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Allison Baum
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It's Not Me, It's You
The internet is abuzz with Lenny and Jennifer Lawrence’s incredibly relatable account of her wholly unrelatable problem of making several million dollars fewer than her male co-stars.  As a female partner at a Venture Capital fund in the midst of both inves...
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Teachers vs. Technology: An Ode to Mrs. Fritz
As an ed tech investor, I am often asked if I think technology can ever replace teachers.  Indeed, many wonder aloud how technology fits into the classroom while silently fearing that teachers will lose their jobs if computers and online learning platforms ...
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Impressionism of India - Part Two: Feeling Connected
In Part One of my trip through India, there was a sincere feeling of being an outsider.  I had to acknowledge and embrace that I knew nothing of the customs, none of the languages(s), nor anything of the experience that was in store for me.  It was resoundi...
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Impressionism of India - Part One: Feeling Different
I recently traveled to India for the first time and had the most fascinating, fulfilling, remarkable, and unique experiences of my entire life.  I always find it scary to write about my traveling experiences because, as a rule, I hate speaking with any semb...
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Solving Problems, Not Drawing Lines
When it comes to education, there are a lot of arbitrary lines that are drawn.  Dividing neighbourhoods to determine who can go to which public school.  The difference between 3rd grade and 4th grade.  Income levels for receiving financial aid.  GPAs.  Whil...
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No silver bullets in education... except maybe this one
Someone recently asked me about red flags for investing in early stage companies.  Particularly when it comes to education, a red flag for me is anyone promising that their product or service will “revolutionise education” or “disrupt the educational system...
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Getting Real about Gender Issues: We Are All Biased
There’s been a lot of talk recently about female founders, discrimination in the start up world, and what we can do about it.  There have been countless articles, studies, and op-eds talking about what are the challenges for “female entrepreneurs”.  Those w...
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Starting from scratch
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein In classic Hong Kong fashion, I have spent the last year living in an apartment that is cozy, convenient, and compact.  Yes, just like a shoebox.  Naturally, as I hit my...
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Keeping the lights on
I was recently asked to speak at the opening event of Baker & Bloom , an innovative education center in Hong Kong that aims to empower young people with confidence through courses like social entrepreneurship, creative writing, and many others.  It's certai...
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3 Life Lessons from a Hong Kong Summer
When I decided to move to Hong Kong, there were plenty of things about this lovely little place that had never occurred to me.  In particular, my Midwestern pea-brain did not fully comprehend that although it is part of China, Hong Kong is technically in So...
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