Do You Have to be an Educator to Remake Higher Education?

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Silicon Valley is enamored with the narrative of the 20-something founder who doesn’t know enough of the industry he is disrupting to do otherwise.

But sometimes, experience matters. I’m biased, but I’d argue that knowing a thing or two about journalism helps when building a modern media company. And last week, Lynda Weinman– founder of lynda.com– said her secret to building an online education company with more than $100 million in annual revenues was simply being a great educator in any medium.

For Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, he says his experience as a teacher has been a blessing and a curse when it comes to upending the world of higher education.

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