The son of Iranian immigrants, Arman Hezarkhani he spent his senior year of high school thinking about a three-part thesis about what he wanted to do for his career. First, she said that education is the most influential way to make an impact on an individual, a community, and the world. Second, she believes technology is the most scalable way to spread that impact. Third and last, he believes that strong business incentives and for-profit companies specifically are the most sustainable way to make impact last, not government or non-profit organizations.
Hezarkhani’s early energy took him to Carnegie Mellon, where he studied electrical and computer engineering, and to Google, where he spent time in developer programs and Google for Education. However, when it came time to join Google full-time, he turned down the offer to create an edtech startup, one that would help young professionals like him create daily, ongoing structured learning, but without feeling like an edtech startup. homework. After all, not every high school student writes a three-part thesis, and even those who do need a way to consistently execute it.
“Anyone who tells you that people want to learn is largely wrong,” he said. “[Founders] we want to believe in the best of humanity and that people are going to spend time wanting to learn something, but we always come back to the problem of the vitamin versus the painkiller.” A large area where this exists prominently is in finance, he argues, leaving consumers in a place where they need a financial platform to help them when they’re in a rush (overspending) rather than when they’re feeling greedy (after their bankruptcy resolution). New Year). ).