5 Minutes With a Visionary - Ian Waitz, Dean of Engineering School at MIT
Ian Waitz, 48, is no stranger to the quest for higher education. Waitz holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State, an M.S. from George Washington University, a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and holds three patents. Until 2011, he was head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, he’s dean of the engineering school — MIT’s largest of its five schools. He spoke in a telephone interview with CNBC.
One of the questions we asked him was: “If you had the world’s intellectual elite in one room, what question would you pose for debate?”, and he responded, “One that’s very prominent at MIT for us now is education for anyone, anywhere. We have a partnership with Harvard called EdX. We are providing online learning for anyone, anywhere, in an interactive way. If I were to ask a question, I would ask: “How do we do a better job or move that along faster?” … The opportunity to change the world through really effective education is really grand”. See the rest of his interview, here: http://cnb.cx/MBT7fE
Harvard student Connor Zwick thinks he can build the ultimate online educational tool. If he wins a Thiel Fellowship, he’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make that dream a reality. But should he really leave the Ivy League to launch a start-up? See “A Choice Between School and Silicon Valley” here: http://cnb.cx/LdOMiH
5 Minutes with a Visionary - Geoff Lewis, Founder of Topguest and Principal at Founders Fund
Geoff Lewis is not your traditional entrepreneur. He got his start as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and then worked at hedge fund Clarium Capital Management. Lewis, now 29, is combining his investment background with a passion for entrepreneurship at Founders Fund, where he is a principal focusing on investments in consumer Web, enterprise, and mobile.
Here’s one of the questions Geoff answered for us:
Q: What innovation in the last 20 years has had the most positive impact on society?
The iPhone specifically and smartphones more broadly. It is such an important innovation. You are connected to the world — anywhere, anytime. We wouldn’t have uprisings without smartphones in hand. That, to me, is transformational.
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