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A 35-year-old who dropped out of high school had a vision of a utopian future for China, the US, and the world — and it’s led her to the forefront of a tech startup worth $3 billion

The Chinese education startup VIPKid, which connects fluent English-speaking teachers with Chinese students, raised $500 million in April for a valuation of over $3 billion. The company is led by its 35-year-old high-school dropout founder, Cindy Mi, who believes the company can help bridge cultural gaps between China, the US, and elsewhere while making high-quality education accessible and increasing interactions between people of different cultures. The company faces stiff competition but has thus far succeeded in large part because of its fervent community of more than 38,000 teachers, who generally seem enthusiastic about both the mission and the opportunity for supplemental income. At the same time, some teachers of color have reported experiencing rude, awkward, ignorant, or racist incidents with parents and students. The company has faced criticism from some teachers of color who say the company is not being proactive enough about addressing the issue. Cindy Mi, the 35-year-old founder and CEO of the online-class startup VIPKid, remembers the day the education system failed her. A 35-year-old who dropped out of high school had a vision of a utopian future for China, the US, and the world — and it’s led her to the forefront of a tech startup worth $3 billion

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