Today on his blog, Fred Wilson defined a venture capital firm as follows:
A venture capital firm, at least our venture capital firm, is at its core, a group of like-minded investors who come together around a shared investment thesis to work collaboratively to help entrepreneurs build companies.
When I was reading the definition, I found myself replacing certain words to see if the definition would apply equally well to schools.
A school is, at its core, a group of like-minded educators who come together around a shared educational thesis to work collaboratively to help students build skills and knowledge.
I think this definition does apply to schools — but only those schools that have really done a lot of work to articulate their educational thesis. So maybe it doesn’t apply to that many schools after all.