Minter Dialogue with Dennis Berkhof and Marco van der WerfDennis Berkhof and Marco Van Der WerfDennis Berkhof


and Marco van der Werf are the co-founders of BIT Students Foundation, based in Amsterdam, a not-for-profit way for students to learn to code for free. The Bit Students “campus” is located inside the very original Student Hotel. On the heels of their successful venture, Dennis and Marco are now looking to start the equivalent of Ecole 42 (the famous coding school started by Xavier Niel in Paris) in Amsterdam in collaboration with Corinne Vigreux, the founder of TomTom. In this conversation, we look at their adventures, how education should improve, the world of new tech through the eyes of two aspiring geeky 26-year-olds, as well as how businesses could be better collaborating with startups.

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Music credit: The jingle at the beginning of the show is courtesy of my friend, Pierre Journel, author of the Guitar Channel. And, the new sign off music is “Finger Paint,” written and performed by Josh Saxe, produced by Chase Geiser. Here’s a link on iTunes. I invite you to take a spin on Pierre’s podcast or listen to more of Josh’s music!

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