Founder Feature: David Rogier, CEO of MasterClass

In the Fall of 2014, my friend and Stanford GSB classmate David Rogier and I were catching up over dinner, when he told me about his new venture, MasterClass — an online education site that would serve video classes from the world’s greatest minds and practitioners across as many fields as possible. I’ll be honest that my first response was a bit skeptical as I told him the idea was great but a bit obvious and I’m sure others have tried to pull this off before. I also said that it would be too difficult to get the instructors to sign up, especially at first. At that point, David looked at me with an unassuming, yet delightful grin…showed me a piece of paper with top tier instructor names typed out and said… “Alex I don’t think you understand, I already got all of these people on this list to commit.” I was stunned and dumbfounded. There was no website, no prior classes, no MasterClass or Founder name recognition. How was he able to do this?? But the answer was literally right in front of me. David is the ideal person to bring an idea like MasterClass to life

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