Robert Compton, one of America’s most succesful businessmen, talks to Fool’s Mountain
|More Americans are becoming aware of Bob Compton (standing next to U.S. President Obama in the picture to the left) for his efforts in changing America’s education system.Compton is one of the most successful businessmen in America.He has created numerous companies, lead companies with sales of a million dollars to hundreds of millions, and served as President of NYSE-listed companies. He is an active venture capitalist as well as an angel investor. Compton traveled the world extensively. He is also keenly interested in what is happening outside the USA. His funded companies hire engineers in China and India.|
“Two Million Minutes” explores how two high school students from each of U.S., China, and India spend their high school years. The film claims that the U.S. K-12 education system is fundamentally flawed, and that Indian and Chinese students are much better prepared for the future.
“Win in China” documents a business competition ran on China’s CCTV-3 in 2006, and the film claims that China is a hotbed of innovation, creativity, and ambition that will soon rival that of the United States.
Fool’s Mountain’s editors, Steve and DeWang (aka huaren), had a chance to talk with Compton about these two films. In this Bob Compton series of articles, we hear directly from Compton. We also would like you to join us on this debate as framed by the two films:
- Is the K-12 education system in the USA fundamentally broken and that the 21st century American work force will not be able to compete against India and China?
- Is China a hotbed of innovation, creativity, and ambition that will soon rival that of the United States?
In this first installment, we asked Compton to tell FM readers what his background was so we can better understand the experiences he is drawing from:
He then takes us through the discoveries in India and China which then prompted him to produce “Two Million Minutes.”
Subsequently, he made the documentary film, “Win in China.”
Stay tuned for the second installments where we get to hear Compton tell Fool’s Mountain why the U.S. K-12 education system is flawed and that Americans will therefore be unprepared to compete against Indian and Chinese future workers. The third installment will explore Compton’s “Win in China” documentary film where he speaks to us about China becoming a hotbed of innovation, creativity, and ambition that will soon rival that of the United States.
As usual, we invite your participation in this debate. What do you agree with him on? Where do you disagree? Why?
“Win in China”
“Two Million Minutes”
[Edit 9/12/2009: Added official Two Million Minutes trailier]
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