Eric is passionate about finding ways to pair great teachers and smart technology to help every student realize their fullest potential. He has worked in executive roles at Cengage and Pearson and was co-founder and President of Flat World Knowledge, the world’s first commercial higher education open textbook publishing company. Flat World Knowledge raised over $30 million in venture capital and has over 3,000 faculty and 500,000 student users.
Eric is a frequent speaker on innovation in education, and his work to make education more accessible and affordable while maintaining quality has been widely covered in media outlets including the New York Times, Wired, US News & World Report, Fast Company, NPR, Time, and others. Eric is an advisor to the non-profit Center for Education Technology in Tel-Aviv.
Favorite Professor: Pat Greenfield, for sure. Pat was head of the labor studies program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her passion for standing up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves was inspiring, and the non-academic lessons she taught resonate today.
Favorite way to spend free time: Doing anything outdoors with his better half, Mayu, and two great daughters, Miya (8) and Emma (6). They spend as much time biking, kayaking, hiking, and digging for worms as possible (on the latter point – Mayu, not so much).