Hi my name is Eric Larson. I have been working with Internet technologies, and audio and video for over fifteen years, and have managed and trained operations teams for nearly ten years in a large corporate environment. I am very excited to be bringing this experience to my online courses as a Udemy instructor.
After receiving a four-year college degree in Business, I spent 21 years in the corporate world. I started my career as a purchasing agent for a leading wholesale building products supplier, and learned many of the basics about business, personal responsibility, organization, working with a team, and internal and external business relationships.
Feeling the need to be more creative, I left this position and taught myself web development and design, and graphic design, which I have now been doing for over 15 years. These new skills landed me a job working for an Internet search engine as a Data Analyst. This experience in a high-tech, start-up business culture gave me a whole new perspective on business and technology. Only three years into this new career, however, I found myself unemployed after the company was bought and then subsequently shut down. I used this time of unemployment to further my skills in web design and landed a consulting job building a website for a medical lab design and manufacturing company.
This new experience, and my love for audio and video technology, landed me a full-time position with a small start-up company that specialized in Corporate Communications, and live audio and video webcasting for fortune 500 clients. A large global technology company soon acquired this growing start-up, and we quickly became part of a very large global team. In this position in Webcast Operations, my abilities to learn new technologies quickly, and to teach and train employees, became apparent. I was offered my first corporate team management position after only a year and a half with the company. Over the next nine years I managed a live Webcast Operations team, and a live video encoding center, and worked with other webcasting teams in multiple locations around the globe, including Toronto, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Manila, Australia, Germany, and London.
I have now turned my focus to my real passion for creativity, technology, design, and teaching. Since embarking on this new journey, I have authored several books, continued to build websites, furthered my skills as a student of many online courses, and have embraced the role of an online instructor and course creator. In my free time I enjoy playing drums, guitar, and bass, writing, recording, and playing music, and exploring national parks around the world with my trusty camera by my side.