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Thought Leaders in Online Education: Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Oct 19th 2019

AR/VR is changing education. In our TLOE series, this interview delves into the trends and the white spaces.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself and to zSpace.

Paul Kellenberger: I’m the CEO of zSpace. zSpace is a very innovative technology company that has been in the market and focused on education for the last six and a half years. We’re a unique combination of augmented reality and virtual reality.

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Thought Leaders in Online Education: Tim Broom, CEO of ITProTV (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Sep 2nd 2019

Online learning has produced some unicorns and a plethora of niche businesses. Tim talks about one that focuses on the IT learner.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to ITProTV. 

Tim Broom: I am the CEO of ITProTV. We’re an online learning provider for people who are interested in information technology, security, and networking. The easiest way to describe it is, it is the Netflix of IT learning where someone may pay us a subscription price to have an entire library.

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Thought Leaders in Online Education: Gregory Marino, CEO of Kaplan Higher Education (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Aug 29th 2019

Purdue University has recently acquired Kaplan University to create Purdue University Global, one of the pioneers in online learning. Read on to understand why.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to you as well as to Kaplan.

Gregory Marino: I just celebrated my 26th year with Kaplan. My resume reads newspaper boy and then Kaplan. I’ve been in education my entire professional career. Over those 26 years, I’ve been pretty much involved in each one of our major divisions.

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Thought Leaders in Online Education: Niall McKinney, President of Avado (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Aug 15th 2019

Avado is a $100M online learning company that focuses on group learning for enterprises. The discussion includes several exciting open problems that are ripe for new entrepreneurs to step in.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing yourself as well as Avado to our audience. 

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Thought Leaders in Online Education: Andrew Grauer, CEO of Course Hero (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 21st 2019

We interviewed Andrew on the Entrepreneur Journeys series five years back when Course Hero was at around $10 million in revenue. In 2018, the company’s website had 300 million visits. Revenue is approaching $100 million. And as for comparables, Pluralsight has gone public and has validated the business model of all-you-can-eat subscription-based online learning.

Read on to deep dive into the trends for the sector.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to a bit of a recap. We had you over five years ago and you told us your entrepreneur journeys story. Give us a little recap and then let’s catch up. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Online Education: Dror Ben Naim, CEO of Smart Sparrow (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 17th 2018

This conversation delves into the personalized learning design system space.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce yourself and Smart Sparrow to our readership.

Dror Ben Naim: I’m the Founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow. We are a learning technology platform. We help education providers make their digital learning experiences personalized and adaptive.

Sramana Mitra: Double-click down on that for us and tell us a bit more about what that means. You can use use cases. It’s a perfect way to explain all this complex stuff. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Online Education: Patrick Mullane, Executive Director of HBX (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 19th 2018

Harvard Business School is using online education extensively across different use cases. Learn how.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce yourself and HBX platform.

Patrick Mullane: I’m the Executive Director of HBX, which is Harvard Business School’s online education initiative. Harvard Business School built a custom platform about four years ago with the intent to deliver case-based business learning in a scaled way; in a way in which we could reach more people around the world in the interest of furthering the business school’s mission, which is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. >>>

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Bootstrapping a Virtual Company to 5 Million Plus: Nick Shaw, CEO of Renaissance Periodization (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Nov 8th 2018

Nick has built a very interesting e-learning company and addressed scalability with nifty strategic choices. Read on. You’ll learn a lot.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Nick Shaw: I was born and raised in the state of Michigan. I grew up with the goal of wanting to go to the University of Michigan. It’s a top-level school. I was lucky enough to get accepted there. I started in the Sports Management program. I originally wanted to be an athletic director. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Online Education: O’Reilly Media Chief Content Officer Karen Hebert-Maccaro (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Aug 10th 2018

Karen discusses the trends in online learning including in-the-moment and multi-channel.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as O’Reilly Media and your activities in online education.

Karen Hebert-Maccaro: I’ve been at O’Reilly Media as Chief Content Officer for about a year. I have spent much of my career in talent development and talent management roles including Chief Learning Officer for a high-tech company in healthcare. Prior to entering the corporate world, I was in academics. I taught and was the Associate Dean of School of Business in Massachusetts for about 12 years. >>>

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Man and Superman: Future of Education

Posted on Monday, Mar 5th 2018

In the One Million by One Million online curriculum, almost eight years ago, I decided to put in a line as a joke: “We’re working on a chip that can be implanted in your brain and it will transfer ALL the entrepreneurial knowledge from my brain to yours. However, this chip is not quite ready yet. So, in the meantime, please study the curriculum and learn the methodology of entrepreneurship that we have designed.”

Well, little did I know that this would cease to be a joke by 2018.

In fact, in the next decade or two, perhaps, this sort of implant will become the future of education.

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