Rocketship Education is a network of public charter schools that was founded by John Danner and Preston Smith. Danner, a technological expert, emphasized personalized learning’s importance when it was founded in 2007. Combined with Smith’s experience in early childhood education, Rocketship Education quickly became a national leader in personalized education, made possible by customizing lessons and allowing students to work on their weaknesses outside of classroom lectures.
The California-based school network is different than most others. Its charter status allows each school to solicit investments from sources outside of nearby governments. Further, they’re also able to get grants and loans from government agencies, without having to follow the rigid rules of local governments. Most cities have directory boards of school members that outline rules for every school in large county or city limits must follow. Schools in low-income areas typically don’t meet the mold of these guidelines. As all of Rocketship Education’s 18 locations are not of economic advantage, they benefit from not sticking to arbitrary sets of rules that hold other K-5 institutions back.
RSED, short for Rocketship Education, is known for bringing high standardized test scores into the locations they inhabit. Several factors weigh into RSED’s quality instruction, which often beats out other public schools and even expensive private facilities.
Parents are included in interviews. With more than 15 years in K-5 instruction and administration, Preston Smith has recognized soliciting the help of parents as an effective way of screening out bad candidates. Parents are often more critical of who their students are around. When combined with administrators on group panels, Rocketship Education commonly weeds out teachers that can’t put in extra time to instruct students properly or aren’t wholly dedicated to student success.
The school even allows parents to meet candidates in the final round of interviews at community events, including dinners or local sports outings. In opposition to most schools hiring employees without consulting parents, entire schools of parents are asked of their opinions.
The nationwide network of elementary schools is slated to expand further in coming years, due in large part to its innovation, ranging from personalized education to parent-inclusive interviews.
Being a successful futurist is all about keeping ahead of the competition and knowing which way the winds are blowing. Jason Hope has been setting the mark for the industry for years now. As the founder of Jawa, a mobile communications company, Jason Hope has been able to extensively work with a full array of different people. In this way Hope has been able to tinker around in different industries that appeal to him as a futurist. Most recently Hope has been focusing on the world of biotechnology and specifically the field of anti-aging. In doing so Hope found himself admiring the work being done at the SENS Foundation. Hope would go on to donate $500,000 to the non-profit to help further their efforts.
The SENS Foundation is a prominent non-profit research firm in California and Hope’s interest in their studies bodes well for their future. Hope goes on to say in a statement, “I have had great interest in the SENS Foundation and Dr. Aubrey de Grey’s work for some time now.” Hope also goes on to mention that he thinks biotechnology and anti aging are the future of medical research saying, “Their work and the work of others that they support will drive the complete redefinition and reshaping” of a variety of different industries. As a futurist and as a passionate investor these words should get many people to start paying more attention to the field.
Jason Hope is also focused right now on helping to get the word out regarding the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is a concept that used to sound more like science fiction than reality, but the truth is just the opposite. The Internet of Things right now refers to the concept of smart technology but Jason Hope believes that the definition will evolve soon. Jason Hope believes in a future where our lives are fully integrated with smart technology in all of our possessions and day to day activities.
The Internet of Things is already being used in several different fields in some small ways. You’ll see certain airlines incorporating IoT technology in how they construct their planes. You’ll also see websites like Amazon start to create more products like smart watches or smart shoes that track your exercise. Soon the Internet of Things is going to develop into reducing waste, improving public transit and simplifying life — at least in Jason Hope’s professional opinion.
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Dr. Clay Siegall is the CEO and founder of Seattle Genetics, a biotech firm that develops target drugs for cancer and other diseases that still have a high death rate. Since its beginnings in 1998, Dr. Siegall has helped Seattle Genetics become one of the premiere targeted therapy drug developers. To date, Seattle Genetics created the first FDA-approved antibody drug conjugate. They also have forged partnerships with drug manufacturers like Bayer, Pfizer and Genentech and produced at least 20 drugs that will soon be released.
It took ten years for Seattle Genetics to become profitable. In fact many times in 1999 and 2000, they came close to having to close their doors. In 2000, they decided to add some expert sales people to their staff. That coupled with the development of effective drugs led them to being a profitable company. Their first approved drug, ADCetris, approved for three applications will be exclusively Seattle Genetics for at least eleven years. Because the cost of developing drugs and getting them approved is so costly, Seattle Genetics has other sources of income. They also license technologies and partner with other drug companies manufacturing their production.
Dr. Siegall believes the traits of a successful entrepreneur are available for most people to access within themselves, if they have a great work ethic. Hard work is the difference between success or failure. The old standbys I.Q., what exclusive institution you graduated from or who you know are not the key to success. It’s applying a hard work ethic to everything you do.
Dr. Clay Siegall is not only the founder and CEO of Seattle Genetics; he also holds several other positions. He is an independent director for Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that produces drugs that fight rare diseases. He also serves on the board of directors for Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. and Mirna Therapeutics, Inc., privately-held biothechnology companies.
Dr. Siegall gained his work experience from Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute from 1991-1997 and National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health from 1998-1991. He was educated at the University of Maryland where he gained his B.S. degree in Zoology and at George Washington University where he obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics.