After three years of hard work at Hupan University, Tron’s  (TRX) Justin Sun can now be considered as a graduate of the institution that has Jack Ma as its Principal.  As a matter of fact, the University was established and launched by Jack Ma who is also the founder and executive chairmen of Alibaba. The school is aimed at grooming entrepreneurs for the ever changing global business world. He co-founded the school with 8 other ‘heavy weight’ entrepreneurs and distinguished scholars.

Jack Ma, who also teaches there, had envisioned an institution where their experience and knowledge would be passed down to the next generation of CEOs. Hupan University follows commercial business principles while having set key values to perfect society and ensuring non-profit and public welfare. The admission process is rigorous and each year, less than 50 entrepreneurs from different industries are accepted from over a thousand highly qualified applicants.

It is with premise that one can see the significance of Justin Sun’s achievement at the University. On the afternoon of March 26th, Sun submitted a graduation thesis titled “the Birth of a Decentralized Internet’. The thesis provided a detailed look into his thoughts through his experience in the blockchain industry and how it will evolve with time. He also presented a thesis defense titled ‘Reflections and Thoughts on a Four-Year Journey as an Entrepreneur’ which gave his in-depth analysis of his experience since deciding to be an entrepreneur in 2014 and tackling the Tron Project head on.

Sun also updated his mentor, Jack Ma, about the progress of the Tron project. He also let him in on future developments and expressed his gratitude to the Alibaba chairman as well as the school’s board for their continual support and encouragement through the years at Hupan. Sun has officially become the school’s first millennial graduate.

When an employee is looking to advance in his career, his work may have some sort of strict hierarchy for his role and future titles – but there is a good chance employee want to try something new without leaving their company.

Instead of going from a simple agent to an agent manager, or an existing promotional line, a sufficiently large company probably has plenty of other opportunities at it. Within many divisions – each with a directly comparable skill, or one that might need some light additions. It is there that Degreed intervenes, an online service to identify these shortcomings, retrieve them and follow them. Instead of confining employees in a single trajectory, Degreed hopes to give employers tools to help employees further improve their skills and, ultimately, become much more valuable to the employer. Degreed announced today that it has raised $ 42 million through a venture capital venture co-led by Owl Ventures and Jump Capital, with the participation of Founders Circle Capital and Investors. existing.

The service launches inside an organization, identifies content that offers an opportunity to work on skills like project management (often done by the company itself) and then show employees how to start working on these skills. And these skills gaps between roles can actually be much lower than what employees think, and it’s just about identifying what they need to work on to grow within their organization. After that, he identifies the best ways to acquire those skills, which can take the form of content or other possibilities, and helps employees determine up to how far they are advanced.

“The real challenge is that regardless of the size or sophistication of a content source, whether it’s about higher education or formal training, that’s Is becoming cheaper, “said Chris McCarthy, CEO of the company. I said. “If you know where to look, you can build any skill, and as content proliferates – for businesses and individuals – all of these platforms are learning islands – they do a good job. in order to live this experience, nothing has ever slipped between these learning islands. “

degreed gets 42m to help build a tool to help employees learn the right skills - Degreed gets $ 42M to help build a tool to help employees learn the right skills

degreed gets 42m to help build a tool to help employees learn the right skills - Degreed gets $ 42M to help build a tool to help employees learn the right skills

McCarthy said that while employers help their employees acquire new skills, which could even help them find jobs elsewhere, they have no problem recruiting potential clients. Ultimately, employers will see more value by helping these employees grow and acquire new skills, and this could provide its own feedback loop where employees feel that they are getting the most out of their business and want stay.

Of course, one of the big challenges for Degreed is not just to identify content that can serve as a barometer for learning a new skill, but also to measure its quality. For example, an online MIT course on linear algebra – just a series of videos and sets of problems – could potentially prove superior to the other online course next to that. this on a well known online course.

Although Degreed initially served as a focal point or aggregation point for educational content – or at least, that’s what people thought, McCarthy said – all this information allowed him to create a robust data set that it can be used to go from the front to help employees determine what skills they need to learn, or even skills that they did not know that they wanted to learn. When an employee arrives for the first time, the hope is that Degreed will have enough information about what’s in the company and what the employee is interested in to immediately evaluate what he wants to learn.

This, in the end, provides a neat feedback loop. A tool like Degreed is accustomed to what employees want to learn, and begins to pinpoint gaps in skills within a company that needs to be fulfilled. If everything goes as planned, then the notion of hierarchy in a company may no longer exist – and employees, who hope to find the skills they are looking for, are the ones who chart the path to real progress at the company. 39, inside a company trying to achieve its goals.

“Without commitment, just have insufficient data,” McCarthy said. “The data you need comes only from engagement on a platform.You can have all the best models and content, but if people do not use the product, you can not reduce the They make these decisions by looking at the data, and they might see the tip of the iceberg on the surface of the water.But now, companies can sit down and say, ‘Here is this glacier of learning under water. “It’s a combination of putting a place in the individual where a person can touch and see it and see a real way.”

The employee learning space arouses a lot of interest, all the more so as it makes sense that larger companies looking for more and more niche talent like machine learning are looking to find the best people – even in their own business. Grovo, for example, raised $ 40 million two years ago. But like any platform that seeks to win, it will be a race to get the best (and most) data to convince employers that they can quickly and effectively identify the best people to learn a skill, what McCarthy hopes. has with a million licensed users.

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                      Hupan University’s First Graduating Class and school board members Source: Tron foundation

We, at Ethereum World News and all the Tron believers, wish to congratulate Justin Sun on his achievement. We also wish the First Graduating Class all the best in the future.

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