Michael Lombardo, founder & CEO of BookNook, joins Rick on the latest episode of Mission Driven. BookNook is an online collaborative learning platform that provides reading and math support through lessons, gamification, and assessments. They also provide online tutoring services, connecting district students to vetted tutors. The company is on a mission to ensure equitable access to rigorous and engaging instruction through technology innovation.
In the episode, Michael discusses the impact of COVID and distance learning on the growth of the company and the pros and cons of being a non-profit vs. for profit in the education and edtech industry. He also discusses the company's commitment to DEIB, including the importance of caring for employees who join mission driven companies. Finally, Michael shares what’s in store for the edtech and education industry and trends he sees emerging.