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Try getting your school principal behind a Snapchat filter.

A few days ago, I was demoing the room2learn product to the principal of an award-winning architecture firm — let’s call him Gerry. When I finished, Gerry the baby boomer scratched his head and responded, “So… you’re making this thing up as you go, and then plan to make a living off of it?”

I guess that’s one way to interpret Eric Ries. I nodded. “We saw a gap in the market and decided to do something about it.”

While in design school, I met a teacher at a hackathon and decided to tackle the problem of poorly designed learning spaces in public schools. We built a team and spent two years riding an iterative roller coaster, testing and failing time and again to arrive at where we’re at today: building the world’s first visual feedback tool for hundreds of people to help design a learning space. …


A young entrepreneur’s journey to transform learning spaces everywhere.

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Over two years, my co-founder Grace and I got to visit over 100 schools around the country. That includes High Tech High, where we met some of the best student tour guides!

December of 1996, Vancouver was hit with the “Snow Storm of the Century.” Local dignitaries called for a state of emergency. Cold and confused, a wide-eyed four-year-old clung to her young mother’s coat as they stepped off the plane that brought them to this strange, barren land.

I got over the cold quickly. My family immigrated to Vancouver during the 1996 storm of the century.

That girl was me. Just a few days prior, I had been frolicking on the lawns of Zhejiang University, where my parents were launching prestigious STEM careers. …


A young entrepreneur’s journey to transform learning spaces everywhere.

Image for post
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Over two years, my co-founder Grace and I got to visit over 100 schools around the country. That includes High Tech High, where we met some of the best student tour guides!

December of 1996, Vancouver was hit with the “Snow Storm of the Century.” Local dignitaries called for a state of emergency. Cold and confused, a wide-eyed four-year-old clung to her young mother’s coat as they stepped off the plane that brought them to this strange, barren land.

I got over the cold quickly. My family immigrated to Vancouver during the 1996 storm of the century.

That girl was me. Just a few days prior, I had been frolicking on the lawns of Zhejiang University, where my parents were launching prestigious STEM careers. …

About

Jane Z.

Product Marketing Manager @ shift.io. Previously CEO & Co-founder @room2learn.

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