Tyton Partners Founder's Five, an interview with Daphne Koller of Coursera and Engageli

By Engageli on August 23, 2022

Daphne Koller co-founded Coursera in 2012 with fellow Stanford Computer Science professor Andrew Ng with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. In 2020, Daphne Koller co-founded her second company Engageli, with the mission of improving the quality and engagement of online learning.

Coursera is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 102 million registered learners and more than 250 university and industry partners. The company offers a broad catalog of content and credentials, including Guided Projects, courses, Specializations, certificates, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to up-skill and re-skill their employees, citizens, and students in many high-demand fields, including data science, technology, and business. Coursera listed its shares publicly in 2021 (NASDAQ: COUR) and today has a market capitalization of more than $2 billion.

Engageli’s cloud-based, multimodal, digital learning technology creates flexible, inclusive, secure environments optimized for learner connections and active learning. Recognized for these innovations, Engageli was awarded Best Higher Ed Solution in EdTech Digest’s EdTech Awards 2022 and earned honorable mention in the 2021 Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Award program, which honors companies and initiatives that inspire better and more equitable learning. Engageli has raised over $47 million in funding.

1. What is your company's origin story?
When I was a professor at Stanford, I started working on technology-assisted education to improve the quality of the experience for on-campus Stanford students. I wanted to use technology as a means to create a deeper level of engagement and interaction between the instructor and the students, and between the students and each other. I also wanted to share all of the educational resources we created, including videos and quizzes, that were, at the time, only available to Stanford students and open them up to the rest of the world.

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August 23, 2022