Christopher Nielsen
This is the first in a series of profiles of the teachers, writers, coders and others who make up the Business Innovation Center team:

Christopher Nielsen, Dir. of Business Innovation Center

AGE: 54
EXPERTISE: Multimedia, tv production, music production, Web Development
EDUCATION: University of Minnesota
Q: How is it that you got involved in this field?
A: My original passion was in the music business and I found that as an opportunity to promote my music and broaden my network with the Minnesota music community. Now, I’m just trying to pull from my 50 years of experience in the entertainment industry to inspire kids about entrepreneurship.
Q: What are some of your favorite moments as a teacher?
A: All the things that I am doing now? Teaching kids about open source technologies and the like… Those are basic skills that are basic things you need to know. The other piece of the puzzle is that as you are teaching you are learning.
Q: How so?
A: As you get older, you tend to get opinionated in how you think about things and the youthful perspective helps you turn that around sometimes and that is a fascinating place to be in. I don’t like it when people get to still because you get to comfortable… Comfort and growth are not compatible.
Q: Is there anyone in your field you look to for inspiration?
A: In the technology space, someone that inspires me most now is Ray Kurzweil. He was a pioneer in music and is now one of the leading researchers in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: What Dreams May Come
Q: Favorite book?
A: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil
Q: Any particularly prominent goals in your life?
A: I look at the BIC as a movement, as a seed within the community. I hope to see it grow and see other people inspired by those that it attracts. I would love to see it grow into a sustainable community beyond this space.