What are you most excited about teaching?
I'm excited to take people who can actually build software, help them solve the problems that are in their heads, and teach them the entrepreneurial skills to be able to put those all together to create a business. I think it's going to be amazing to work with people who have the business sense to be able to see that business opportunity, and at the same time have enough technical skills to be able to build the product and see it through to fruition.
Can you talk about the quality of instruction you've experienced as a student?
I'm in a unique position because I've been both a student and a teacher, and I do both all the time. I feel like I'm constantly learning. When I went through The Starter League last Fall I was blown away by the quality of teaching, Raghu and Jeff in particular. I'm very critical of teachers but they had an uncanny ability to take these very complex subjects and apply them to very real and concrete situations that enabled the students with a variety of backgrounds to learn, absorb, and reproduce what they were teaching.
The use of pair-programing is shockingly effective. You have two people to a computer and what naturally happens is that one person is struggling more than the other. The one who is having trouble should be at the keyboard trying while the other person attempts to explain what to do. They both benefit and both learn more than they would on their own. if you really understand something, try to teach it to somebody. The process of explaining a complex idea tests your ability to think through it in a clear concise manner and will highlight how well you really understand the concept. It was amazing how quickly we learned, and how much we learned in such a short period of time in that class.
What expectations will you have of your students?
Starter School is not going to be easy at all. The expectations are high, but there is a natural filter - for someone to take this on, you have to quit your day job, write a check, join starter school, you have to be committed, that's the only way you can do it. You can't do this halfway.