April 13, 2021

My Startup Journey: Eating Acorns and Designing Better Classrooms

To cap off Season 1, Severin from Episode 4 comes back to interview me, Jane Z.! We take a trip down through my multi-leg journey of entrepreneurship, from building a neighborhood piano school at age 13 to designing a student-run cafe at McGill University, building a clean tech startup community in Vancouver, to co-founding the first-ever classroom design platform. We also discuss my research on food systems, from growing tomatoes in urban greenhouses to making acorn tofu. 

Sev and I pull back the curtain on the highs and lows of our startup journeys - from the excitement of building something from scratch to the burnout of doing too much. This sets us up for season 2, which will be all about how to build a thriving creative business without losing your mind.

>> Links to Jane’s work
Nutty Futures - Jane’s children’s book on acorns: https://issuu.com/janezy/docs/nutty_futures_book_final
Nutty Futures research paper: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348634267_Nutty_Futures_Balanoculture_for_the_World
Nutty Futures video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okvOaSQwPo8
Creative Learning Spiral - book chapter on how to design spaces for creative learning: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-15-7497-9_19

>> Resources mentioned
The Story of Stuff & Planned Obsolescence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM&t=5s How to process acorns and make acorn flour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkSSk9I8u7g room2learn’s Medium site: https://medium.com/room2learn  

>> Episodes mentioned
Jennifer Zhang: https://www.insideoutwithjane.com/jen-z/
Ryan Chen: https://www.insideoutwithjane.com/ryan-chen/

>> Connect with Jane:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/1janezhang/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janezyyy/