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.
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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