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Entrepreneur Guest Speakers in Economics Class

From Frida LeBreton-Greiner and Jessi Brown, Economics Teachers:

In the third quarter, seniors switched from Government to Economic class. The Economics class introduces students to the basics of micro and macroeconomics and teaches them about the financial market through a web-based stock market simulation platform. Students learn about different financial instruments and their inherent risk (stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and cryptocurrency) and apply their knowledge by managing a large financial portfolio through this platform.

Students also spend a great deal of time exploring the world of entrepreneurship. This year with the Pandemic, seniors will choose between launching their own e-commerce business or working on analyzing and understanding product life cycles and their sustainability. On Tuesday January 19, the Economics class hosted two guest speakers on Zoom, Yu Wu and Alexa LeBars, from e-commerce startup company Cider. The speakers talked to our seniors about entrepreneurship and running a business pandemic-style. Cider is an early-stage fashion e-commerce startup with offices in both US and Asia. They operate as a “thoughtfully-produced and made-to-order” fashion business model. The company was founded by a seasoned team of ex-Uber Eats and other technology executives assembled worldwide, with all of them successfully working remotely in different time zones. The two speakers shared their vision, enthusiasm and tips on what they have learned on their journey. Most importantly, they were optimistic about the future job market despite the Pandemic, and emphasized the market need for young talents in technology with creative minds. They strongly believe that students should focus in school on the ability to learn new skills and adapt quickly to new situations and technology.

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