The Education Behind Elon Musk's Children


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To investors,

Today I am announcing an investment in Synthesis, which is the education spin-out from the school that Elon Musk custom built for his own children.

The traditional school system teaches our children rote memorization and measures success based on end of year test results. This is not the best way to prepare young children for the real world. The system leaves children lacking critical thinking skills, along with problem solving, independent thought, creativity, and teamwork experience.

Elon Musk realized this years ago and decided to build a school on the SpaceX campus for his own children. Musk partnered with Josh Dahn to create Ad Astra, which became the educational experience that he believed would be best for the children that he wanted to raise. Ad Astra (now known as AstraNova) uses simulations, case studies, fabrication and design projects, labs, and corporate collaboratives to develop students that are enthralled by complexity and solving for the unknown.

The only problem is that the AstraNova experience was only available to a select few families who could get into the program. But Josh Dahn, the co-creator of AstraNova, wanted to bring this game-changing educational program to the masses.

Enter Synthesis.

Josh Dahn has teamed up with Chrisman Frank, an early employee at ClassDojo, to create a software based solution that puts children ages 7-14 through the one-of-a-kind program. These children are taught critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, creativity, independent thought, and teamwork. Simply, Synthesis prepares children for the real world in a way that the traditional education system does not.

Listen to this 10 year old kid talk about his assessment of a situation, his team’s resources, and his decision to pass the leadership position to the best suited team member. Most adults can’t do this:

The lack of critical thinking and problem solving skills being taught in our education system should be a national emergency. Rather than complain about it, the team at Synthesis is doing something about it. Josh and Chrisman have put together an incredible team, including former teachers like Ana Lorena Fabrega and others.

If you want your child to be more proficient and better prepared for the real world, you should consider signing up here:

The company has been growing incredibly fast. They have seen 50% monthly compounded growth since the start of November and are now doing over $1 million in annual run rate. More than 85% of all students stay in the program after 90 days. The takeaway? Synthesis works.

I’m joined in this round by a list of other incredible investors, including Alexis Ohanian, Austen Allred (founder of Lambda School), Sam Teller (Elon's former chief of staff and partner at Valor Equity), Katie Wells (known as Wellness Mama), David Perrell, Austin Rief (founder of Morning Brew), my friend and former Facebook colleague Jonathan Gheller, and many others.

We have assembled an incredible team of operators and investors with one simple mission — educate your child with the problem solving and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for success in life. If that sounds compelling to you, you really should consider giving it a try.

Sign up your child for Synthesis:

If it is good enough for Elon Musk and his kids, it is probably good enough for you. Have a great day and I’ll talk to everyone tomorrow.


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Synthesis is an innovative new way for young students to learn critical thinking and problem solving skills. Pomp was so fascinated with the program that he invested. This episode is with Josh Dahn, Chrisman Frank, and Ana Lorena Fabrega.

In this conversation, the Synthesis team and I discuss:

  • Challenges is legacy education

  • Why critical thinking and problem solving is so important

  • How Josh started a school with Elon Musk

  • What Synthesis is doing

I really enjoyed this conversation with the Synthesis team. Hopefully you enjoy it too.


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