Here, I break down what makes On Deck such a powerful learning experience

Here’s an example of what has become a fun ritual during ODF kickoffs, virtual carpools listening to local radio stations across the world 🌍🌎🌏.

On Deck (tagline: where top tech talent goes to explore what’s next) is a company that runs learning experiences as fellowships. It started off in 2015 focused on community building for and by founders in major tech hubs around the world and launched its first On Deck Fellowship (ODF) cohort for founders in 2019.

On Deck’s aim is to build ‘a modern education institution,’ having publicly announced raising a $3 million round Aug 2020 to build ‘a platform serving the many strands of identity of ambitious people who want to change the world.’

As a founder and a participant in…


What we can learn from a quote about bricklaying + frameworks from education and experience + expressing and evolving our purpose over time

📷 Image Sources: Left + Center + Right

One Job, Three Perspectives

“I am laying bricks.”

“I am finishing a wall.”

“I am building a cathedral.”

Read those statements again, and reflect for a moment: what’s the difference between them?

It’s the same job, but what’s different is what the individual has chosen to focus on and how they have chosen to give meaning to what they do.

As a friend shared with me recently, each perspective is usually associated with the following attributes:

  • Chore or project orientation: a focus on material benefits; the job is a means toward a financial end to enjoy time away from work. This person’s desires are…

As pandemic pods spread, parents are scrambling to find solutions for their kids and ‘grieving the loss of normal school’

Co-author: Zach Kagin | Originally drafted July 27

📷 source, WOSU Radio’s Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. In this edition, they heard from Ohioans sharing their feelings about the impending school year, and the state’s plans on how to safely reopen classes.

🔮 Predictions

Two months ago, after producing my first 🌍🌏🌎 virtual education unconference, I drafted 10 Education Predictions For The Next 10 Years. I want to highlight the first three:

  1. Education gets the macro event needed to actually significantly shift its modus operandi toward being flexible and virtual. Shifting to virtual does not mean edtech is the end-all, be-all, but rather that many things once considered sacred (physical presence, attendance, days of school, curriculum coverage, the ‘grammar of school’) get revisited and reconfigured. (The longer COVID-19 goes on for, the more likely this is to happen.)
  2. The roles of education and the…

When have I felt most aligned, energized and filled with purpose in my life?

A beautiful quote from David Whyte originally found here | Image source

If you’ve experienced the privilege and struggle of trying to figure out your purpose, your meaning, your why, then you know that this is both a surprisingly simple and devilishly difficult question to answer.

One of the best ways to (re)discover or (re)define an answer, is to ask this question of ourselves through reflection:

When have I felt most aligned in my life with what I am doing?

In other words, when have I felt energized, excited, meaningful, purposeful, creative — a sense of deep pride in my work or life?

Then, some beautiful corollary questions:

What did it feel…


When profit and scale trump people and safety

What can go wrong when platforms don’t fully appreciate how bad actors can manipulate or leverage their technology for harm. And how ridesharing platforms have responsibility to build features to prioritize safety not just for passengers, but for drivers as well.

EDIT 5 Aug 2020: Thanks 🙏🏼 to the 6 generous souls who have donated $900 to help my friend get back on his feet. $1,100 more will make him completely whole for car repairs, lost income, medical bills and replacement tools (e.g., phone). You can contribute via Venmo.

He’s gotten back to work thanks to all your support!

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What I learned gathering 30 people online 30 May 2020 for the world’s 1st virutal unconference during COVID to explore the transformational power of education

O n Saturday, 30 May 2020, I organized my first 🌍🌎🌏 global virtual education unconference. It exceeded my wildest expectations as 30 participants joined from Johannesburg, Mauritius, Accra, Nairobi, Mochudi (Botswana), Medellín, London, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston and DC. But don’t just take my word for it:


With a particular focus on hubs in each region: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt

From an intro to fintech startups in Africa published by Dipolelo Moime via VC4A in 2016

Articles I’ve published from the last couple months include:

I’ve decided to tackle a new industry and topic this week: financial services and fintech.

Saison Capital was looking for Scouts to help their fund source deal flow and get smarter on markets around the world. Although they…


Opportunities to find cofounders, build startups and get funding (and potential sources of dealflow for angel investors and seed funds)

Beautiful map of global air traffic networks circa 2016 thanks to this article and Martin Grandjean’s original post

Originally published 19 May 2020. Anything without a date was added then. As I add more or more context, will tag with a date.

A s an entrepreneur beginning to contemplate what’s next, I’ve been exploring numerous new communities since the beginning of this year. I’d like to share some emerging communities, networks and opportunities that I’ve found powerful and some I still hope to explore.

The silver lining of COVID is that it’s shown how strong team our team at Streetlight is and allowed a deepening relationship with my partner. …


Prime Editing is the latest breakthrough in genome editing and adds a potential tool to the CRISPR-Cas9 toolkit

From an article on gene editing from The Conversation

Contents

  1. Introducing to the World: Prime Editing (pt. 1)
  2. DNA and RNA: A Refresher (pt. 1)
  3. Editing The Genome: Enter CRISPR-Cas9 (pt. 1)
  4. A Complementary Technique to CRISPR-Cas9: Base Editing (pt. 2)
  5. An Evolved Version of Base Editing: Prime Editing (pt. 2)
  6. Why This Is Groundbreaking: Word Processors (pt. 3)
  7. A Final Word On Ideation, Iteration and Innovation (pt. 3)
  8. 🔑 Takeaways (pt. 3)

Return to pt. 1 or pt. 2.

6. Why This Is Groundbreaking: Word Processors


Prime Editing is the latest breakthrough in genome editing and adds a potential tool to the CRISPR-Cas9 toolkit

From an article on gene editing from The Conversation

Contents

  1. Introducing to the World: Prime Editing (pt. 1)
  2. DNA and RNA: A Refresher (pt. 1)
  3. Editing The Genome: Enter CRISPR-Cas9 (pt. 1)
  4. A Complementary Technique to CRISPR-Cas9: Base Editing (pt. 2)
  5. An Evolved Version of Base Editing: Prime Editing (pt. 2)
  6. Why This Is Groundbreaking: Word Processors (pt. 3)
  7. A Final Word On Ideation, Iteration and Innovation (pt. 3)
  8. 🔑 Takeaways (pt. 3)

Continued from pt. 1. Or skip ahead to pt. 3.

4. A Complementary Technique to CRISPR-Cas9: Base Editing

or as the Liu Group titled their paper specifically:
Programmable base editing of A•T to G•C in genomic DNA without DNA cleavage

Because of the limitations listed above of ZFNs, TALENs and CRISPR-Cas9 (all require DSBs and…

David Fu

davidfu.co | Ever-evolving, global ed & innovation entrepreneur | CEO Streetlight Schools | expansion lead 4.0 Schools | ex-i-banker | Joburg Global Shaper @WEF

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