Sal Khan is an american educator and the founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit online learning platform. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. How amazing is this. In 2012, Time even named him in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Sal Khan was born and raised in In New Orleans. His mother was indian and his father was from Bangladesh.
Sal was working as a hedge fund analyst when he started using online tools to tutor his cousins in math. After that a lot of people asked him the same questions over and over again he decided to upload his videos on YouTube. To his biggest surprise those videos had a great number of views and even some teachers used those videos to help students. That is how Sal Khan came with the idea of Khan Academy. His videos became so popular that he decided to quit his job and to focus on those video’s. Now Khan academy has produced over 6500 videos about different topics and has over 2.8 million subscribers.
Sal Khan draws on the same approach to offer more than 5,000 free, web-based video lessons to millions of students across the globe, disrupting not only schools but also the education industry built around them.
At the beginning Sal started his company with a core capital that did not exceed $ 300. But now Khan academy is funded by donations by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google and many others. In 2012, Google’s first employee, Craig Silverstein, left Google and joined Khan Academy.
In 2012 Khan Academy has taught 6 million students per month and that number is greater than the number that Harvard has taught since its inception by 10 times.
Now in 2016 Khan Academy has become a very large library of videos and the most skillful teachers in various courses about history, healthcare, medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, cosmology, American civics, art history, economics, music, computer programming and computer science.
Make the best education available for everyone around the world for free is something that was lacking education world from the viewpoint of Salman Khan. From yours what lacks the world now?