learn to be an entrepreneur
Max Mirho, Entrepreneurship Educator, USA
This article was first published in 2021 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 4 no 3
Max Mirho is an entrepreneurship educator who is bringing a fresh, innovative and entrepreneurial approach to learning. His focus is on action and learning by doing. Get to know more about Max in this short interview, get inspired by his enthusiasm and find out how his expertise supports personal change.
Hi Max, what do you do?
I teach entrepreneurship in live online classes. My approach is different because I demonstrate examples in real time and empower people by helping them to learn by doing.
I work in this way because I want to demystify entrepreneurship, to break down the massive misconceptions that exist around building your own company or project. I am really passionate about helping people to quickly develop their startup ideas into minimum viable products or fully-functioning prototypes. Everything I build is no-code and built with inexpensive or free online tools to make everything as accessible to as diverse a range of people as possible and to many different audiences.
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When did you first realise you were interested in entrepreneurship?
At High School I was really interested in parkour. With the help of my Dad, who is an entrepreneur himself, I took over an empty gym and started to organise parkour classes. I saw this as a social activity, but then I realised it was a business and suddenly I was starting to develop an interest in entrepreneurship. I then went on to study for my bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies at Carnegie Mellon.
What was the best thing about your degree?
I loved Pittsburgh and my time at Carnegie Mellon. I was studying business but I felt I really needed to find out more about entrepreneurship. So I started to reach out to alumni who were entrepreneurs. I met up with them and picked their brains. After a while I had done 70 interviews and learned some great lessons about entrepreneurship. You can find out great stuff by talking to people and you can take responsibility for your own learning. I still learn this way. I talk to people, I find information online, I watch a YouTube video - it’s amazing what you can teach yourself - it’s all totally do-able!
Tell me more about EntrepreNerd
It’s a live show which is dedicated to teaching through example. I build a business from scratch in front of people and show that you don’t need to be able to code, you just need to know about the wide range of no-code tools that are available. All the videos of the live streams have been uploaded to YouTube and can be accessed on the EntrepreNerd blog:
You also provide support to other educators?
I've had the opportunity to speak at over 40 universities and colleges. For example, I helped to develop course curriculum at Fort Hays State University and I am a Hacker In Residence at the Swartz Centre for Entrepreneurship.
How can people connect with you?
Anyone can watch my content and get involved via EntrepreNerd, YouTube, TikTok and Twitch. Educators can get in touch with me on LinkedIn. ◼️