Jared Gil, the CEO, and co-founder of Nuclio Digital School tells us about e-learning platforms.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Jared Gil: Despite all the bad news we are seeing during this time, I’m fine and my close friends and my family are ok. But we can not relax and we have to be really careful with all the dangers that this pandemic has and how it can affect our daily routines.
Tell us about you, your career, and how you founded Nuclio Digital School.
Jared Gil: I’ve been an entrepreneur since I had knowledge of what is a business. I started with small businesses, creating websites, doing marketing consultancy, and so on. After that, I joined a corporate about educational online programs, where I learned all the company secrets and how to build a solid brand, and what are the best strategies to create a digital School. Inside that company, I was an intrapreneur building a new international branch of a digital business school.
But when you have an entrepreneur’s heart you are always looking to have something of your own. At that moment I met Carlos Blanco, one of the most important entrepreneurs and investors of Spain.
He offered me to found a new Digital School, 100% focused on creating talent in order to cover the real gap that the industry has. We started Nuclio Digital School, the school that creates digital talent for digital transformation. No more MBA’s, no more Digital Business programs that don’t cover the real problems of the companies… Now, we are creating the workforce that helps any company that wants to thrive in this digital revolution.
How does Nuclio Digital School innovate?
Jared Gil: If you want to teach the latest technologies, you need to use the best methodologies. Our classes are Hybrid, so you can come to our school or stay at home and follow the professor and the rest of the classmates.
We are not just teaching new tools, we are teaching how to work in the startup world or in tech companies. For example, our programs have role-played as you are working for a tech company. Although knowledge has a lot of value, they are looking for attitude and people that want to get involved in the core of the company.
In our classes, you can learn with the best professionals of the sector how to use the correct tools and how to get the correct attitude to give the best performances inside your new projects.
Our best innovation secret is that we are always a step forward of the industry needs, we have a team to detect the new job positions that the industry will need and then we create educational programs in order to prepare that talent and fill the gap that the industry will find.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business and how are you coping?
Jared Gil: Covid-19 has been a really tough adversary. All the digital schools have adapted to offer the same services but using online tools. Of course, you cannot do the same classes you would do on a face-to-face method, but as we are digital and also we used the hybrid methodology before the pandemic hit, we didn’t have a big problem adapting all the programs for the pandemic.
Also, we had more requests during the last year because people see that digital jobs are more secure and stable during these last months and also give you the possibility to work around the world, so you don’t have to be in a specific place to work.
Did you have to make difficult choices and what are the lessons learned?
Jared Gil: There’s something sure, we are different, we like to risk, and sometimes we’re comfortable in the limit. During these last years we had 2 options: one, be cowards and adapt the company resources to the possible crisis that covid will give us, or be brave and bet on people that create Nuclio Digital School. For a CEO is a really difficult decision because you are always in the balance between your investors and your job mates.
So I betted on people because without them it’s impossible to beat the uncertainty of these times, and nowadays I’m 100% sure that was the correct decision we’ve been growing during this last year, not just in the workforce but also in students.
Your final thoughts?
Jared Gil: Let’s be honest. Being an entrepreneur it’s not easy, not beautiful, and also it’s not safe. If you want to have good results you need to dance with the uncertainty day by day: you will have good days where you see a clear path to follow and you will have really bad days where all you see is fog in front of your eyes. For this reason, I believe that not everyone can be an entrepreneur and create a business from scratch.
I’m a really huge fan of Alex Honnold a solo climber who has climbed the hardest routes in the world without a rope. He has a natural gift to fight against fear and focus on what he’s doing at that moment because an error could be his death.
For me being the CEO of a new educational company that wants to revolutionize digital education, sometimes make me feel that I’m climbing without the rope one of the hardest routes of the world, but having a really good team inside the project, gives me some secure points to rest and recover to face the next route.
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