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“How can I maximize value?” is a common question for economists. For Niko Skievaski (GRS’10), it’s a question he’s applied to his career as a whole. “It’s one big constrained optimization problem,” he says. “I’m trying to maximize the amount of value that I’m delivering, and the constraint is time.”
Niko says that’s why he has already held at least 4 jobs—“bouncing between different projects to bring the most value”—since earning a Master of Economics degree at Boston University.
He began at the leading electronic medical record company Epic, where he automated his pricing analyst job in his first month and went on to lead other internal innovation projects, while lecturing on health care economics to Epic’s 7,000+ employees.
After 3 years, he decided he could bring more value elsewhere. Since then, Niko has co-founded 100state, a networking and incubating nonprofit in Madison, Wisconsin, and 100health, a similar organization focusing on health care and health technology. He’s also a co-founder of Vote (Mostly) Online, an absentee voting service; Breadcrumbs, a searchable knowledge management platform (now used by Epic); Redox, an advanced programming interface to facilitate electronic health record sharing; and—maximizing value even more—he finds time to teach economics at Madison College.
Niko says BU was also a value judgment: he didn’t feel he had time for a PhD, and BU is one of only a handful of schools with an economics MA. Above all, BU offered “the tools necessary to actually apply your economics,” he says. “Although I’m not an analyst crunching numbers, I still use these principles on a day-to-day basis,” including the analytics programming Niko has clearly put to good use.
His network from BU has also proved vital. “I still go back to those connections” for support, guidance, and collaboration, Niko says. That includes newer alumni of the program, as well as current students. Niko welcomes them to find him on LinkedIn and see if he can provide connections. Between co-founding two networking organizations, and a whole lot of bouncing, he’s nothing if not connected.