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STANCE // Ryan Carson

Ryan Carson is a leader and champion of self-directed learning. He inspires others to take the helm of their education online through his platform, Treehouse, which has made it possible for over 140,000 people to go from zero experience to job-ready in a matter of months. Join us as we chat with a man who is tackling one of the world's largest issues in his ultimate pursuit of equal opportunity.

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STANCE // Ryan Carson

  1. 1. Visionary. Impactful. Leader. B I G F I S H P R E S E N T A T I O N S . C O M Interview Series Tackling Hard issues with Ryan Carson
  2. 2. Ryan Carson is the CEO & Founder of Treehouse, a 140,000 student, online technology school that takes people from zero experience to job-ready in as little as six months. He is driven not only to succeed, but to help everyone around him succeed as well. With his tremendously effective work/life balance, Ryan steers the company ship and still makes family time a high priority. He is a leader and a champion of self-directed learning, inspiring others to take the helm of their own education. I’m lucky to be alive in the right time… My work Is the mission of my life. All of my needs in life have been met, so now I strive to solve bigger problems.
  3. 3. The world’s greatest presenters and where they stand, on and off the stage. (noun) /stans/ the attitude of a person or organization toward something; a standpoint.
  4. 4. Question: Is there something that drives you that others would be surprised to hear?
  5. 5. There’s a company that tried to buy Treehouse. We talked to them and decided it wasn’t the right strategic decision at the time, so I told the CEO we would be passing on the deal. He then flipped the switch and said “We’re gonna crush you.” I wished him the best but interesting enough, that’s when i started waking up at 4:30. It drove me and made me want to prove him wrong. It was very primitive competition, but it pushed me forward. Answer: I think the one thing i don’t like admitting is Fear of failure. Fear of not doing something that's big.
  6. 6. Lorem ipsum What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken and did it pay off? What did you learn from it? Question:
  7. 7. Answer: “My Biggest risk was saying no to the acquisition.” I would have been rich forever, and the company would have been taken care of. In turn, I learned how to sell. I didn’t think I could sell things, but by saying no, I had to figure it out. I learned that I actually love sales because I genuinely love people, and I’m selling something I believe in.
  8. 8. Question: At Treehouse, you’re answering one of the toughest questions on our education systems. What was your process in choosing to solve this problem?
  9. 9. I don't think I’m going to change the world’s mind on the power of a college degree, but i im going to keep trying. In the meantime, we can create talent by funding education. I got my computer science degree and then got my first job. After doing so, I realized I didn’t even need the degree. We need trades people, and I don’t like the narrative of trade jobs being lesser. Trade jobs are necessary in this world. The employer should be the one who funds the education when they need the talent. Consumers shouldn’t have to be the buyers of education. Answer:
  10. 10. Question: What’s a belief that others would challenge you on?
  11. 11. When Thomas Jefferson said all men are created equal, he did not mean black men, native americans, and women. This country is founded on slavery. Us white folks, especially white men haven’t had to accept that. It’s kind of like the matrix. Now that I know the matrix exists; it’s like I took the red pill, and I can see what’s really going on in the world, and I can’t sit still because of that. It makes me insanely passionate about creating a new path because I know otherwise there is not going to be a path. Answer: Equality.
  12. 12. How do you think others describe you? Question:
  13. 13. passionate. I’m tremendously optimistic yet aggressive when figuring things out and executing. It’s almost like a destructive kind of creativity. I have a very “Let’s just go.” attitude. It’s kind of a powerfully positive yet creatively destructive approach. Answer:
  14. 14. Activity: Three Lines: 1. Summarize your personal career. 2. summarize your personal life. 3. ComBine The two to summarize your life as a whole.
  15. 15. Professional career - “It’s all about helping people. I’m not a profit driven entrepreneur at all. It’s all about solving a problem and I’m passionate about solving that problem.” Personal life - “I don’t have a separation of my personal life and my work. It’s all the same.” Combination - “I’m lucky to be alive in the right time… My work is the mission of my life. All of my needs in life have been met, so now I can strive to solve bigger problems.” Answer:
  16. 16. Question: Everyone Stands for something; What do you stand for?
  17. 17. social justice. People need equity, and The world isn’t working right. Since I’m so lucky, it's my duty to help people that were not lucky. Answer:
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  19. 19. B I G F I S H P R E S E N T A T I O N S . C O M