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David Risher

Founder and CEO, Worldreader


David Risher, Worldreader’s Chief Executive and co-founder, has led educational and large-scale technological advancement for over two decades. As general manager at Microsoft, he helped develop and market Microsoft’s first desktop database products and created some of the company’s first Internet-based services. As Amazon’s Senior Vice President for Retail, he grew the company from $16 million to $4 billion in sales and drove the company to its first profitable quarter.

Following his passion for education, David designed and taught “Competing on the Internet” at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, where he was voted Professor of the Year by his students.
He has served as Board Chair at Barcelona's Benjamin Franklin International School, was an early Trustee of the Seattle Girl’s School. In addition to leading Worldreader and serving on its Board, he is a member of the ESADE Business School’s International Advisory Board and Princeton University’s Comparative Literature Advisory Council.

David graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Comparative Literature focused on 20th century fiction, and was awarded an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee, a Draper Richards Kaplan social entrepreneur, an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and a Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellow. David speaks four languages and is an avid long-distance cyclist.

On reading: “Reading is our only true vaccine against ignorance and obsolescence. Through it, we become our best selves."