With a passion for k-12 education, Shaily Baranwal, CEO and founder of Elevate K-12 and Classblox, has helped provides digital instruction and online resources to millions of at-risk students across the US for a reasonable price. Since launching in 2008, Elevate K-12 has provided over 1 million hours of online instruction and has averaged a 35 percent increase in student test scores. Shaily's latest consumer product, Classblox, offers on-demand, online classes taught by real teachers. Students take hour long virtual, interactive classes from vetted teachers in subjects like algebra, Spanish, and ACT prep.
Shaily and her company’s mission is to help ensure that every student gets one-on-one, online instructional support, irrespective of geography, demography and ethnicity. In this podcast, Shaily will also share how she was able to bootstrap for many years, make her first sales, raising capital and why she liked to hire athletes for the company.
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