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January 6, 2014: Salman Khan, Executive Director and Founder of Khan Academy

Among other topics, Salman discusses the following with Metis Strategy:

  • The genesis of the idea behind Khan Academy
  • Khan Academy’s aim to fill skill and knowledge gaps but not to compete with or replace the physical classroom
  • The revenue model and examples of performance metrics used like “Total global learning due to Khan Academy”
  • How Khan Academy differentiates itself from other MOOCs by focusing on how content is consumed and not offering accreditation
  • How Khan Academy scales and develops its team
  • Salman’s thoughts on education reform in the United States
  • Eye on the Trends:  Khan Academy, like other MOOCs, will further enable access to the best education and push for a competency based education and hiring system -  a departure from the current setup that give excessive importance to an institute’s brand name

Salman Khan’s Biography

Sal is the founder and executive director of the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

As of December 2013, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube attracted 1,553,000 subscribers and the Khan Academy videos have been viewed over 334 million times. In 2012, Time named Sal in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes magazine featured Sal on its cover with the story “$1 Trillion Opportunity”.

Prior to founding Khan Academy, Sal was the portfolio manager at Khan Capital Management and a Senior Analyst at Wohl Capital Management. He also spent time at MVC Venture Capital, Scient Corporation, and Oracle Corporation.

Sal received his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was president of the student body. He also holds a Masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science, a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering and computer science, and a Bachelors degree in mathematics from MIT where he was president of the Class of 1998.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview