Acknowledging that education is free and abundant, we focus on delivering what matters instead: a formative internship experience that cultivates soft and hard skills, invaluable networking, and mentorship.
Our goal is to set tens of thousands of young people up for success by helping them start earlier — debt free — with a world-class foundation that will propel them to success.
80% of the value of college is signaling.
― Bryan Caplan, The Case Against Education
Humans aren't software and don't scale like it either. We are bootstrapped, deliberate, and focused holistically on all stakeholders.
To that end, we commit to investing any net operational surplus into an endowment that will serve as an additional funding source to continuously enrich our offering, maintain the highest standards of excellence, and expand access to underprivileged communities.
“Always deliver more than expected.”
― Larry Page
What matters at work and in entrepreneurship is creating value. We believe the best way to learn how to create value is practice in the real world.
Existing to serve the needs of our community first, we’re reimagining credentialing from first principles — toward not only what's possible, but necessary for our stakeholders.
“The best teachers are on the Internet. The best books are on the Internet. The best peers are on the Internet.”
― Naval Ravikant
Founder and Mentor
The world's first open credential
Inspiration can come from anywhere, and produce countless forms of achievement. We're open to all manifestations of excellence in a way that contemplates scholastic achievement but does not require it. And we look across the socioeconomic spectrum.
Early talent can demonstrate the most desirable traits to employers in countless ways, without need for irrelevant coursework and exorbitant, outmoded middlemen.
In addition to self-directed internships, we collaborate with innovative employers to sponsor creative challenges for fellows to showcase their talents.
We supplement your early career journey with resources, mentorship and and programming from industry leaders to propel the steepest career ascent.
Everyone is an owner, because ownership leads to proactive problem solving and action.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
― Pablo Picasso
Work on what you want, how you want, when you want. The more it interests you, the further we'll all go.
“Reward and punishment is the lowest form of education.”
― Chuang Tzu
You don't need permission. Do your best work, and let the result speak for itself.
“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”
― Jonas Salk
Explore and iterate the best versions of yourself, and develop the skills to ultimately pave your own road.
“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
― Jack London