Top Hat CEO Mike Silagadze on EdTech’s crazy school year


Toronto-based EdTech startup Top Hat has had one hell of a 2020. A massive Series D round was shortly followed by a… global pandemic. That led to staff reductions and a restructuring, a product pivot, and numerous acquisitions.

“If students don’t go to university, we don’t have a business.”
– Mike Silagadze

Mike Silagadze, Top Hat CEO, joins BetaKit’s Black Swan podcast for a candid conversation on the state of post-secondary education in North America, while explaining how his company went from massive fundraise to pandemic pivot in a few short months. Silagadze is blunt about the challenges post-secondary institutions face, and the impact of a second wave on his business.

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Black Swan is a BetaKit podcast. Hosted by Douglas Soltys & Rob Kenedi. Edited by Kattie Laur.
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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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