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Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan on the new school year and virtual learning

Last spring, with schools shut down to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, educational apps became a lifesaver.

As parents, educators and students adjusted to the virtual classroom, many leaned on apps and tech to help bridge the gaps in learning.

Among them was the popular Khan Academy, started by founder and CEO Sal Khan in 2005 to provide videos and tools to help students learn math, science and more subjects.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Khan said he first learned of school closures due to the pandemic in February, after receiving letters from South Korea of teachers using Khan Academy. In the following months, schools began to close in the U.S. in favor of virtual learning.

“When it started to become clear that school closures might happen we started to do a bit of a war room around ‘OK we’ve gotta provide more support for teachers, for

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Ford CEO Jim Hackett has finally come into his own as the carmaker launches its much-anticipated Bronco SUV

Ford CEO Jim Hackett speaks at the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field on April 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett speaks at the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field on April 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.

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  • Ford CEO Jim Hackett has faced steady criticism since he took over at the automaker in 2017.

  • Hackett is a staunch proponent of “design thinking,” and the first Ford vehicles shaped by that process are starting to come to market.

  • The best example is the all-new Bronco SUV, which debuted last week after years of anticipation — and racked up so many reservations that it briefly crashed the pre-order website.

  • Ford has challenges ahead, as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and a near total shutdown of its manufacturing operations.

  • But Hackett’s vision for the company is finally showing results and shaping the future of the 117-year-old automaker.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When nobody was looking, Ford CEO Jim Hackett quietly got on a

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Slated Taps Tim Wesley As CEO; Yair Landau, David Wertheimer And Michael Joe Join Board

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Slated, the online film financing, sales, packaging and development marketplace, has hired Tim Wesley as CEO.

Wesley recently served as an executive digital consultant for AMC Theatres and is the former general manager of RedBox On Demand.

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He will report to Slated’s newly installed board of directors. Stephan Paternot, co-Founder, who led the company as CEO for the previous six years, will continue with the company as executive chairman.

Simultaneously joining the company’s board of directors are a trio of respected entertainment industry executives: Yair Landau, the former vice chairman of Sony Pictures and president of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment; David Wertheimer, former president of digital at Fox Networks Group and president of Paramount Digital Entertainment; and Michael Joe, former COO of STXfilms and EVP of Universal Pictures.

Under Wesley’s direction, Slated will expand the company’s institutional capital resources to

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Elon Musk’s net worth just hit $70.5 billion, surpassing Warren Buffett’s. Here’s how the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech.

Elon Musk.
Elon Musk.

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  • Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life. 

  • He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university, going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more.

  • He’s also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He just had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes. 

  • But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken about the coronavirus crisis, questioning the severity of the outbreak and urging for business to resume.

  • Now, Musk has hit a new milestone: as Tesla’s stock hit an all-time high, Musk’s wealth surged to $70.5 billion.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

It seems like there’s nothing Elon Musk can’t do. 

As CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI and Neuralink, Musk

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CEO Pichai Says Google Will Invest $10 Billion in India

(Bloomberg) — Google said it plans to spend $10 billion over the next five to seven years to help accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in India.

Sundar Pichai, who was born in the country and is now chief executive officer of parent Alphabet Inc., made the announcement at the annual Google for India event via video conference. He said the outbreak of the coronavirus has made clear the importance of technology for conducting business and for connecting with friends and family.

“This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy,” he said of the India Digitization Fund.

The $10 billion will be invested in partnerships, operations, infrastructure, the digital ecosystem and equity investments. Google said the effort will focus on several key areas:

Enabling affordable access and information for every Indian in their own language, including Hindi, Tamil and PunjabiBuilding new products

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Janet Hayes Named Crate & Barrel CEO, Kit Kemp Partners with Christie’s London, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

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A Big Week for Big Retailers

It was a busy news week for major home furnishings retailers. After reporting last week that Neela Montgomery would step down as CEO, Crate and Barrel announced that Janet Hayes would assume the role on August 1. The president of Williams-Sonoma from 2013 to 2019, Hayes was also formerly the president of Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen.

Elsewhere, Sur La Table filed for bankruptcy. The Seattle-based purveyor of kitchen goods disclosed its plans to close 56 of its 112 stores; 20% of its corporate staff was also cut.

West Elm made waves when it announced that it would take the 15 Percent Pledge, which means that partnerships with Black designers and

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