- The San Francisco startup Degreed wants to "jailbreak the degree" and provide users with a digital diploma for both formal and informal learning.
- Degreed wants to create a platform in which users can input any learning they have completed, whether a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or a badge from a MOOC, and Degreed will generate scores measuring users' education.
- The company recently received a $100,000 grant from the Gates and MacArthur foundations after winning the "Digital Media and Learning Competition"; to complete its credentialing software, Degreed organized a fundraising campaign on its website to raise an additional $100,000.
From the article:
"... One new San Francisco startup, Degreed, is on a mission to 'jailbreak the degree' and give learners a new form of academic credentialing. The startup’s free service essentially scores and validates a host of different learning inputs, whether they be from formal institutions, like the University of California, or informal platforms like Khan, Lynda.com, iTunesU, Coursera and so on. ..."