About Allie Shipper

I am a not-so-average college student on a mission to understand the education space - and to revolutionize it. I study nonprofit management at a large research university, and after taking a semester hiatus to work, I returned to campus with fresh ideas of what I demand from my experience. Re-entering the classroom was jarring, and I quickly became disturbed by the wilted passion displayed by students and professors alike. With students focused on memorization and professors teaching courses unrevised since the advent of the internet, I decided to demand answers. I am now on an espresso-fueled quest to raise the bar. I only break from raising hell to refill my soy latte or to take my border collie to the dog park. Talk to me about community building, bourbon, and Detroit hockey.

Everything is About to Change

It was widely reported yesterday that Inkling signed a contract with McGraw Hill and Pearson publishing companies. Inkling is backed by venture dollars in a big way. Sequoia Capital, the venture capital firm that is the poster child for all things valued by Silicon Valley, invested in Inkling back in late 2009. This is big [...]

It’s Not Me, It’s You

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The evening before another Monday, and I’m already planning my excuse to [...]

Consume During Class Hours, or Be Consumed

As I cursed the ice-laden sidewalk on my way to class today, I was struck by the absurdity of holding class on a day when the rest of the city had shut down. I could not get my caffeine fix at my favorite coffee shop, nor could I withdraw quarters from the bank with which [...]