Charu Noheria is the CoFounder and COO of Practically. Practically is an experiential learning app for STEM subjects. Practically's vision is to reshape the way the world learns, as technology is still lagging behind in many parts of the world in education. This means bringing modern methods and tech to help educators create a more interactive, engaging, and better experience for students to learn in some dry-subject areas in STEM.
Also, you know whenever you're learning something new, whatever it is, there's that saying of you learn best by doing? That's based on The Cone of Learning by Edgar Dale and that's what's Practically is built upon. Practically's objective is for classrooms and students to learn by doing rather than rote learning (learning by memorizing, repetition).
View Charu's interview to learn more about:
How she got into education with her cofounders.
Advice about choosing the right investor.
Advice for entrepreneurs trying to scale their own company.
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