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e-Reader Technology + Education = Changes in the Developing World

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The world of education as we know it is changing before our eyes.  Our guest is one of the few visionaries and leaders who has worked in technology, education, and eReaders.  Hear David Risher’s sense of the future and the possibilities it offers in both the US and developing worlds.



Show Highlights: 

  • Segment 1:  David shares his personal story about founding WorldReader.  Listen to Dave’s vision of the future for e-Readers, education, and how that might shape the future of education. Listen to Segment 1
  • Segment 2:  WorldReader is making books available to the developing world and has successfully conducted pilots in schools in Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya.  Hear how WorldReader’s lives have impacted the children in those areas and changed lives.  David shares WorldReader’s recent work in converting regular phones into smart phones to give children in developing countries access to books. Listen to Segment 2 

About our Guest: 

As Worldreader’s CEO, David is a lifelong reader who knows that books have the power to change lives, just as they have changed his. He has been at the forefront of technology for more than two decades, first as a general manager at Microsoft and later as’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Marketing, responsible for growing the company from $16 million to $4 billion in sales. David later taught at the University of Washington’s Business School where he was elected Professor of the Year, served as president of the Board of the Benjamin Franklin International School, and is a member of ESADE Business School’s International Advisory Board and the International Advisory Board of Catalonia.

David has a comparative literature degree from Princeton University and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. In 2011, he was named a Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur.