Salman Khan

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Sal Khan

Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy (, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education for “anyone, anywhere” in the world. Khan was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Khan graduated from MIT in 1998 with three degrees: two bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering/computer science; and a master of science degree in electrical engineering. He began his career working in technology and later earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. Khan then became an analyst at a Boston based hedge fund which later relocated to Palo Alto in 2005.

In 2004 as a side project, Khan began tutoring his young cousin in math, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. By 2006, word got around and Khan was tutoring 15 family friends and cousins as a hobby. To better scale, he began writing software to give his cousins practice and feedback in mathematics. To complement this software, he also began posting videos of his hand- scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009, when the practice problems and instructional videos were reaching tens of thousands of students per month, he quit his day job to commit himself fully to the not-for-profit Khan Academy. The Khan Academy website now provides a self-pacing guided learning experience with over 100,000 practice exercises and 5,000 instructional videos covering everything from basic arithmetic to college level science and economics. It’s the most-used library of educational lessons on the web, with over 10 million unique students per month, over 300 million lessons delivered, and over a billion exercises completed. Over 100,000 educators around the world are also using Khan Academy to help build student mastery of topics and to free up class time for dynamic project based learning.!

Khan has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine, and recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”.

In late 2012, Khan released his book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.

Last updated: 2015-09-16 17:27

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