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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Sramana Mitra: Talk about some of the highlights of your portfolio. What have you invested in that you’re excited about?
Nate Redmond: We have been fortunate to watch the early development of our portfolio. We have this company called House Canary. We have a belief and a thesis that residential real estate, as an asset class, is larger than equities in the United States. Despite its size and fragmentation, the level of opacity is fundamentally different than what you’d see in the equity or credit markets.
As transparency around pricing of underlying security, of how to trade, and how to transact has come to those markets, you see a very significant increase in velocity of transactions. When you look at residential real estate, the behaviors that people have exhibited around how >>>
Sramana Mitra: What are the open problems in the spaces? We’re in a different stage from where you started. Where are we now? Where are the open problems?
Lior Koriat: One of the open problems that is starting to be addressed today is scale. It’s great that you can now easily scale into an endless ocean of infrastructure and scale out as much as you need, but then you have other challenges around governance, optimization, and collaboration between teams. There’s also visibility into how much you are consuming and how you are servicing your user. Are you locked to a single vendor? On top of that, there are challenges around security.
A lot of these are being addressed today by various startups or more mature companies. Some are still not entirely solved. I think that there is still a >>>
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Sramana Mitra: What about team size? What kind of team size are you doing all this with and how did that grow over time?
Brian Lim: We’re at about 60 full-time folks.
Sramana Mitra: You’re in Los Angeles right?
Brian Lim: Yes, at Anaheim.
Sramana Mitra: All of these people are in Anaheim or are they distributed?