Nov. 2, 2021

Episode 60: Victoria Ransom and Prisma

Before remote learning was a thing, tailoring instruction to fit the needs of individual students was a daunting task for teachers. In a perfect world teachers would do this automatically because, in that world, every student has an understanding of what he or she doesn't know. However, in the real world teachers personalize the lesson plan for each student by incorporating technology into instruction. During COVID-19,  new opportunities for schools arose to do this while relieving much of that stress off of the teacher’s shoulders. Victoria Ransom, the CEO of Prisma, has developed a 21st century school that’s on a mission to change the way students learn.

Contrary to the narrative that all students struggled with remote learning during COVID-19 Prisma’s success is proving the contrary. In this episode, we speak to Victoria about Prisma and its role in education during COVID-19. She details why a school is an excellent option for learners in the 21st century and why student collaboration is key to its approach.

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Victoria has been an entrepreneur since her early twenties and has developed four companies, including Wildfire, which was acquired by Google in 2012 for $450M. Her current venture is Prisma, an innovative virtual learning platform for 4-8 graders that prepares kids for the world of tomorrow while making learning fun and meaningful. In year-end surveys 100% of Prisma kids say they’re happier at Prisma than their previous school, 100% of parents say they’d recommend Prisma to a friend and Prisma learners, on average, grow more than 150% of the national average in math and reading.

At her previous company, Wildfire, Victoria led the company to profitability in just one year and built the company to tens of thousands of customers, over 400 employees, and eight offices worldwide. Victoria has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a Techfellow winner for the category of General Management, was named one of the '25 Women to Watch in Tech' and was named the Ernst & Young Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Zealand. Victoria has spoken at numerous events including Le Web, SXSW, OMMA, AlwaysOn, Ad:tech, and Web 2.0.