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Jerry Qu.


Jerry is passionate about using artificial intelligence to advance areas including scientific research, self-driving cars, and the educations system. He has been awarded the CES Top Young Innovator's to Watch award and has interned at Microsoft.

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One small change you make now can have an enormous effect for your future."
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My Story


I always had the drive to achieve more. From coding websites when I was 13, to doing app development when I was 16, I knew I could do more than what school offered. TKS opened my eyes to what was possible. After joining, I went deep in the area of artificial intelligence, something I never knew a 17 year old could learn about! Since then, I’ve worked at Microsoft, I’ve built projects applying AI to education and blindness, I’ve spoken at conferences around the world in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Toronto, and I was recently named Top Young Innovator to Watch by CES.
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We live in a world with the internet, where education has become democratized, and a 16 year old has all the resources and knowledge that a PhD does."
Jerry Qu

How has TKS impacted me?


TKS opened my eyes to what was possible. Previously, I was a 16 year old, thinking ‘16 year old things’ (aka school). But we live in a world with the internet, where education has become democratized, and a 16 year old has all the resources and knowledge that a PhD does. The only difference is mentality. Belief is half the journey, and TKS allowed me to believe.

How is TKS different from other programs?


TKS changes your mindset, your mentality, and your mental models so that you can become your optimal self. You learn more about the world, more about yourself, and you develop the skills to impact and create change. TKS is a community where everyone is constantly pushing the bar, and the sky’s the limit.

Advice I would have given to myself before I joined TKS:


Admit humility. How much do you really know about the world? Do you know what success means to you? Do you know how employers hire? Do you know how the world functions? I made a bunch of assumptions which went something like this: Good marks > Good university > Study hard > Good job > Happiness. I’m in high school, and I’ve worked for Microsoft. TKS showed me another path.
A contrarian isn’t one who always objects — that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.
Naval Ravikant
My favorite quote
Admit humility. How much do you really know about the world? Do you know what success means to you? Do you know how employers hire? Do you know how the world functions?"
Jerry Qu

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