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Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

Michelle Brown is an educator by training, and an entrepreneur by necessity. Having taught in both low-income and high resource schools, Michelle felt empowered to create a tool to help bridge the gap, so that students had access to a stellar education regardless of their socioeconomic status. A couple of years later, CommonLit was born.

CommonLit is a free tool that offers reading passages, tracking tools, and customized assistance for students in grades 5-12. In this Fireside Chat, we talked to Michelle about how she developed CommonLit and disseminated it to millions of students and teachers across the country. Continue reading Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

Using Technology to Change Consumerism: a Fireside Chat with the Co-founders of Frntal

Hameed Bello and Marlon Taylor met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where they were classmates and fraternity brothers. With a similar “get-it-done” work ethic and itch for entrepreneurism, they co-founded Frntal, an app for users to lease and rent items in a peer-to-peer marketplace. Anything from books, to landscaping equipment, to a parking spot can be rented from Frntal, allowing lessors to earn money on unused items and lessees to save money instead of purchasing. Frntal launched in February of 2017 and has 500 active users since its inception.

In this Fireside Chat, we learned about the opportunities and challenges of founding a tech startup, and most importantly, how to make and save money using Frntal. Continue reading Using Technology to Change Consumerism: a Fireside Chat with the Co-founders of Frntal