San Francisco-based EdTech company, Quizlet is the largest user-generated online learning platform in the U.S. Every month, over 30 million active learners from 130 countries practice and master more than 200 million study sets of content on every conceivable subject and topic. Their mission is simple: To help people practice and master whatever they are learning. Quizlet provides engaging, customizable activities with contributions from people everywhere.

Many of the platforms most popular features have stemmed from hackathons – including Quizlet Live (a collaborative learning game), Quizlet Flashcard Themes and the scan feature, which makes it easy to create flashcard sets from printed worksheets – the company closes down the last two weeks of December so its employees can work on personal projects from home. A sort of informal hackathon!

It’s time to prepare Generation Z for Jobs that don’t even exist yet, so I invited Quizlet’s CEO, Matthew Glotzbach onto my podcast to understand the role that his platform will play in preparing the future workforce.

Matthew Glotzbach

As Senior Director, Product Management at Google, Matthew Glotzbach had overall product responsibility for Google’s cloud computing applications including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Voice, Google Talk across business and consumer offerings. When he was the Vice President of Product Management at YouTube, he led the creation of YouTube’s music subscription service and fan-funding business platforms.

However, I didn’t invite Matt to talk about the past. We discuss the exciting future he is building in the EdTech space with Quizlet and why hackathons have become a Silicon Valley staple. I’m also keen to learn how employees from all departments (not just tech!) have contributed to products that have been released to users.

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