#316: Nhon Ma, CEO and Co-Founder of Numerade, on Leveraging Technology to Democratize STEM Education


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Nhon Ma is the CEO and Co-Founder of Numerade, a venture-backed, high-growth education technology startup based in Los Angeles. Numerade is singularly focused on creating exceptional video and interactive content experiences for education, making the knowledge and skills of world class educators widely accessible and affordable to student audiences of all backgrounds. Their mission is to close the educational opportunity gap by unlocking and democratizing access to extraordinary educators and the content they have to offer. Previously, Nhon Ma and Alex Lee co-founded Tutorcast, which eventually led to the founding of Numerade. Prior, Nhon also worked at Google.

Topics Covered by Nhon Ma in this Episode
  • How Numerade is tackling their mission to democratize STEM education
  • How Nhon and his co-founder Alex Lee’s previous company Tutorcast evolved into Numerade
  • Why they were inspired to address the issue of access to tutoring through technology
  • How they’re approaching content creation at scale and onboarding educators
  • How COVID affected their process and led more contributing teachers
  • Working towards digitizing teaching and learning styles in order to drive deep learning
  • Their platform of courses and practical videos
  • How they’ve reached students through organic growth
  • The current age demographic of their students and why it’s important for Numerade to expand to younger demographics
  • How they’re utilizing community to reinforce accountability and motivation
  • How being a mission-driven company has helped them grow the Numerade team and navigate the “war on talent”
  • Numerade’s approach to cultivating healthy company culture
  • How Nhon’s time at Google has impacted him as a founder
  • What fuels Nhon and how this has shifted over the years to focus on the “why”
  • The “three acts” of their business and the big vision for Numerade

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