253: Don Phan – The Asian Education Market

253: Don Phan – The Asian Education Market

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [08:26] Don talks about the concept of 'founder market fit' and how to gauge that objectively
  • [25:16] Do education systems in Asia encourage students to develop their personal narrative? Don's thoughts on the Asian education system
  • [41:12] Don's views on the future of online education in Asia and how it compares with the US

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Don Phan to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham D Brown
  • [00:51] A bit of background about Don Phan and what he does
  • [02:04] Catching up with Don on what has happened in his life since he was last on the show
  • [05:20] How did Don decide to give up on one start up, his baby business, to shift to his other start up in education?
  • [08:26] Don talks about the concept of 'founder market fit' and how to gauge that objectively
  • [12:06] How does Don feel now in education compared to a year ago when he was working on his baby business?
  • [15:52] All about Don's education company HillHouse and its role in the Asian education market
  • [17:03] A comparison between how American and Asian families approach education for their children
  • [20:41] Don shares anecdotes about expensive private education 'consultants' that can be currently found in Vietnam
  • [23:05] The services offered by HillHouse from help with tests to assisting with applications including personal statements
  • [25:16] Do education systems in Asia encourage students to develop their personal narrative? Don's thoughts on the Asian education system
  • [26:34] The focus on collective learning found in the Japanese and Asian education system
  • [28:08] How is Don building Hillhouse? Don's method of hiring English teachers for his company and how it distinguishes Hillhouse from other companies
  • [32:30] A comparison between online teaching versus other forms of teaching
  • [35:04] Will online education form the bulk of education for certain age groups in the future?
  • [39:00] Is HillHouse more focused on the educational agenda of the future of learning or more focused on merely improving test skills?
  • [41:12] Don's views on the future of online education in Asia and how it compares with the US
  • [44:33] Young Asian parents in their 30s consider the educational gaps they themselves experienced when deciding on how to invest in their children's education
  • [48:05] Will Asia, in some way or form, be a future leader in education? Don's opinion on the possible evolution of the Asian education system
  • [49:40] Don explains the differences between US online education systems and Asian online education systems
  • [53:41] Go to Hillhouse.us to check out Don's education company