Excited about Grockit!

I am excited to be an angel investor in Grockit, an online learning start-up based in San Francisco.  Earlier today, Michael Arrington at TechCrunch wrote about the fundraising.  I have been looking at the online learning space over the past year, initially inspired by the success of MegaStudy in South Korea.  Besides building a very valuable business in its home market through a combination of online and in-person teaching methods, MegaStudy fueled an interesting cultural phenomenon – they turned teachers into rock stars! Top teachers at MegaStudy do the equivalent of stadium tours and, as they walk on stage, the student-fans go wild.  Business Week wrote a great piece on MegaStudy last year.

When speaking to Farbood Nivi, the founder and CEO of Grockit, a few months ago, I was similarly inspired. His vision is to "abolish Education and replace it with Learning."  He plans to do this, in part, through a novel concept called MMOL – Massively Multiplayer Online Learning.  Essentially, Farb believes that students learn best from each other, and he has some great ideas on how to build a business around this concept. He’s also got the street cred to build a leading company in this sector, having been a top ranked teacher with Princeton Review for years.  It’s very different from MegaStudy, but I like it even more.

Good luck to Farb, his partner Michael, and the rest of the Grockit team!

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