red right fox is an aron solomon thing
The term "red right fox" is part of the legendary West Coast Offense in football. Key components to the West Coast Offense are precision-timed passing, variable offensive formations, and utilizing the best of each player's skills. This offense takes as its foundation the following realities: the game is fast, we need to be flexible in embracing change, be willing to mix things up, and always (always ALWAYS) play to our strengths.
I see life and business the same way.
So red right fox is an idea, a place for some of my things to reside that will go far beyond the old aronsolomon.com into something newly unfolding. This isn't a business site, nor is it a personal one. Where my old aronsolomon.com site (which I had for very close to a decade) was, I think, a very limited site, red right fox is a space for ideas to seed and grow.
Welcome to red right fox.
what red right fox stands for
At its core, red right fox stands for value and authenticity.
Far too often, businesses spend ridiculous amounts of money creating pointless illusions. What they should be doing is creating much better experiences for the people who use what they make. It's obvious, but I think that if businesses focus on making things that are great, then people will want to keep engaging with their brands.
So, car companies should make safer, more comfortable, cars that we actually love to drive. Schools should offer better quality education that is so interesting that students will want to engage with the school on a deeper level and learn more. And better mousetraps should be built every day that look cool and catch mice with, well, elan. Yeah. Elan.
aron solomon bio (the third-person version)
Techvibes described Aron Solomon in this way: "In building both his career and his image, Solomon has put in his time. He might be one of North America's foremost thinkers in education innovation."
A global strategist, entrepreneur, and advisor, Aron Solomon has close to thirty years of experience at the intersection of education and innovation. Having done much of what one can actually do in education - from teaching and coaching sports to fundraising, student recruitment, institutional strategy, and actually running schools - Aron was awarded a Ford Fellowship in 2003. As his leadership project, he launched the first independent school in-house consulting business, which became profitable in its first year.
Soon after, Aron became COO of a very early global e.learning initiative. In this role, he established and communicated a new online brand throughout the world with a focus on India and China. He was also the CEO and first employee of THINK Global School, the most innovative high school in the world, where students study in three international cities each academic year.
Aron is a serial entrepreneur who has launched everything from the first luxury-branded education pop-up, to a global education design studio, to a thriving innovation consultancy that imparts the attributes, values, and techniques of Silicon Valley to audiences around the world. Aron describes himself, ultimately, as "one who could never even consider doing something that doesn't at least aim at global change."
He holds an undergraduate degree in political theory, a graduate degree and teaching certificate in english and economics, and a juris doctor degree. He has also completed a certificate from the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago - where he had the great good fortune to be taught leadership by Dr. Deepak Chopra - and attended the Master Class from Sweden's Hyper Island.
A final point of note, Aron has traveled 3,000,000 miles in the business of education x innovation, including 55 trips to mainland China. He has accumulated - and used - a lot of Star Alliance airline points and eaten far too many flavorless chicken dishes.
and the stuff that's very now and very happening (first-person version)
I spend my days as a Senior Advisor at the world's preeminent innovation center - MaRS in Toronto. There, I play a leadership role in one of the world's largest and most important education technology and innovation practices, which I helped build. Incredibly good luck, being able to work with around 200 EdTech startups. I also work outside the education space daily, advising a wide range of innovators and startups in businesses ranging from pets (I'm a huge dog person), art, mobile, and the internet of things.
Over the past few years, I've been included in some truly amazing and inspirational things. I'm often asked to help with a huge range of initiatives. I have a serious problem in that I find it almost impossible to say no to great things, which include:
- judging and doing pitch prep at Startup Weekend
- judging the Milken family foundation/University of Pennsylvania business planning competition
- judging the $5M North43 startup competition
- regular engagements at universities around the world to speak about innovation and startups
- talks on how to start up a startup
- mentorship at startup accelerators, including FounderFuel, JOLT, and INcubes
- delivering workshops on innovation for educators at venues such as SXSW
- a deep commitment to the "rust belt" cities of the US, which will be the key to any economic resurgence
- regular involvement in the startup communities of Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Beijing
Finally, the main reason the blog here at red right fox is far less active than it once was is because I'm a regular contributor to sites and publications such as Techvibes, Betakit, Medium (where my piece on how Uber does business in a natural disaster was one of the most popular pieces in 2013 with over 100,000 reads), the MaRS blog, and more. And, yes, I'm actually (and very slowly) working towards a book about startups, innovation, and the like.