18 episodes

Ideas, wisdom, and stories from leading visionaries across all industries to help you navigate through life.

The Visionnaires MingXi Gu

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Ideas, wisdom, and stories from leading visionaries across all industries to help you navigate through life.

    How To Get Into Harvard: David Cao's Journey

    How To Get Into Harvard: David Cao's Journey

    What kind of students does Harvard admit?

    David Cao is a bioengineering and computer science student at Harvard, freelance content producer, and Co-Creator of Babbl. Being one of the first to be admitted in his class as part of the early applicants, David tells everything he did from extracurriculars and academics, the mindset of a successful applicant, and the real experience once he got to Harvard.

    Timestamps
    2:00 - Overview
    2:28 - Life Plan During High School
    8:41 - Importance of Your Entourage/What You Can Control
    11:26 - Extracurriculars During High School/CEGEP
    18:31 - Program & Courses In High School/CEGEP
    21:46 - Time Management & Balance
    23:34 - R Score/Cote R (39)
    24:13 - GPA (4.0)
    24:58 - Importance of Grades & Effectiveness
    27:40 - SATs Preparation
    30:48 - SATs Score (1570/1600)
    32:24 - SATs Prep Resources
    33:42 - Early Application
    35:26 - Recommendation Letters
    35:55 - Viral Admission Video
    37:14 - Admission Email
    39:18 - Arriving On Campus & Loss of Identity
    42:09 - Concentration (Bioengineering & CS)
    44:47 - Workload & Life Sciences Course
    47:51 - Extracurriculars at Harvard
    51:05 - Misconceptions of Harvard
    53:05 - Types of Students
    54:46 - Reason for Choosing Harvard
    57:29 - Finishing Freshman Year & CEGEP Advantage

    From #10 - David Cao: Leaving Harvard for 2-Month Road Trip While Building a Social Media App

    Check out our website!

    • 59 min
    How Law & Medical Students Are Wasting Their Talent

    How Law & Medical Students Are Wasting Their Talent

    Too many smart students go into non-scalable, repetitive jobs notably in law and medicine, obviously with the right reasons. However, David and MingXi raise the importance of entrepreneurship, research,  engineering, and innovation that could solve hard problems in the long-run.

    From #10 - David Cao: Leaving Harvard for 2-Month Road Trip While Building a Social Media App

    Check out our website!

    • 7 min
    The Next Big Thing in Social Media: Audio-Based Platforms

    The Next Big Thing in Social Media: Audio-Based Platforms

    Harvard student David Cao talks about the potential of a "voice-first social media platform" similar to Twitter and Instagram, but where voice messages and other audio-based content like music and podcasts will be the centrepiece. Babbl, a "voice-to-voice social platform" David and fellow McGill students are building,  is currently in beta testing, available for download on the App Store and the Play Store.

    Try Babbl

    From #10 - David Cao: Leaving Harvard for 2-Month Road Trip While Building a Social Media App

    Check out our website!

    • 8 min
    Why This Harvard Student Left College to Go On a Road Trip

    Why This Harvard Student Left College to Go On a Road Trip

    David Cao disenrolled from his Sophomore year at Harvard to go on a road trip around Canada paid for by the government of Canada.

    From #10 - David Cao: Leaving Harvard for 2-Month Road Trip While Building a Social Media App

    Check out our website!

    • 12 min
    #10 - David Cao: Leaving Harvard for 2-Month Road Trip While Building a Social Media App

    #10 - David Cao: Leaving Harvard for 2-Month Road Trip While Building a Social Media App

    David Cao is a bioengineering and computer science student at Harvard, freelance content producer, and Co-Creator of Babbl. David recently took a gap year to travel Canada on a 2-month-long road trip financed by the government of Canada. He is also building a "voice-first" social media platform called Babbl that puts audio at the centre.

    What you'll learn in this episode:
    Advice and tips on how to successfully get admitted into top universities like HarvardWhat Harvard is really like as a freshman and what people usually misunderstandTypical mistakes people make when looking to get in a world-leading institutionHow David convinced a government agency to pay him to travel around Canada while doing creative work in photography and videographyHow audio-based platforms could become the next big thing in social media Chapter 1: Harvard Admission and The Harvard Experience (4:37)
    Chapter 2: Gap Year and the Roadtrip (1:36:07)
    Chapter 3: Babbl (2:10:49)
    Download Babbl
    David's Instagram
    David's YouTube

    Follow The Visionnaires on Instagram!

    See the highlights on YouTube!

    Check out our website!

    • 2 hrs 33 min
    The Million Dollar Bet of GoLoot on Mobile Advertising

    The Million Dollar Bet of GoLoot on Mobile Advertising

    Invasive and aggressive mobile advertising is reaching a plateau of effectiveness. So what's the solution? More ads or better ads? Or an entirely new approach? GoLoot's founder and CEO explains the necessary innovation for the future of mobile advertising.

    From #9 - Lucas Béland: Founding a $2.5 Million Startup as a 19-Year-Old Dropout

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings