Josh is a reformed private equity investor who found a calling building new model companies in the education space. He started out in investment banking with Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) and transitioned to private equity with the Riverside Company in New York City. He left Riverside to work with twenty five charter schools across the United States at Edison Schools before going to business school. Since leaving Wall Street, he has started or helped to launch seven companies in the education space.
In 2010, Josh founded Socratic Ventures, a modest private equity fund focused on identifying bona fide entrepreneurs building new model education companies. A great deal of thought goes into using both of those terms but Socratic believes the best way to effect lasting change in education is to find and foster the businesses capable of delivering replicable learning outcomes with scalable business models. Since 2010, Socratic has helped to launch UniversityNow, Collegiate Gateways, Synergis Education, Student Loan Benefits and MeasureOne.
Josh is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie and also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the world’s biggest sucker for a book jacket, sails every chance he gets and fully expects to visit every country on earth before he dies.
From Seed Sumo:“Josh knows how to launch companies. He has deep experience in fundraising, but shares Seed Sumo’s understanding of the importance of early profit.”