How To Become a Master in the Startup Decathlon
Yrjo Ojasaar is an internationally successful entrepreneur, consultant, negotiator, and an occasional angel investor. He is also a valued teacher in our master’s programme entitled Design and Development of Virtual Environments. Yrjo gave a quick online interview with his initial reflections on the
MIT Global Startup Workshop that is taking place in Tallinn this week, the upcoming disruption in global education, constituents of good entrepreneurial education, and start-ups.
@ Good afternoon, Yrjo! You'll be leading a panel discussion at the MITGlobal Startup Workshop today - what to expect from this event?
@ @ has given us over 20 Nobel laureates and startups that employ over 3 million people - so expect a lot 😉
@ great insights about entrepreneurship, exciting new ideas and motivation to take businesses global
@ We'd be very interested in some Nobel laureates, too 😉 Do you know if many Estonian startups are taking part?
@ there were several startup founders at the welcome MIT reception sponsored by US embassy & I have seen familar faces today
@ Can we speak of any trends in the global startup scene?
@ lots of disruption coming in the next few years in that market
@ Khan Academy and others are creating tremendous innovation in this niche
@ So these changes in #education are related to the massive open online courses? #MOOC
@ absolutely, that model is showing how online education can in fact be far superior to classroom teaching
@ it is also democratizing education, so Ivy League quality can be within reach of anyone and everyone
@ traditional education will be revolutionized adding practical and entrepreneurial experiences, & much better instruction
@ why listen to ur local out of date prof, if you can learn from the best in the world (+ rewind, comment, share, etc)?
@ You are teaching in our Master's programme: Design& Development of Virtual Environments (@). How is #MOOC affecting it?
@ integration of best of breed teaching + visuals + exercises is a must to stay relevant
@ If we talk about @, then what are these virtual environments? Please bring some examples.
@ from @, @, down to any internet based community and business
@ And what skills do you need to build such virtual environments?
@ interdisciplinary skills are key - understanding the psychology of users, design, and business modeling are all important
@ another key aspect is working with international teams across time zones and cultures
@ So it's not just about coding?
@ coding is just one of element, to be successful you have to approach this like field a decathlon
@ you have to be good at many things to succeed internationally, technical part is only 1 aspect
@ Is it best to learn everything yourself, or should you rather invest in teamwork?
@ softball Q 😉 Team is everything - I dont know a singe person, no matter how capable who could pull off 1man show for long
@ Ok 🙂 So all the viable skills that you mentioned - you & your colleagues are teaching them @?
@ @ is a super program taught by people who are tops in their field, so lessons are über practical and entrepreneurial
@ but come check out for yourself - our lessons are open - stop by @ in Tallinn
See also what first-year student Himshwet Gaurav thinks about the master’s programme: Design and Development of Virtual Environments:
After a break in the
MIT Global Startup Workshop, Yrjo answered a few more questions:
@ Are technological startups mostly for very young people - the generationthat grew up with the Internet, computer games, gadgets?
@ This weekend a #Garage48 event Tallinn Music 2013 was taking place. Thereseem to be plenty of startup events? Can there be too many?
@ Max# people should get a taste of entrepreneurship, we are entering the age of #freeagents 4us lifetime employment =myth
@ What do you think about the saying that coding is becoming the new Latin?
@ & world is becoming the new #Rome, our lives r fundamentally affected by code daily we should at least speak a few words
@ And finally, coming back to the disruption in education - how will it be affecting Estonian universities & their programmes in Est-n?
@ triumph/disaster -depending on how open the leadership is in seizing the opportunities that revolutions present