Jan. 17, 2023

43. From Classroom to Boardroom: Bridging the Education Gap while Scaling

43. From Classroom to Boardroom: Bridging the Education Gap while Scaling

Did you know that 75% of highschool students are not proficient in high school mathematics? There’s some problems we often think, “well that’s the government’s job to fix.” Education (and math education specifically) often falls into that category. But Dr. Aditya Nagrath had a different perspective. What if he solved that problem from the private sector, and built a sustainable, profitable business while doing it? In this episode he joins host Jim Barnish to share how he founded his company Elephant Learning to confront the problem of learning math head on. They discuss math proficiency among students today, lessons learned from hiring family, and how to build longer relationships with clients when your product solves their problem.

3 Key Takeaways

  • Don’t sit around waiting for others (*ahem* the government *ahem*) to solve problems you see. Public problems can (and perhaps should) be solved by private companies.
  • Understand the risks and impacts when hiring family and friends. If you hire someone ill-equipped for a role, it will not only hinder your growth as a company, you will hinder their growth as individuals.
  • Don’t focus on the competition; focus on getting your next customer(s).


Dr. Aditya Nagrath's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adityanagrath/

Elephant Learning LinkedIn company page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/elephant-learning/

Elephant Learning Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ElephantLearningApp/

Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny et al.: https://a.co/d/gGSwymE

Elephant Learning website: https://www.elephantlearning.com/ 
(mention The Dirt podcast for a scholarship offer!)


Aditya Nagrath, PhD is the creator and cofounder of the Elephant Learning Mathematics Academy. Dr. Nagrath is a mathematician and software engineer turned entrepreneur. On average, children in his system learn 1.5 years of mathematics over the course of 10 weeks using his system just 30 minutes per week.

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