UniversityNow, is a venture-backed education start-up that’s making higher education available for everyone through the launch of a freemium accredited university systems.
Unlike most of my fellows, my path to UniversityNow was forged intentionally. I made a pact with myself to reframe my professional experiences. Prior to 2009, majority of my working life has been in male dominated environments.
2009, was a seminal year for me. It was the year I turned 30 and the year I found out I was getting a divorce! As anyone who has had the unpleasant experience will know, it is devastating. However, when you have your whole world thrown out of whack, it present some rather interesting opportunities. The best way to understand divorce is to think of it as a kind of forced disruption, an unexpected opportunity to innovate. It gives you the opportunity to reinvent your identity and forge a new path. As a result, I decided that I would curate my life experiences with a view of the world where I am immersed in diversity and excellence!
Since I am in education technology, what would that world look like? It would look like Alice Agogino, one of my stalwart, trailblazing, kickass ninja advisors. It would look like Ryan Shelby, my lab mate, watch his TEDx talk, enough said. It would look like UniversityNow where I spent my summer as the Semantic Data Scientist.
What would a world in which diversity and excellence are not just buzz words, but a lived daily reality look like? It would look like us, the Kapor Capital Fellows, myth busted!
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