20VC: Raising $24m From The Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, Why EdTech Is So Misunderstood & Why The Future Of Work Is Decentralised with Andela’s Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson is the Founder & CEO @ Andela, the startup that aims to bring a scientific approach to building engineering teams. They have backing from some of the best investors in the world with the likes of the Zuckerberg-Chan Initiative, Spark Capital, Google Ventures and our friends at Susa Ventures just to name a few. As for Jeremy, prior to founding Andela, Jeremy co-founded 2U, one of the fastest-growing education technology startups in history. 2U went public in 2014 (NASDAQ:TWOU) and continues to transform higher education. Jeremy has spoken on education and entrepreneurship at meetings hosted by the White house and Congress and was named “30 Under 30” by Inc. Magazine in 2012 and Forbes in 2013 and 2014.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How Jeremy made his entry into startups and came to found Andela?
2.) Question from Paige Craig: How did the Zuckerberg-Chan Initiative deal come about? What has been the effect of taking that round for the company and for you as the founder?
3.) How does Jeremy view the contrast between being CEO and being founder? What does he believe makes a truly great CEO?
4.) Andela is an intensely operational and logistics based business, how did Jeremy learn to handle this? What were the fundamental challenges?
5.) How does Jeremy view the future wof work? Why does Jeremy believe the future can only be in decentralised work forces?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:
Jeremy’s Fave Book: The Power of One
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