Co-Founder and CTO at Course Forward
Education Management | San Francisco Bay Area, US
I am passionate about technology and its applications for Continuing Education. I combine domain expertise in international higher education with software engineering skills. Here's my story:
I did my grad work in China through an American university, and went through an intensive Mandarin program. I was the only non-East Asian. It was awesome. During my four years in China, I taught and served as an interpreter for various language training operations. I also recruited students for Oklahoma City University.
My passion for higher education led me to become Center Director for ELS Language Centers in Oklahoma City, then Shanghai, then Santa Barbara. By applying principles best described as "Servant Leadership" - and working like crazy - I was able to successfully expand the programs and student populations at all three schools. It was a blast, but I was becoming increasingly transfixed by web apps and mobile apps, and what they could do for continuing education.
I co-founded FactCheck.me, a natural language processing quiz generation start-up, which failed. Then I worked as a software engineer at RingRevenue, a SaaS call-marketing platform. There, I became an enthusiastic Rubyist. I am now a core committer at Course Forward. I also participate in a lot of events, and have won or placed in several hackathons and start-up competitions throughout California.
Fun fact: you'll usually see me around San Francisco in running clothes. I try to run at least 12k a day, and the easiest way to do this is commuting. If you're in SF and have time, I'm always up for a run.
I'm @MQLarson on Twitter