LightSail’s Reading Revolution Featured on the Harvard EdCast

January 9th, 2014

Last month on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s EdCast, Jessica Marshall, Chief Strategy Officer at LightSail Education, explained to Harvard’s Matt Weber how the company’s adaptive, tablet-based literacy platform is revolutionizing how K-12 students are gaining 21st-century skills.

Click here to read more and hear the interview.  Read The Full Post

LightSail Named an “Inspiring Startup” of 2013

December 29th, 2013

LightSail is delighted to have made Noodle’s list of “incredible products” that entered the edtech market in 2013. Here’s to all the dedicated educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs working to bring educational excellence to every student in the New Year! See the whole list here. Read The Full Post

SIIA: LightSail Wins Trifecta at Ed Business Forum

December 11th, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) showcased some of the leading growth companies in the education technology market, and recognized the best among them as part of the Innovation Incubator program at the 13th annual Education Business Forum. Read The Full Post

Seamless Co-founder Todd Arky Joins LightSail

December 10th, 2013

New York City – LightSail Education, a creator of K-12 digital literacy solutions, today announced the appointment of Todd Arky to Chief Revenue Officer.  Mr. Arky will be responsible for leading the company’s business development and national sales efforts.  He will report directly to Founder and CEO Gideon Stein. Read The Full Post

LightSail Ranked In Top 25 Digital Media Companies

December 7th, 2013

More proof that LightSail is riding high: LightSail was just ranked 21st among 2,438 digital media companies for rapid growth, winning an award from the business metrics site SIGNL. SIGNL’s rankings are based on the Momentum Score, a proprietary algorithm developed by SIGNL to measure private company growth. Read The Full Post

EdSurge: LightSail Is “Sailing the High Seas”

November 18th, 2013

EdSurge reports:

$3.5 million to NYC-based LightSail Education in a Series A round led by Ricardo A. Sagrera (Viceroy Ventures), with Joel Breenblatt (Gotham Capital), Dan Nir (Sargent Capital) and others participating. More details in the release. This is a quick follow-up to the $1 million seed round we reported back in July 2013. Read The Full Post

WSJ: LightSail Raises $3.5 MM, Launches in Urban Schools

November 18th, 2013

The Wall Street Journal’s Lora Kolodny writes: A New York City startup,LightSail Inc., raised $3.5 million in Series A funding for an app designed to improve K-12 students’ literacy.

Most education tech startups that attracted venture funding this year focused on the college market, continuing education, enterprise tech and improving kids’ skills in science, tech, engineering and math. Read The Full Post

SXSWedu: LightSail CEO Gideon Stein, Guest Blogger

November 7th, 2013

From the SXSWedu blog: Participating in a pitch event can help elevate your startup to the next level. Take it from someone who knows first hand: Gideon Stein and the LightSail Education team took home top honors in the SXSW V2Venture competition this summer in Vegas. Read The Full Post

Notes from the Field: Jaden’s Story

October 30th, 2013

Melissa Loeffler, LightSail’s Director of Professional Learning, writes for the LightSail blog:

At LightSail, we know that innovation begins in the classroom. Our inspiration comes from teachers and educators pursuing the critical and challenging work of teaching children to read. During the summer of 2013, students at New York City’s PS 165 were among the first to use LightSail. Read The Full Post

Getting Smart: Collaboration for Innovation

October 26th, 2013

LightSail CAO Jessica Reid writes for Getting Smart:

A grudge match is unfolding at the intersection of instruction and technology. It’s the Educators vs. the Entrepreneurs and everyone has to pick a side.

But, as I might say to my first graders, that is just silly. Read The Full Post


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