The Desire2Learn Story - MaRS Best Practices
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DESCRIPTIONJohn Baker, Founder, President & CEO, Desire2Learn, walks us through his entrepreneurial journey. John describes how to build a strong and sustainable business, and emphasizes the importance of setting a clear strategy, building a passionate team and being persistent. Presentation video: https://vimeo.com/58711874.
<ul><li> 1. TheDesire2LearnStory</li></ul> <p> 2. My first venture My biggest business before I started my company was selling Kool-Aid as a kid 3. My first venture My biggest business before I started my company was selling Kool-Aid as a kid 4. My first venture My biggest business before I started my company was selling Kool-Aid as a kid 5. About MeEarly Childhood: Grew up with a calculator toy My first computer (Grade 2 or 3) was the IBM PC Jr . Played games, typed notes, and even learned to program (from magazines) Loved science fairsHigh School: Participated in Math contests Was a bit of a nerd (for a while)University: Went into engineering thinking I would eventually be a doctor 6. University ExperienceuWaterloo Systems Design Engineering: Couldnt get enough of the design projects and competitions Online Micro Electronic Thermal Analyzer Personal ECG monitor SYDEArms (Reinvention of crutches) The design projects sparked my entrepreneurial drive 7. Passion 8. Problem Finding 9. We offer innovativetechnologies that transformthe learning experience 10. Driving ChangeTechnology Pla-orm On Premise, Desktop 1 In the Cloud (SaaS), Mobile Delivery Model Brick and Mortar 2 Online & Blended Courses Content Delivery Books and Paper 3 Digital Content InstrucDonal Model One Size Fits All 4 Personalized 11. TRANSITION FROMPRINT TO DIGITAL 12. Flip classroom and webcasting 13. Learning is builtaround a community 14. 1000 Women Program 15. ExperientialLearning 16. Today 17. The Early Years 18. play video 19. Setting a clear strategy 20. Whats the best play? 21. Some of theChallenges 22. Competition 23. Perseverance 24. Scaling Up Supporting learners lifelong Focused on enduring relationships 24/7 service and support 600+ people worldwide 14 available languages 750+ clients and 8+ million users Global SaaS capabilities >98% client retention 25. Securing Investment 26. Future Full of Possibility</p>
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