There is always a multitude of reasons why I enjoy talking with him [Koichi], not only that he appeared in one of the very first episodes (EDUKWEST #4) and gave me some credit sort of ex ante the interview concept had proven itself to be more than just a flash in the pan but also as our online careers (if you want to call it like that) began approximately the same time and if you have a closer look and compare you’ll find quite some parallels.
Besides knowing that he wants to disrupt (no, I don’t think that the term is overused when talking about some people at least) the Japanese textbook industry, I was also keen on hearing his reasons to quit live teaching. I’ve my own reasons for that but seeing him doing the same at again almost the same point was quite interesting.
In today’s MRU we take a look at the whooping $32 million funding for 2tor, the new recording feature of Busuu, the first episode of Tofugu TV and the future of building blocks developed by a company called Sifteo.
As most of you know, I have been a big fan of Koichi Ko since I first met him back in late ’08, early ’09 on eduFire. To me he is one of the most inspiring edupreneurs I know and from watching him and his projects evolve I have learned a ton over the last two years.
His textbook Textfugu for self learners of Japanese is a hit, so is his blog and videos but now Koichi is taking it to the next level with TofuguTV – a travel show.