JOHN KATZMAN TAPS FORMER PEARSON EXEC TO BUILD THE FIRST MARKETPLACE FOR K-12 EDUCATION PURCHASING, OFFERING A SUITE OF TOOLS TO HELP EDUCATORS MAKE INFORMED BUYING DECISIONS.
Noodle Markets, a new provider of purchasing solutions to K-12 schools and districts, announced that its free online marketplace for education products and services is now open for vendors to register. The marketplace at noodlemarkets.com will address one of the industry’s most difficult problems: In an inundated education market, how can vendors make their products known to educators and how can educators access ample information to make smarter buying choices?
Noodle Markets will provide a one-stop source of comprehensive information about the vast array of paid and free educational tools, making the discovery and selection process easier for educators while also leveling the playing field for vendors. In early 2016, Noodle Markets will open its marketplace to K-12 educators, allowing education buyers to connect with sellers. Noodle Markets will also provide district purchasers with tools to streamline procurement processes such as RFPs. These tools will support educators with all forms of K-12 purchasing: from discretionary spending to selections made through competitive bidding.
Noodle Markets is the latest venture of The Noodle Companies, led by renowned education entrepreneur John Katzman, who previously founded The Princeton Review and 2U. Katzman appointed Nicole Neal as CEO and chief product architect, stating: “Nicole Neal is exceptionally talented and has a strong vision for how to use technology and innovation to make the purchasing process in education more efficient, transparent, and helpful for everyone involved. I am thrilled to have Nicole lead this important venture. Noodle Markets will help the best education companies and tools stand out and will remove friction from the buying process. This is a win for education across the board.”
Neal most recently served as the President of the Education Solutions Group at CORE Education Consulting and Solutions, LLC., where she oversaw a staff of 300 employees and managed a portfolio of formative assessment, intervention and content solutions for Pre-K through Higher Education. Prior to CORE, she served as Senior Vice President of Major Accounts and State Services at Pearson Education Inc., one of the world’s largest education publishing and technology companies. Prior to Pearson, Neal served as Senior Vice President of Client Services with Schoolnet, Inc. where she played an important part in helping to drive the company’s accelerated growth, leading to Pearson’s acquisition of Schoolnet. Neal holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer Science Engineering from Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland University College with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Said Nicole Neal on building Noodle Markets: “We have the opportunity to change the landscape of how K-12 educational institutions buy products and services. Noodle Markets will streamline the complicated discovery process, give educators access to data that they’ve never had before, and make it easier for educators to purchase products or services. The end result: the right products will get into the hands of students and teachers as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
The Noodle Markets purchasing platform will launch in early 2016, but education suppliers can now register to join the marketplace so that they are prepared to connect with education purchasers at districts and schools across the nation.
Once the full platform is live, district and school officials will be able to search for and research new tools more easily. With up-to-date information at their fingertips (e.g., pricing and unbiased third-party information), school districts will be able to discover the best options for each unique school and situation.
Ken Eastwood, Superintendent of Middletown City School District in Middletown, NY, said: “The Noodle Markets online marketplace will be a real catalyst for districts seeking innovative TechEd solutions. Our district knows from experience that finding excellent products and digital resources is far too challenging today! We look forward to using these tools.”
In addition, procurement professionals will save time and increase competition for RFPs and other public bidding processes by utilizing Noodle Markets’ innovative bid creation and communication platform, which has been tailor-built for K-12. Vendors will be able to respond to bids using a clear, consistent schema, allowing them to focus on meeting bid requirements rather than navigating bid structure, while also connecting more efficiently with schools and districts whose needs match their products and services.
Education vendors can reach more schools and districts by joining Noodle Markets today at www.noodlemarkets.com.
About Noodle Markets
Noodle Markets is dramatically transforming the way K-12 educational institutions buy products and services. As education companies add products and services to the marketplace and school officials discover new tools, Noodle Markets levels the playing field for vendors so the most innovative and effective tools gain traction. Its online marketplace and procurement platform help education institutions and vendors increase transparency, enhance communication, and enjoy more efficient purchasing in education. Learn more at www.noodlemarkets.com.