David Rogier

How Do You Create a School for the Rest of Your Life? | David Rogier on Business Casual with Kinsey Grant

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Key Takeaways

  • We tend to have the crazy belief that education stops once schooling stops
  • Education is the only thing that no one can take away from you
  • “The true gift is the learning, not the grades” Kinsey Grant
  • So much of our life is built around seeking praise from others
    • To create a startup you have to believe in something other people think is impossible
      • You have to go against the grain and unlearn your craving for praise
      • In the process, you build confidence and learn about yourself

Intro

  • David Rogier (@drogier) is the Founder and CEO of Masterclass
  • Host: Kinsey Grant (@kinseyrgrant)
  • In this conversation, David Rogier talks about how Masterclass is changing education, and shares the story of how he started the company

Masterclass, a School for the Rest of Your Life

  • We tend to have the crazy belief that education stops once schooling stops
    • In the past, what you learned in school would serve for your entire life
    • Today, what you learn in school can’t prepare you for the rest of your life
  • What does a school that prepares you for the rest of your life look like?
    • It shouldn’t feel like traditional school
    • It should be something you enjoy doing
      • At the intersection of education and entertainment
  • Masterclass allows you to learn almost any subject from the best in the world
    • You can take a singing class from Christina Aguilera, a basketball class from Steph Curry, or a filmaking class from Martin Scorsese
  • David started Masterclass by cold calling and emailing potential teachers
    • It took him over a year to sign his first “teacher”, author James Patterson
      • This was a very tough time for David
      • He benefited from working with a psychologist during this time
    • Now, they only accept 1 out of 10 experts who apply to teach on Masterclass

The Importance of Education and How Masterclass is Different

  • Education is the only thing that no one can take away from you
    • It is correlated with higher life expectancy and income
  • Traditional education forces us to pick lanes, emphasizing specialization
    • As an addition to traditional ed, Masterclass allows you to explore a wide variety of topics
    • Interacting with and learning from people in different fields sparks creativity
  • “The true gift is the learning, not the grades” Kinsey Grant
    • Our education system focuses too much on grades
    • Masterclass measures its success in terms of how many people’s lives were changed by taking on of their classes

The Impact of COVID-19 on Ed-Tech

  • The pandemic only accelerated the trend of increasing consumer adoption of online classes
  • The biggest change that David saw with the pandemic was investors’ interest in the industry, which rose dramatically
    • In the past, paid online videos were seen with skepticism

How Starting a Company Changes You

  • So much of our life is built around seeking praise from others
    • This usually means doing what other people want and conforming to society’s standards
      • Going to a good school
      • Striving for great grades
  • To create a startup you have to believe in something other people think is impossible
    • You have to go against the grain and unlearn your craving for praise
    • In the process, you build confidence and learn about yourself
  • For these reasons, starting a company can be extremely tough on founders
    • Working with a psychologist can be extremely useful
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