In this episode of MEP, we have Vincent Forese, the President and CEO of Link Systems International. The company provides online tutoring, content development and other services in education technology. Here he talks about the company’s software products, the academic research and product development that the company has been doing, and also the failures he experienced as a business owner.
Vincent Forese is President and Chief Executive Officer of Link Systems International. He is involved in all facets of the company, including sales/marketing, product development, and operations/finance. A graduate of Bentley University with a B.S. in Accountancy, Mr. Forese has served in an executive capacity in several other start-ups. Previously, Mr. Forese worked as Vice President of Business Development for Sofsource, Inc. He joined LSI in September 1998 and was elected Chief Executive Officer in February 1999.
He currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and four children.
(01:51) Vincent’s background
(03:52) Why don’t you talk about the genesis of Link Systems International and the problem that the company has been trying to solve.
(06:55) One of the things I’m always interested in is the rigorous academic research especially in the 3 products that Link Systems has – NetTutor, MyAcademicWorkshop, WhiteBoard. How important are these products to the learning experience of students?
(12:45) You spoke earlier on what makes Link Systems unique in the marketplace. Are there other things you want to add on that makes Link Systems further unique from competitors in the space?
(16:36) I want to talk about the industry as it is right now. It’s in such a state of transition right now. What do you think will be the important innovation over the next 5 – 10 years?
(24:30) Can you let the audience in on a failure that you experienced and how you’ve been able to grow from it?
(27:12) Vincent: The investment that you put into your people, you get that back a thousand fold.
(28:05) What is the book that’s most influenced you and why?
(30:42) Do you watch documentaries? And if so, do you have a favorite?
(32:45) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?
grandparents’ grandparents who first came to America