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John Baker, Founder, President & CEO, Desire2Learn, walks us through his entrepreneurial journey. John describes how to build a strong and sustainable business, and emphasizes the importance of ...

John Baker, Founder, President & CEO, Desire2Learn, walks us through his entrepreneurial journey. John describes how to build a strong and sustainable business, and emphasizes the importance of setting a clear strategy, building a passionate team and being persistent.

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  • TheDesire2LearnStory
  • My first venture… My biggest business before I started my company was selling Kool-Aid as a kid
  • My first venture… My biggest business before I started my company was selling Kool-Aid as a kid
  • My first venture… My biggest business before I started my company was selling Kool-Aid as a kid
  • About MeEarly Childhood:•  Grew up with a calculator toy•  My first computer (Grade 2 or 3) was the IBM PC Jr . •  Played games, typed notes, and even learned to program (from magazines)•  Loved science fairsHigh School:•  Participated in Math contests•  Was a bit of a nerd (for a while)University:•  Went into engineering thinking I would eventually be a doctor
  • University ExperienceuWaterloo – Systems Design Engineering:•  Couldn’t get enough of the design projects and competitions •  Online Micro Electronic Thermal Analyzer •  Personal ECG monitor •  SYDEArms (Reinvention of crutches)•  The design projects sparked my entrepreneurial drive
  • Passion  
  • Problem  Finding  
  • We offer innovativetechnologies that transformthe learning experience
  • Driving ChangeTechnology  Pla-orm   On  Premise,  Desktop   1 In  the  Cloud  (SaaS),  Mobile  Delivery  Model   Brick  and  Mortar   2 Online  &  Blended  Courses  Content  Delivery   Books  and  Paper   3 Digital  Content  InstrucDonal  Model   One  Size  Fits  All   4 Personalized  
  • TRANSITION FROM PRINT TO DIGITAL
  • Flip classroom and webcasting
  • Learning is builtaround a community  
  • 1000 Women Program
  • ExperientialLearning
  • Today
  • The Early Years
  • play video
  • Setting a clear strategy
  • What’s the best play?
  • Some of theChallenges
  • Competition
  • Perseverance  
  • Scaling Up•  Supporting learners lifelong •  Focused on enduring relationships•  24/7 service and support •  600+ people worldwide•  14 available languages •  750+ clients and 8+ million users•  Global SaaS capabilities •  >98% client retention
  • Securing Investment
  • Future Full of Possibility