A former hedge fund manager offering free academic tutorials via YouTube has a pretty big fan in Medina.
Sal Khan produces the short, free tutorials on topics such as biology and calculus from a closet in his Silicon Valley home. He’s reaching more than 200,000 viewers a month, including Bill Gates.
Gates has been watching the videos with his 11-year-old son, Rory, and is meeting soon with Khan, according to a Fortune magazine story.
Gates also called out Khan’s teaching last month at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Khan was already on his way to becoming a celebrity, at least among tech tycoons interested in online education.
The “Khan Academy” was featured on PBS NewsHour in February, and venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife have provided more than $100,000 to support Khan.