— How will the company monetize a free product?
— It is always important for teachers and schools to test, evaluate and score children. We will adjust the product to this and schools will pay for this option. According to the results of the course, there will be a kind of analyst in the system: Mike got 4 points, but here's what he can improve; Peter got 5, that's his progress. For such Analytics and reporting, we will receive payment from these institutions.
— So schools will pay for their conservatism and attachment to reports?
In general, today's educational system was built for the world that existed 30 years ago. You are taught something, you go and work in this specialty all your life. Now everything changes very quickly, a lot of jobs are going to be automated, traditional jobs disappear.
The fact is that the modern system of education does not help children to become productive and "adult". It seems to us that teaching children to solve open-ended problems, to act on the basis of the situation, to work on the solution together with others is more important. These qualities are more important than the ability to solve quadratic equations or write from dictation. We try to teach children the skills and technologies that they already face every day, but that they perceive as a fact or magic.
We do not yet know in which countries My Creativity Box will be presented in the future, but the main thing is the vision of the world to which we want to go.
— In one interview, on a question «what would do if you become immortal?», you said, "I Guess I wouldn't feel the pressure of deadlines anymore. I wouldn't be so tense, I'd feel relaxed."
What "deadline" can put pressure on a 27-year-old guy?
— Over the past couple of years, several of my relatives have been diagnosed with cancer, people dying, you can't not notice it. You understand that time goes, people leave here, and there is a wish to be flush with time. Therefore there is a constant pressure from time.
If you tell someone that it needs to be done, they can take forever to complete it. If you say that it needs to be done in an hour, then this hour is very productive. Deadlines are important, even if they are artificial, otherwise, people go with the flow. That is why it is good to be mortal.
I watched people who graduated from good universities, and because of the lack of any pressure, restrictions in life, they did not know what to do with themselves. A chain of thoughts began: I can do this, and this, and still learn this, learn the language, go there, work there — and in the end they do nothing. When choice is limited and deadlines are on the horizon, you spend your time much more productively.