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Geoff Ralston Talks About Education Incubator, Imagine K12

Last week, I met up with Geoff Ralston, an Internet exec whom I have known for a dog’s age–from his stint in the early days at Yahoo and later at music service Lala, which was sold to Apple in 2009.

These days, instead of heading to another company or starting one, Ralston has joined with Tim Brady and Alan Louie to launch Imagine K12, an education incubator.

Based on Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator, the aim of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Imagine K12 is to help education-focused start-ups with a little money and a lot of entrepreneurial encouragement.

After sifting through a pile of applications for slots, Ralston and his partners picked the first “class” of start-ups, who will begin work on June 2.

Here’s a video interview I did with Ralston talking about it all:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik