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MEP #070 with Jakob Garrow, Co-Founder and CEO of EdTrips

In this episode of MEP, we have Jakob Garrow, the Co-Founder and CEO of EdTrips. We talk about what EdTrips is and the problem that he’s trying to solve. We also talk about education, experiential learning through the importance of travel, and also about business and building an entrepreneurial mindset. Enjoy the podcast!

Guest Bio:

Jakob Garrow co-founded EdTrips, an online platform for planning and organizing educational field trips, so that teachers can easily give their students the experiences that change their lives.

Before EdTrips, he founded WorldBrain, LLC, a company that enhances and expands the global experience for educators and travelers. Prior to that, he spent a year teaching in China, participated in the creation of two successful businesses, and managed a federal contracting company.

In the Edtrips website, Jakob shares that his favorite field trip is the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museums.

Jakob is a graduate of St. Lawrence University.

Show Notes:

(02:01) Jakob’s background

(04:12) What is it about travel that is so important to learning and development? What is it about that experiential thing that we get out of travel that’s so important?

(04:30) Jakob: Experience is the most powerful tool we have in education.

(06:00) Let’s take a look at the market. What’s the market size and what makes EdTrips unique in this market?

(07:29) So this isn’t just for teachers inside of schools, this is also for parents looking to bring  this sort of experience to children outside of the class , or even scout leaders, boy scouts, girl scout that sort of stuff?

(08:01) What sorts of venues have you partnered with that are taking advantage of your solutions?

(08:33)  So what do you see as next for EdTrips now that you have gotten this momentum? What are the next moves in 2015 – 2016 that you’re focused on?

(09:23) Most achievers have a close relationship with failure. Can you let the audience in on a failure you’ve experience and how you as a person or the company has been able to grow from it?

(12:03) You put in all this work into a product and it ends up not being the right venue and you have to pivot. From a mindset perspective, how do you persist and grow your resilience personally?

(14:40) What is the book that has most influenced you and why?

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

(16:00) Do you watch documentaries, and if so, what’s your favorite?

(16:21) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

General George Patton: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”


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Nick DiNardo is the founder and host of the Meet Education Project, a podcast series featuring entrepreneurs, VCs and thought leaders taking action on the future of learning. Nick has worked in education for 10 years, working for some of the big players (Pearson & McGraw-Hill), as VP of Marketing for a seed stage ed tech startup, and an independent consultant. He also serves on the board of directors for Argosy Collegiate Charter School in Fall River, MA. When he's not chatting about the future of learning, Nick is reading, traveling, golfing, or drinking a glass of whisky (sometimes, all of the above).