Caterina Fake on Her New Podcast, Should Jeremy Rossmann of Make School 1 day ago   57:09

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Caterina Fake hosts the podcast Should This Exist? which is about how technology is impacting our humanity. It launches today on iTunes. She also cofounded Flickr, Hunch, and Findery and is an investor at Yes VC.

https://twitter.com/Caterina
http://applepodcasts.com/ShouldThisExist
https://yes.vc/

Kat Manalac is a partner at YC.

https://twitter.com/KatManalac

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

https://twitter.com/CraigCannon

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Topics

00:00 - Caterina's new podcast, Should This Exist?

2:00 - Is there a process for considering if something should exist?

3:30 - Who should be part of these conversations?

4:45 - Wait But Why and the Human Colossus

6:50 - Episode 1 of Should This Exist?

9:45 - Having conversations before things exist

11:10 - How might employees think about their role in whether or not something should exist?

14:00 - Caterina reflecting on her creations and if they should exist

18:30 - Considering whether things should exist as investors

23:00 - Cofounder charter - What you will and won't do

25:30 - Questioning the VC model

26:50 - Working on Wall St, feeling herself change, and quitting

30:50 - Caterina as a student

33:30 - Peculiarity and entrepreneurship

34:50 - "Don't fight to win prizes that aren't worth winning"

38:00 - What was once fringe is now mainstream

40:20 - Kat looking up to Lea Salonga

42:10 - Evgeny asks - How did she get her first 100 paying users?

48:55 - How does she advise founders to find investors?

54:15 - What questions should founders ask themselves while making something?

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Nicola Di Marco
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Mario Johnson
Corazon Aquino, maybe.
J Fbooke
Fake News?
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Jeremy Rossmann of Make School Caterina Fake on Her New Podcast, Should 1 day ago   42:17

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 Jeremy on Twitter @jeremyrossmann.

The YC Podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

https://twitter.com/craigcannon

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

Learn more about YC and apply for funding here: https://www.ycombinator.com/apply/

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Topics

00:05 - What is Make School?

00:45 - How is their intensive track different than a traditional college course load?

1:55 - How are their students differentiated from students educated in a traditional CS program?

2:45 - Interacting with the parents of Make School students

7:45 - William Triska asks - What are some ways to encourage greater independence and autodidactic behavior in students pursuing technical skills and knowledge?

9:35 - The autodidact myth

15:30 - Two stakeholders making purchasing decisions: potential students and parents

19:40 - The education landscape 20 years from now

23:30 - Education stacking

24:35 - Vikram Malhotra asks - When are we going to do away with degrees?

32:15 - Evan Ward asks - Should liberal arts colleges consider adopting ISA's?

34:50 - Are there instances of predatory ISAs?

37:00 - Make School students who want to be entrepreneurs

40:00 - Advice for people in YC