Pierre Dubuc's OpenClassrooms Out To Disrupt Education System

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Pierre Dubai, Founder and CEO, OpenClassrooms
Pierre Dubai, Founder and CEO, OpenClassrooms

A Series of Forbes Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Pierre Dubuc, Founder and CEO, OpenClassrooms

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees in the U.S. for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Big numbers, especially considering that median incomes over the past 40 some years have remained relatively flat, adjusted for inflation. College costs have risen 276% over that time, commanding 25% of median incomes, up from just 7% in 1971. With no cost moderation in sight. Cost issues aside, many question whether the system is producing graduates with the skills required for the 21st century.

An audacious, but unassuming 29-year old, born in Normandy, France has been working on providing an alternative solution since the age of 11. The company is OpenClassrooms and its founder and CEO is Pierre Dubuc. “I started OpenClassrooms with my friend Mathieu Nebra four years ago, but we’ve been doing this as a hobby, since 1999,” says Dubuc.

Dubuc’s mission is to make education more accessible. The Paris-based online educational platform has 100 employees building the online platform that allow 400 mentors to train thousands of degree students a month across 128 countries. According to Dubuc, the business is growing fast, increasing 150% every year, attracting some 8 million Euros in venture funding from BPI,…