Hey Change Nation we are back with part 2 of our interview with Dan Friedman of Thinkful! In this half of our talk with Dan we discuss some of the key motivators to spark a change in his life and his decision to join the Thiel Fellowship as a college student under 20 years old. Though the University experience was great, Dan and friends still had an itch to do something more for the world despite their academic endeavors. Dan realized he was studying the broader world but not being a part of it and wanted to do something that had a bigger impact.
Another great insight discussed is the important aspects of what the future of higher education will look like from Dan’s perspective, and how he is using Thinkful to give students real world experience through their projects!
1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?
- Watsi– a funding marketplace for health care and patients around the world.
2. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
- Focus on the problem, and then keep your focus on the problem until you are sure you understand it. Even if that means going to work in that industry, or doing something other than starting a non-profit or company at first.
3. What is your favorite fun escape?
- Go on a Yoga retreat.
4. What is a caused based book we should all read?
- “The Score Takes Care of Itself” by Bill Walsh
5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?
- We should all take more time to think about what drives us individually, then make sure what we are doing is in line with that.
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