Eleanor Xiafei Chin
Bio: Hi! I'm Eleanor Xiafei Chin. Born in Changzhou, China (that's a small town near Nanjing), I was adopted into a half-Chinese, half-Caucasian family. I was homeschooled from age five until I graduated high school and in college, I majored in East Asian Languages. Definitive times for me were studying abroad in Taipei, Beijing, and Seoul, and backpacking through the Southeast Asia region. I'm a Protagonist/Commander personality blend on the Myers-Briggs test and a 5 sub 3 on the Enneagram.
My career so far has been anything BUT linear--I interned at a translation house, I was involved in Startup Grind, I taught in a Montessori preschool, I taught English and Japanese, I worked in retail, I was a film production assistant, I completed a fellowship for community-based impact, I planned and managed all-digital hackathons between China and Singapore, and most recently, I managed people operations for an AI startup that detected respiratory diseases.
Admittedly, I'm super-duper curious about everything under the sun, but right now, I'm really interested in the financing of innovation to solve wicked problems--in the words of Kara Logan Berlin, founder and CEO of Harvest, if you want to change the world, you have to know how to pay for it. I also get excited about implementing the amazing ideas and interventions that are already existing--in the words of Monsieur Jacques, from Red Sails to Capri, "Men dream, and then they run to catch up with their dreams. That is progress…We need both kinds of men--the dreamers and those who try to make the dreams come true."
What place do you call home? I'm an East Bay Area native, I lived very happily in Taipei and Beijing. Lived less happily in Seoul for some time.