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How Tutoring His Cousin Led Sal Khan To Revolutionize Online Education

The founder of Khan Academy explains how he left a career in finance to lead a nonprofit that makes online educational videos.

Sal Khan of Khan Academy
Sal Khan, founder of the nonprofit, online educational resource Khan Academy.

Khan Academy is a free, nonprofit educational platform online with more than 6,500 video lessons students and teachers can utilize across a wide variety of subjects.

The organization’s founder, Sal Khan was in Houston last week to speak at Rice University and told Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how he left his career in finance to champion the mission of online educational resources.

In the audio above, he says it all started back in 2004 when his cousin Nadia visited from New Orleans, and she told him she was having trouble with middle school math.

So, he offered to tutor her, and, before he knew it, he was tutoring a few others. And then he made a video or two to help explain some concepts and started to notice they were getting a lot of views.

Now, what started as a one-man effort has grown into an organization of more than 150, with lessons taught in more than 36 languages.

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