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Thursday 17 November, 02011

Are you interested in turning the Khan Academy into a business?

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:37 pm

This is beautiful:

Question [to Salman Khan]: Are you interested in turning www.khanacademy.org into a business? Maybe with some VC funding?

Answer: I’ve been approached several times, but it just didn’t feel right. When I’m 80, I want to feel that I helped give access to a world-class education to billions of students around the world. Sounds a lot better than starting a business that educates some subset of the developed world that can pay $19.95/month and eventually selling it to some text book company or something. I already have a beautiful wife, a hilarious son, two hondas and a decent house. What else does a man need? With that said, if you are a social venture capitalist and are looking to deploy capital with the highest possible social return per dollar invested, we should talk. I think you’ll find that there is no more measurable, scalable and high impact way to educate the world.

[via John Robb]

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