[Staff Post] The founder/CEO of Brilliant.org gives a TEDx talk about our company and all of you (video)

Main post link -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnQCYZ8Oz8Q&feature=em-sharevideouser

Hi all,

We thought everybody on here might be interested in this presentation given by the mighty Sue Khim earlier this month. Sue explains some of the aspirations of Brilliant.org that may not necessarily be immediately obvious from the current experience of our website.

Right now, Brilliant is mostly concerned with offering a free and challenging intellectual environment in math and physics to the large numbers of people on earth who crave one. Eventually Brilliant would like to evolve to be a place where critical thinkers like most of you, can be found for educational, employment, or other opportunities external to this website. In this video Sue makes the case for why the world needs Brilliant to evolve to that next step.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this thread. In case you haven't seen our about page yet, feel free to look at all of our beaming faces here.

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Really AWESOME!! Ma'am Kim has hit the nail on the right spot!

Piyal De - 6 years, 4 months ago

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Amazing TEDx Talk! Really enjoyed it...it concurs with this quote of Jamshetji Tata, one of India's leaders and the pioneer of the Industrial Revolution.

What advances a nation or a community is not so much to prop up its weakest and most helpless members, but to lift up the best and the most gifted, so as to make them of the greatest service to the country.

Rohan Rao - 6 years, 4 months ago

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This was a really great Ted talk. Just out of curiosity, why is there only one Math Challenge Master? I know Calvin is under a lot of stress to create new and different problems for the community, but surely it would be better to either have two challenge masters. Also, I see you have a director of user growth. Can you elaborate as to what their job entails? I am really interested. Keep up the good work guys!

Alexander Sludds - 6 years, 4 months ago

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The (math) content that you see is not solely generated by me. I coordinate the efforts of several, to produce the hundred problems that are used each week. As you have seen, we have featured problems that have been proposed by various students. In that sense, we have thousands of 'problem masters', each contributing a small part towards your weekly entertainment.

Calvin Lin Staff - 6 years, 4 months ago

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Hi Alex,

I'm Dan, the user growth guy. My responsibilities are all about one thing: making sure the Brilliant community grows. This means figuring out where to find people who are interested in Brilliant, and how to get them to show up here (the "top of the funnel"), how to get them to sign up and reach their first moment of interaction with the product as smoothly as possible so they can know if it's a good product for them (reaching the "a-ha moment"), and what will make them come back week over week (retention).

In that capacity, I bury myself in data as much as possible, read the feedback here in Discussions as well as elsewhere, and research strategies that other companies are using. It means having very strong opinions about what to build next and why, as well as what's working and what's not.

That's a pretty non-details version of what I do. I'll leave it to Calvin or someone else to answer the question about Challenge Masters.

Daniel Hirschberg - 6 years, 4 months ago

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Hi Sir Daniel! This may not be the proper place for asking the question, but I'm having a prob. Last week I've got all the No.Theory and Alg prob correct and only 1 problem remained unsolved in the Geo and Combi section, others were solved by me. This week in the problem section under No. Th and Alg it's showing L3, bt in my public profile it's showing L4. Regarding the combi and geo section, i'm still in L3 and it's showing L3 in my public profile. So can you exactly tell me how one levels up? Does one have to do all the probs of that section and get it correct or atmost how many may remain unattempted?

Piyal De - 6 years, 4 months ago

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Jia Zheng Chai - 6 years, 4 months ago

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really a good speech to all world Country Leaders...and Educational Officers.....

Once Imagine Users if the world countries use Sue Khim way of spreading Knowledge in maths and physics... then by 2033.. the world will have EXCELLENT technology + some humans live in Other Planets ..and many many Wonders + 10 years kid of 2033 will be able to solve the toughest Questions of Higher HIGHER studies ....

Vamsi Krishna Appili - 6 years, 4 months ago

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Brilliant for life!!!

Harsa Mitra - 6 years, 4 months ago

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Yes, it is really amazing, Good job Brilliant, you are spreads us the knowledge..

Andrias Meisyal - 6 years, 4 months ago

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