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September 11, 2015

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The End Is Not Nigh

The driver of real American exceptionalism is the open, experimental, experiential, non-judgmental, data-driven approach that academic and entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun appreciates so much about Silicon Valley culture. Thrun, who was a tenured robotics and artificial intelligence professor at Stanford, as well as a Google Fellow, is now putting his efforts towards revolutionizing higher education. While pundits suggest various top-down fixes for America’s troubled and fractured educational system, visionaries such as Thrun are actually creating effective solutions without waiting for that top-down policy intervention. Thrun is tremendously optimistic about future improvements in America’s quality of life — and so are we. His example encourages us to continue to be optimistic as we search out the transformative, emerging technologies that will drive the success of the next generation of great growth companies.

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