Alexis Ringwald spent six months in the unemployment lines of Silicon Valley. She realized a core problem was that unemployment offices trained people with skills they thought would help them get jobs. But applicants sent resumes and never knew why they were never hired. That’s when Ringwald realized the crucial stakeholder was missing in the training process — who knew better what skills applicants need than the companies themselves?
“The skills gap is an information gap,” Ringwald said. ”The current system is broken. Our education system is not adapting quickly enough to keep up with what the labor market needs.”
So Ringwald and co-founder Kenny Ma started LearnUp.