Investing in the Future Of Learning With Guest Lee Jacobs

Lee Jacobs
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Long Journey Ventures
November 9, 2022
27
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Lee Jacobs is the founder and partner of Long Journey Ventures and Edelweis.vc. He has a penchant for helping new startups and businesses deemed ‘weird’ in their infant years. Some companies Lee has backed early on are Fitbit, Blue Bottle, Space X, and Uber. Notably, Lee was an early investor in Wonderschool, and his wife, Rebecca Grubman, was the first Wonderschool employee!

Lee Jacobs

Lee Jacobs is the founder and partner of Long Journey Ventures and Edelweis.vc. He has a penchant for helping new startups and businesses deemed ‘weird’ in their infant years. Some companies Lee has backed early on are Fitbit, Blue Bottle, Space X, and Uber. Notably, Lee was an early investor in Wonderschool, and his wife, Rebecca Grubman, was the first Wonderschool employee!

What Past Experiences Shape the Future of Learning?

Curiosity and inquiry are born during our early childhood experiences. Just ask today’s guest, Lee Jacobs. As an adult, Lee has gone on to become a founder and partner of venture capital firm Long Journey Ventures, and Edelweis.vc. Lee has a penchant for helping new startups and businesses deemed ‘weird’ in their infant years, such as Fitbit, Blue Bottle, Space X, and Uber.

Lee’s inquisitive nature can be traced back to his formative years. Since both of his parents worked throughout his childhood, Lee spent much of his childhood in the care of his Trinidadian nanny, Suzanne, before entering a small Jewish preschool. After preschool, Lee’s parents were able to place him in a small, progressive K-8 private school. The close-knit nature of these formative years allowed Lee’s curiosity to blossom, while his grade school’s hands-on, student-paced approach furthered his love for learning and questioning.

In my interview with Lee, we discuss the skills he learned to embrace from his early childhood experiences and how these experiences influenced his investment career as an adult. We discuss the importance of mastery-based learning that allows children to navigate through curriculum at their own pace and how promoting a love for discovery early on can foster the qualities needed for the fast-paced, ever-changing world that we live in.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How Lee’s childhood influenced his love for learning and career choice as an adult
  • Why curiosity is such an important quality to foster during childhood
  • The benefits of child-centered, mastery-based learning
  • The importance of exposing children to the world outside of their own neighborhood

 

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