David Risher: Founder of Worldreader.org and Personal Open Library

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ShopO was inspired by David Risher starting a literacy charity working exclusively with digital books and creating a 37,000+ book library app and his FREE content supports our goal of 100% global literacy in English.

David Risher is CEO and co-founder of Worldreader. In 2010 he founded Worldreader after visiting an orphanage’s locked-up library during a year-long, 19-country teaching and learning journey around the world.

David has been driving education and large-scale technological change for over two decades. As a general manager at Microsoft he led the marketing and development of Microsoft first desktop database; as Amazon.com’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Marketing he was responsible for growing the company from $16 million to $4 billion in sales. He served for three years as Board Chair of Barcelona’s Benjamin Franklin International School, is a longstanding member of ESADE Business School’s International Advisory Board, and was elected Professor of the Year at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

David received his AB in Comparative literature magna cum laude from Princeton University, and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is an an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur. Read David’s full bio here.

On reading:

“Reading is our only vaccine against ignorance. Education is our children’s best guarantee of a better life.”

His Favorite Books:

As a kid: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

As an adult: The Odyssey

Twitter: @davidrisherWR


David's tangible steps to solving global literacy inspire us and we thank him for that.