David Kirby is co-founder of Acton Academy of Washington, DC. Before becoming an education entrepreneur, David had built a very successful career working in a non-profit in DC. But while his career was celebrated as successful he felt like there was something missing and it eventually led him to make the entrepreneurial plunge.
In this episode Isaac and David dive into David's journey through a more traditional path and what led him to co-founding an Acton Academy school.
In this episode:
Why did David decide to leave the non-profit organization that he used to work with to pursue a more entrepreneurial route
How did David’s path though traditional education (Bates College, Harvard, Oxford) affect the way he approached his career
Raising money as an entrepreneur vs raising money for a non-profit
The challenges of opening a school in a large urban setting
Creating a children’s business fair as a wind to create a community and test for demand for the school
What is David’s advice for people who have been on the conventional education path and feel afraid to break off
Learn more about David at actondc.org or the Acton Children's Business Fair (https://www.childrensbusinessfair.org/)
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