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16 avril 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Khan Academy founder wins 2018 Visionary of the Year award

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle – Image 2 of 17 Salman Khan reacts at his table after being awarded the San Francisco Chronicle VisionSF Visionary of the Year Award at the War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.


March 27, 2018 Updated: March 27, 2018 10:38pm

When Salman Khan began posting videos on YouTube more than a decade ago, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur had no idea of the celebrity he would gain, nor the impact he would have.

His online tutorials in math, with their encouraging counsel informed by degrees from Harvard and MIT, were made for friends and family struggling in school. But his audience quickly grew. Before long, Khan had quit his day job in finance to carry out a goal of delivering free Internet instruction to the world. His educational website was called Khan Academy.

On Tuesday night, Khan, 41, was presented the fourth annual Visionary of the Year Award, an honor announced by The San Francisco Chronicle at a gala at the War Memorial Veterans Building.

The award recognizes individuals who use their business savvy and entrepreneurship for social benefit. It carries a $25,000 grant from The Chronicle that can be applied to the cause of Khan’s choice.

Khan Academy today has more than 62 million registered users in nearly 200 countries. His voice, which still narrates many of the tutorials, is widely recognized, and students and parents often stop him on the street to thank him for providing an assist at school or work.

“As I tell everyone, this is just something I fell into,” he said as he accepted the award and recounted helping his cousin Nadia with her school work years ago.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Sal Khan creates online academy to educate anyone in world for free 


27 janvier 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Sal Khan creates online academy to educate anyone in world for free

Photo: Peter DaSilva – Salman Khan founded the nonprofit online Khan Academy to educate anyone in the world for free.


Sal Khan has interesting ideas about what constitutes riveting dinner conversation.

At the moment, he’s partial to “mind-blowing” similarities between Greek, Latin, Germanic languages and ancient Sanskrit as well as the fact that Iran and Ireland are the only countries with names that mean “land of the Aryans.”

“That’s still my favorite thing to share in conversations,” said the founder of Khan Academy, a free, online learning platform serving 15 million people a month. “The other thing is you can get hypothermia (and die) in 80-degree water.”

Khan smiled.

“I’m a nerd,” said Khan, who is a nominee for the 2018 Visionary of the Year award sponsored by The Chronicle. The winner of the award will receive a $25,000 grant that can be applied to the cause of his or her choice.

In Silicon Valley, nerds like Khan — with companies whose users number in the many millions — are often billionaires. While Khan isn’t poor, he falls well short for any list featuring big-money moguls in tech.

He probably could have been rich off the idea, but when he came up with the vision for Khan Academy, he wanted it to be free.

The mission — a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

That sole mission of the company, unchanged since he founded it in 2008, is plastered on the Khan Academy website as well as the walls of his Mountain View headquarters.

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