We believe that with the recent explosion of the EdTech world, we can get lost in a sea of information. There are free online resources that have not existed 10 years ago, and with proper guidance, everyone can have access to premier resources for education and career advancement.
With the availability of online resources such as edX and Coursera, our goal is to provide access to high quality free resources without advertisements or intrusive data collection.
For the best basic intro to college level topics, we recommend: https://www.khanacademy.org/
For low-cost Python coding instruction (frequently on sale for under $30), we recommend: 100 Days of Code: The Complete Python Pro Bootcamp for 2022 | Udemy
For free coding tutorials we recommend: https://www.freecodecamp.org/
Inspiration on Power of Mentoring: TEDx Dr John Hall, Am I Still Autistic
By whittling down the sea of information from tens of thousands of courses to the courses most likely to be useful for a typical undergraduate education, we hope to be able to provide a taste of the experience of students at elite schools like MIT, Yale, UC Irvine and Oxford, while also providing resources most helpful to students looking for assistance with the core university curriculum.
Mr. Kostiner is serving as the Chief Executive and Chairman of Sagaliam Acquisition Corp and Chief Financial Officer of Sunfire Acquisition Corp. Additionally, Mr. Kostiner has served as the President of Legacy Tech Partners, LLC (LTP), a microcap-focused EdTech investment vehicle, since February 2021, and has also been a Manager of Capital Markets at Legacy Education Alliance, Inc. (OTC: LEAI) since March 2021. Mr. Kostiner joined the Board of Directors of LEAI in May 2021. LEAI has had cumulative education revenues in excess of $500 million over the past decade, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Kostiner was the CFO of Ameri Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRH) from October 2018 through December 2020. The operations of AMRH, including its global IT services business focused on SAP with operations in both the US and India, was acquired by management, with the residual Nasdaq vehicle acquired by Enveric Biosciences (Nasdaq: ENVB), an evidence-based cannabinoid pharma company focused on palliative therapies for cancer patients. Mr. Kostiner has been a consultant to ENVB since January 2021. From May 2016 through October 2018, Mr. Kostiner was a consultant to Cypress Skilled Nursing, a healthcare facility operator and from May 2017 through October 2018 he was a consultant to LinKay Technologies Inc., an artificial intelligence incubator with a portfolio of intellectual property focused on AI and LiDAR / geospatial technology, with research staff in India and New York. Mr. Kostiner’s 20-year career in energy includes eight years at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch and their affiliates, with a focus on energy trading and portfolio management, as well as serving as the CEO of an oil & gas SPAC (Nasdaq: PGRI) from 2005 through 2009.
Mr. Kostiner earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in history, and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from MIT. His thesis on the mathematics of electric industry deregulation was sponsored by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Learning vs. Media Consumption:
MIT Open Courseware (https://ocw.mit.edu/) has over 2,000 courses. This reminds me of one of my favorite sayings: “What is better than owning 10 businesses? 1 really successful business!” Although it is important to have diversity – I am a believer that everyone should have a solid foundation in both STEM and the humanities – an undergraduate student takes 40 courses, not 2,000 or even 100.
Beyond education and career guidance, we all need life guidance as well.
The below link on media consumption is astounding. Everyone has 2 hours a day to devote to expanding their mind. Imagine devoting 2 hours each day over the next 2 years to investment in education: each day commit to spending one hour on video lectures and one hour of textbook review, assignments, and/or programming. An in-depth course at MIT is typically 30 hours of lectures. Within 2 years one could achieve mastery of the core curriculum as well as several upper level courses, great preparation for a masters degree and a career.
The below link to Nielsen’s survey of media consumption is very important to internalize.
The average American spends 6 hours a day on electronic media!
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