The future of education with Lambda School's Austen Allred

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March 12, 2019, 9 p.m.

On this episode, Abadesi talks to Austen Allred, co-founder and CEO of Lambda School. Lambda School is a pioneer in the income-sharing agreement (ISA) space. They offer live online courses in software development, data science and design that are free until you get a job, at which point you re-pay a capped portion of your income to Lambda School.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Austen's adventures abroad prior to starting Lambda School, including what he learned through his travels as a missionary in Ukraine, and the time he booked a one-way ticket to Shanghai on a whim.
  • The challenges inherent in the inflexibility of education and how Lambda School is hoping to change the traditional model of how people train for and find careers.
  • Austen's leadership style at Lambda, why he took venture capital even though he had earlier said he would never do so, and how they work as a distributed team.

We also talk about some of the tools that Austen and the team at Lambda School use to stay productive.

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Quotes from This Episode

“Not much can influence somebody’s life and their outlook so much as their income. It’s crazy to me that there’s not a way of rapidly shifting people to where they should be in the economy.” — Austen

“I crave that steep learning curve and the adventure of being extremely uncomfortable. You underestimate just how difficult day-to-day life can be when you’re trying to learn a second language.” — Austen

“The problem that you want to solve is a problem that’s been around for a long time, it’s something that’s fundamental to humans — it’s not a side problem.” — Austen

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

AirPods — Wireless headphones from Apple.

Amazon Echo — Smart speaker you control with your voice.

Notion — The all-in-one workspace.

Pocket — Save and read news, articles and videos that fuel your mind.

Slack — Messaging for teams.

Superhuman — The fastest email experience ever made.