Denis Nikolaev, Head of EdTech Investments at Prosus, Unveils Post-Pandemic Trends

“An interesting complement to the use of AI in education is collaborative learning.”

– Denis Nikolaev

The educational technology landscape underwent a significant transformation during the pandemic. This shift highlighted the efficiency, personalization opportunities, and convenience associated with online content delivery. In the latest episode of the On Work and Revolution podcast, Debbie Goodman speaks with Denis Nikolaev, the head of EdTech investments at Prosus, a global technology investment giant. Together, they explore the profound impact of these changes on education and investment strategies in the digital learning era.

In this episode, they delve into:

  • The three significant mindset shifts that have surfaced in the post-pandemic era, reshaping the educational landscape.
  • The profound impact of AI and ChatGPT on teachers, education, and testing methods, ushering in a new era of innovation.
  • A preview of what’s innovative and on the horizon in the ever-evolving realm of EdTech investments.


Denis Nikolaev is the Head of EdTech Investments for Prosus, where his team identifies and invests in innovative global companies that are disrupting the future of education across K-12, higher and professional education, and workforce training.

The Prosus EdTech team has invested over US$3.5 billion in a portfolio of twelve companies globally, including Stack Overflow, Udemy, GoStudent, Byjus, among others. Prior to his time at Prosus, Denis worked as an investment banker at Citigroup in London, where he helped establish the Internet investment banking team.

Denis earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s degree from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.


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