Productized Podcast — Christopher Hull — How to achieve Student Performance?

3 min readJun 25, 2021


Chris Hull is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Otus, a Chicago-based edtech company. After 13 years as an educator, Chris wanted to minimize the chaos of disconnected edtech tools for K-12 administrators, educators, students, and their families. Otus is one system to teach, grade, analyze, and plan. With Otus, school leaders can focus on student learning, not technology.

Time Notes

[1:20] Who is Chris?

[2:52] Inspiration to become a teacher

[4:50] The drive to co-create otus — student performance platform

“The biggest power is getting to know each kid. What makes a good teacher? The ability to unlock conversations with each student, understand what each one’s preferences are, and motivate them accordingly.”

“The AHA moment is that there is no complete profile for a student like we have medical profiles or CRM tools.”

[13:02] Otus Team — from education to entrepreneurship

[16:49] Customer Target of the Platform

[19:57] Expansion Plans to other languages

[22:40] Develop each kid’s roadmap. How to unlock a kid’s superpower?

“Each kid wants a different superpower, we need to be able to unlock each kids desires and goals and put them on a path that is going to be exciting to them and is leading forward, to a good place”

[25:09] What do you think everyone needs to know about K-12?

[30:03] What’s your current product team North star?

[34:45] Relationship between educators and edtech entrepreneurs

[38:30] How do you see the future of edtech?

[42:23] Do you believe that K-12 education can be productized?

[44:50] Passions and projects

Chris Hull recommends 📚 on product and leadership:

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📗 Customer Success by Nick Metha

📘 Lean Startup by Eric Ries

📕 Purple Cow by Seth Godin

📙 Sense and Respond by Jeff Gothelf

📗 Scrum: A breathtakingly brief and agile introduction by Chris Sims

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