Jan. 26, 2021

Danielle Strachman (1517 Fund) on her investment in Luminar, misconceptions regarding education and college, and things to look for in founders without the traditional college narrative

Danielle Strachman (1517 Fund) on her investment in Luminar, misconceptions regarding education and college, and things to look for in founders without the traditional college narrative

Welcome back and a couple updates: 1) the intro is different, 2) I'm bumping the episode frequency up so new episodes each Tuesday and Thursday. Let me know what you think: send a message on Twitter @ConorRobbins3.

 

Today's conversation is with Danielle Strachman, founder and GP of 1517 Fund. Prior to 1517, Danielle helped build the Thiel Fellowship where she worked on operations and design. Before that, Danielle founded and directed Innovations Academy, a K-8 charter school focussing on student-led project based learning and other alternative programs. 

 

We spent a lot of time on the inefficiencies of the education system we've adopted and how both 1517 and the Thiel Foundation are contributing towards alternative paths. In the later half of this one, we spend a bunch of time on Danielle's investment in Luminar which just hit an $11 Billion market cap. I'll throw all of the links we mention below:

 

- Longevity Fund by Laura Demming

- Thiel Fellowship 

- What makes Mormons so successful?

- Ben & Jerry's How I Built This episode

- What's the Dough Boy afraid of?

- Luminar IPO

 

That's all. Enjoy, 

CR

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