group, has teamed up with the software giant Google to launch OpenClass, a free LMS that combines standard course-management tools with advanced social networking and community-building, and an open architecture that allows instructors to import whatever material they want, from e-books to YouTube videos. The program will launch through Google Apps for Education, a very popular e-mail, calendar, and document-sharing service that has more than 1,000 higher-education customers, and it will be hosted by Pearson with the intent of freeing institutions from the burden of providing resources to run it.
Mr. Still, Mr. Google to offer free ‘Blackboard’ 14 oktober 2011 - Pearson, a major player in the academic books market, joins forces with Google to create a new, cost-free interactive learning environment called OpenClass.
Are Blackboard’s days numbered? Google dominates a number of industries: having started as a search engine, it has expanded its reach to mobile phone software, navigation solutions, and email services. In a recent endeavor to compete with Facebook's social media platform, it launched Google+. Now, Google wants to join forces with Pearson , one of the biggest academic book publishers, to take on another "giant" - this time in academic learning environments: Blackboard. Layoffs and reorganization at Blackboard. Bill Flook, who covers the DC technology scene for Business Journals, just interviewed Blackboard CEO Jay Bhatt about last week’s layoff. The full article can be found here. From a quick read, it looks like Blackboard is executing on two key priorities: Trimming the fat caused by years of acquisitions and redundant operations; andCompleting the acquisitions by centralizing core functions, particularly under new management.
Blackboard Brain Drain: One third of executive team leaves in past 3 months -e-Literate. In August 2013 Michael described Ray Henderson’s departure from an operational role at Blackboard. As of the end of 2014, Ray is no longer on the board of directors at Blackboard either. He is focusing on his board activity (including In The Telling, our partner for e-Literate TV) and helping with other ed tech companies. While Ray’s departure from the board did not come as a surprise to me, I have been noting the surprising number of other high-level departures from Blackboard recently. As of December 24, 2014, Blackboard listed 12 company executives in their About > Leadership page.
Of those 12 people, 4 have left the company since early January. Beyond the leadership team, there are three others worth highlighting. I mentioned Brad’s departure already and the significance in this post. David is significant as he was Chief Architect and had the primary vision for Blackboard’s impending moving into the cloud. So why are so many people leaving? VOX: Blackboard. Will Big Data Compromise Student Privacy? The recent debate over the NSA’s surveillance policies shows just how much Americans care about privacy—perhaps on an unprecedented scale.
“This is the power of an informed public,” Edward Snowden wrote of Congress’s decision this month to limit the agency’s data-collecting power. “With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear.” But when it comes to the future of education in the United States, what if Americans’ privacy concerns are hindering the constructive use of data, from customized student learning to better teaching performance?
That’s the tension behind a growing body of education research by private companies, academics, and nonprofits alike. Protecting student data in a digital world. Across industries, data and advanced analytics are being used to personalize products and services, generate more impact at lower cost, and improve the user experience. Education is another field that stands to benefit from this trend: there is much evidence that data-fueled learning tools can dramatically improve student outcomes. The effective use of student data in K–12 schools—in fact, in most of the education system—is nascent, however. Schools, and in particular public schools, have limited budgets and may find it difficult to prioritize investment in data-driven tools and technologies. School systems are enormously complex, which can make it challenging to implement new programs. Thomas Gahan - Deutsche Bank --> Providence Equity Partners.
Why I’m buying Blackboard. Exclusive: Education company Blackboard seeks $3 billion sale - sources. Exclusive: Education company Blackboard seeks $3 billion sale - sources. Audrey Watters sur Twitter : "Blackboard up for sale for $3 billion?!?!? SlugBooks.com sur Twitter : "@audreywatters... Ca$h Out - Cashin' Out. Linda Schouten sur Twitter : "Blackboard for sale: 3 billion?(!) What about content/student data in this ‘confidential sale process’?
Antonio Vantaggiato sur Twitter : "Higher-ed -like governments- in the hands on banks >> RT @audreywatters: Blackboard up for sale for $3 billion?!?!? Waarom laat het Openbaar Ministerie de corrupte zakenbankiers in de Vestia-fraude lopen? - FTM. De corrupte zakenbankiers van Deutsche Bank die een centrale rol speelden in de grootste fraudezaak uit de Nederlandse geschiedenis komen niet in de beklaagdenbank terecht. Het Openbaar Ministerie wil ze zelfs niet eens laten getuigen. Waarom zet het OM niet alles op alles om het recht te laten zegevieren? Het is een kwestie van het volgen van het geldspoor en het stellen van simpele vragen. Welke lieden hebben het meest verdiend aan de gigafraude bij woningcorporatie Vestia? Het antwoord luidt: de banken.