Lea and I are both from the Midwest — Lea from Michigan, and I am from Kentucky (South-Midwest, to be specific!) Lea is a startup operator currently at Column, and I work at On Deck, an incredible company built on education and community.

We both wanted to take a quantitative look at innovation and the Midwest. We both moved to the coasts after graduating college two years ago, but miss our homes- and want to give them a place in the growing VC narrative.

This was a really fun piece to work on. I grew up in Kentucky, but now…

Kyla Scanlon

Thinking. Los Angeles transplant via Kentucky. Passionate about educational equality, data science, and quantitative finance.

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