“We do have a lot in common. The same air, the same Earth, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what’s the same instead of always looking at what’s different... well, who knows?”
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Los Angeles, Tony long thought that doing well in school equated to doing well in life. That was true to a certain extent, until he realized he couldn’t quite cut it in academia. That led him on an unconventional journey to building a math game, reporting on education technology (at EdSurge), and now supporting edtech entrepreneurs in their mission to help future generations of learners and teachers. He wishes some of the lessons learned along the way were easier. But growth and comfort cannot always coexist.
Education is the engine for socioeconomic mobility. It also lays the groundwork for finding and pursuing purpose, through exposure to people, ideas and opportunities that allow us to discover ourselves. And somewhat selfishly, I also believe that an informed and educated society is to our personal benefit.
Little Known Facts
- Taught English for a summer in Inner Mongolia, where students ranged from 6 to 60
- Thrown off and kicked by a horse in the same town
- Enjoys running, drumming and golfing
- But really doesn’t like mushrooms (any of 14,000+ species)