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How Khan Academy Got Started

By JLP | September 24, 2012

I was perusing the latest issue of Fortune this morning and came across an article about a new book, One World Schoolhouse*, by the founder of Khan Academy. The article referred to an older article that was published in Fortune in 2010. I found that article and wanted to share a portion of it about how Khan Academy came to be:

In the summer of 2004, while still living in Boston, Khan learned that his seventh-grader cousin, Nadia, in New Orleans was having trouble in math class converting kilograms. He agreed to remotely tutor her. Using Yahoo Doodle software as a shared notepad, as well as a telephone, Nadia thrived — so much so that Khan started working with her brothers, Ali and Arman. Word spread to other relatives and friends. Khan wrote JavaScript problem generators to keep up a supply of practice exercises. But between their soccer practices, his job, and multiple time zones, scheduling became impossible. “I started to record videos on YouTube for them to watch at their own pace,” Khan recalls. Other users tuned in, and the blueprint for Khan Academy was created.

It’s amazing how so many big things start out almost by accident.

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