#131 – Jeremy Rossmann

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Podcast: Y Combinator
Episode: #131 – Jeremy Rossmann
Episode pub date: 2019-06-19

Jeremy Rossmann is the cofounder of Make School. Make School is a college for computer science headquartered in San Francisco. Make School students don’t pay until they have a job after graduation. They were part of YC’s Winter 2012 batch.

You can find MakeScool on Twitter @MakeSchool.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Y Combinator invests a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups (recently 200), twice a year.

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00:00 – Intro

00:32 – What is Make School?

01:12 – How is their intensive track different than a traditional college course load?

2:22 – How are their students differentiated from students educated in a traditional CS program?

3:12 – Interacting with the parents of Make School students

8:12 – William Triska asks – What are some ways to encourage greater independence and autodidactic behavior in students pursuing technical skills and knowledge?

10:02 – The autodidact myth

15:57 – Two stakeholders making purchasing decisions: potential students and parents

20:07 – The education landscape 20 years from now

23:57 – Education stacking

25:02 – Vikram Malhotra asks – When are we going to do away with degrees?

32:42 – Evan Ward asks – Should liberal arts colleges consider adopting ISA’s?

35:17 – Are there instances of predatory ISAs?

37:27 – Make School students who want to be entrepreneurs

40:27 – Advice for people in YC

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