Boundless Life's Communities and Education for Digital Nomads
Rekha Magon is the cofounder and head of education for Boundless Life, which recently raised $2 million in seed funding to create communities around the world for digital nomad families. That offering includes an educational offering—a Nordic Baccalaureate program that is experiential, personalized, purposeful, nature-based, and, importantly, allows the child to continue to learn if the family moves. With sites so far in Portugal and Greece, as well as a third site launching in Italy, Rekha shared the vision behind Boundless Life, who it's serving, and what's behind its educational offerings. As always, you can listen above, read the transcript, or watch the conversation here:
Michael Horn: Boundless Life caught my attention because it's one of these companies that's really leaning into the moment where people feel much more untethered by where they historically have been located, they feel like they can move around a lot more. They have a certain amount of freedom to really work and learn from anywhere powered by the technology opportunities that have made this so possible for so many people, but also people still looking for a deep sense of community and things around it.
Boundless Life seems to be onto something on this regard. Thanks for being here, Rekha.
Rekha Magon: Hi, Michael. Thanks for having me.
Horn: Yeah. And so let's dig right in. As you describe Boundless Life, I just did my poor imitation of it, I suppose. But as you describe Boundless Life, what's your description and vision for it? And maybe more importantly just to ground us, what's the opportunity that you all saw, you and your co-founder, when you created it, that said, "Yeah, this is why this should exist in the world"?
Magon: Sure. I mean, I think the pandemic has been a huge catalyst in families kind of revaluing how it is that they want to live their lives, how do they want to spend their time. And I think the pandemic was also a great opportunity for families to get a deeper insight into how their children's current education looks like through virtual school that many families had to go through. I think there's just this huge market of people now who are looking for something different or looking for a different way to live their own lives, are looking for a different way to educate their own children.
And so we started Boundless about a year ago now. And really what we're doing is giving families the opportunity to live the digital nomad lifestyle that so many single people or people without children have been enjoying for years. So what we do with Boundless is really kind of provide a turnkey solution to people who want to slow travel the world by providing them fully furnished apartments, access to a co-working space where they can work throughout the day, and then obviously access to education. So we've developed an entire education system that kind of follows the child through all of our different locations.
Horn: A lot of that sounds fascinating. I want to dig into a bunch of those elements, but I want to step back first and just give the audience, and myself personally, just a sense to know your own personal story and how you came to create this. How did you get into education originally? How did you think about this question of community and serving this population? What's your own personal story?
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