Jeremy Rossmann of Make School on Income Share Agreements and the Future of College

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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 MakeSchool on Twitter @MakeSchool.

The YC Podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

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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

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