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Unleashing the Future of Education

Our Investment in Synthesis School

At OSV, one of our primary objectives is to develop and empower the creators of tomorrow, today. 

We’re therefore hugely excited to announce our investment in Synthesis School (Synthesis), which seeks to identify the STEM leaders of tomorrow and believes in giving all children access to the world’s most innovative education. 

In 2015, Elon Musk and educator Joshua Dahn joined forces to bring the world Ad Astra (Latin for “to the stars”), a school designed to educate the children of SpaceX employees. 

Synthesis is the next iteration of this groundbreaking educational project. It represents a new way of thinking about education, leveraging team thinking games to teach kids problem-solving, collaboration, and communication. 

Kylie - During a Synthesis School session

Synthesis officially launched in November 2020, led by Dahn and CEO Chrisman Frank, a veteran educator and engineer from Ed-tech unicorn ClassDojo. Dahn and Frank aim to help prepare children to solve complex problems and advance human civilization. 

Synthesis currently offers a weekly enrichment program, focusing on building the soft skills that kids too often miss in traditional school environments. It is also developing cutting-edge math and science offerings, with the goal of creating a "full stack" online school aimed at the world's most advanced science and technology students. 

Frank describes Synthesis as a massive tournament to find the next generation of STEM leaders and to give all children access to the world’s most innovative education. 

Our founder, Jim O’Shaughnessy, commented: “Tuned-in parents already understand that the ability to solve complex problems is the most valuable skill and something that is rarely taught or practiced in traditional schools. O’Shaughnessy Ventures believes that the opportunity for next-generation learning is enormous, and Synthesis School is leading the way.”

Chrisman Frank, the CEO of Synthesis School, commented: “Jim and his team see the pervasive problems with the industrial-educational complex. It kills human ingenuity—our most vital resource. I’m thrilled to welcome Jim as an investor and partner in our mission to advance human civilization through education.”

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