Neeru Khosla on Education and Doing a Start-UpBy kamla bhatt • Sep 16th, 2009
Category: Business & Tech, Diaspora, Featured, Ideas, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Video
Neeru Khosla has firmly remained under the radar for many years and has instead focused her attention on her family, children and their education. For many years Neeru was involved in volunteering for her children’s school. During this period she also went back to school and got her second master’s degree in education from Stanford University.
Inspired to do something in the area of education Neeru’s husband Vinod Khosla suggested looking into textbooks for high school students. And that suggestion sparked off Neeru’s interest although she initially resisted the thought since she believes in providing personalized content for school kids. However, Neeru discovered that there is a gap and a need to provide contextual content for high school students and teachers especially in the areas of science and math. And thus was born the idea for CK-12, her non-profit organization. Through CK-12 Neeru has combined her passion for education with purpose.
Over the past couple of years Neeru and her co-founder Murugan Pal have been working behind the scenes to create open-source, collaborative text books called textbooks. Flexbooks and their technology will be made available in August 2008.
In this interview Neeru shares how CK-12 is developing the technology and seeding content to create flexbooks that will are free to be used by high school students and teachers. She also shares on where and how she gets help from her husband, the in-house expert, who helps her with her questions. Doing a start-up is consuming as Neeru has discovered. So, I asked her if she has a better understanding of what her husband’s work in running his companies and being a venture capitalist. Tune in to find out what Neeru has to say on this subject.