EdSurge: ‘An Education ‘Intrapreneur’ on the Difficulties Innovating in a Conservative Industry’
In EdSurge's interview with Larry Singer, the Open Up Resources CEO talks about his career, the challenges of innovating in education, and how Open Up Resources is meeting the needs of educators and students.
“A corporation does it backwards,” said Larry. “‘How can we make money? There’s an opportunity to make money. How do we figure out a product to fit in that space?’ You’ve got to flip it! What do they need first. Then how do we satisfy it. Not what are they willing to spend money on, and how do we get that.”
Open Up Resources’ Larry Singer made an immediate impression on EdSurge’s Jenny Abamu: He’s a CEO, but not the smug type, who’s likely to drone on about boring topics while you wait for someone more interesting to come along. Together, they talked about the differences between nonprofits like Open Up Resources and traditional textbook publishers, as well as the challenges of innovating in the education industry.
A piece on EdSurge’s website summarizes the highlights from the interview. You can also listen to the full podcast for extra information on topics like the difference between a textbook company and an education company, or the supports built into Open Up Resources materials to make sure its curricula are accessible to all students in an equitable way.
Read the highlights, or listen to the full podcast.