EDUKWEST #74 with Osman Rashid of Kno

Osman Rashid Kno

When I was asked whether I was interested to do an Interview with Osman Rashid, co-founder and CEO of Kno you can imagine the answer.

Besides, me feeling obviously honored that EDUKWEST now got to the point to be on the radar of and interesting for these big companies in education, it was also very interesting to get some 1o1 time with him as I haven’t always been the bigger supporter of some of their moves (remember the Kno tablet to name only one).

As Osman Rashid was chairman at Chegg previously, I wanted to know his opinion on the evolution of textbooks as in this particular segment of the market there is so much going on, ranging from classic textbooks over textbook rentals to digital textbooks. I also asked myself whether Kno is to be seen as the logic evolution of Chegg.

When we look at Kno today with their e-textbooks for the iOS platform, I had, of course to ask why he saw it as a good idea to build Kno’s own tablet solution back in 2009/2010 and what has changed since then.

As 30 minutes are definitely too short to cover all the interesting things in the online education market, we concentrated on his outlook for the future in the last part, and what role mobile solutions specifically tablets are going to play.

One thing I took away from this talk is his enthusiasm that we’re just at the very beginning. As I keep saying, these are exciting times for education and it’s great to be part of it.


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EDUKWEST #74 with Osman Rashid of Kno

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Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at

  • James

    Kirsten – at the beginning of the interview you make it seem like you felt apologetic for whatever you wrote about Kno before. Don’t be