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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Bill Gates cheers online education phenom

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.

Comments | More in | Topics: Bill Gates, Billionaire techies, Education

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