At TEDxFurmanU, David Blake highlights the distinction between education and degrees, arguing that the future of learning involves abandoning the concept of a finite education. About David Blake David Blake is the founder of Degreed, a free online platform that scores and validates lifelong education from both accredited and non-accredited sources . A 2007 graduate of Brigham Young University, David was most recently a consultant for New Charter University, an accredited private online university founded in 2011 with headquarters in San Francisco, CA. In 2011, David was one of 25 select participants chosen to join the inaugural EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab at Stanford University. The Lab, a joint program of Teach For America and the venture philanthropy firm NewSchools Venture Fund, was launched in collaboration with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. The goal of the EdTech Lab is to address the education achievement gap between students from low and high-income communities. From 2008 to 2011, David worked as a founding member of, an online social network that connects students with information and opportunities relating to colleges, scholarships, study abroad opportunities, and graduate schools. Through his work, David aims to promote universal access to education, create meaningful indicators of personal educational outcomes and success and enable a measured and meaningful system for lifelong learning. About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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