Prior to Skillshare, Karnjanaprakorn led the product team at check-in service provider Hot Potato, which was acquired by Facebook to build its Places tool. This week, in an email conversation, he set the record straight on his college years (turns out the guy holds two degrees, the dropout story is just a myth), shared some insight into the long-term plan for Skillshare and why traditional education will never be able to keep up with technology.
MC: How does learning from members of your community equalize education?
MK: Our team believes that the world needs a learning revolution. The pinnacle of education should be learning, not going to college. While it’s great to learn multi-variable calculus or the economics of china during school, what about the other 99% of skills that will never see the light of day? By the time a college starts teaching “Location Based iOS development”, it will become so outdated and irrelevant. Traditional education will never catch up to the skills needed in the market today.
While learning traditionally happens within the four walls of a classroom, why couldn’t learning exist outside of school? We all know that NYU is a great university, but what about New York City? Everyone that lives here has something valuable, interesting, and unique to share with others. We just need a platform to unlock this knowledge, and thus, Skillshare was born.