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Startup Corner: Jeremy Alsup and Seth Jaeger, Ready Mind Consulting LLC

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Minimally viable product …
The Ready Mind begins with the premise that the best educational environments foster autonomy, inquiry and mindfulness, and they affirm an optimistic view of the future. As a consulting group, we host events and come alongside educational institutions to develop a culture that values scalable and sustainable thought reform for the betterment of the student, the educator and the community.

Value proposition …
As my colleague, Seth Jaeger, and I began to develop this vision, we kept returning to this basic thesis: The educational experience must necessarily give all participants the freedom to explore those things that bring the most intellectual life. Our unique role is to partner with educational communities to begin a conversation so this philosophy is realized in a systemic and responsible way.

Seed money …
After development, our current costs are primarily associated with hosting Ready Mind events, where we network like-minded innovators from various educational communities. Our first event, at 425 Downtown on Nov. 7, will begin the dialogue with perspectives on intellectual autonomy.

Hurdles …
Harnessing the many relevant ideas about improving education with those who traditionally reject the current narrative. What we offer is totally unlike traditional professional development; for this reason, our first hurdles are cynicism and misplaced expectations.

Pivot …
We are committed to partnering with institutions that are willing to promote adaptive changes over technical ones. Our pivot is focusing not just on one captivating training session, or helping educators develop one interesting lesson, but rather joining with them to implement lasting change. This was a tremendous pivot for us several years ago and continues to be a paradigmatic shift in the educational community.

Biggest mistake …
One of the biggest mistakes any young business can make is not valuing its expertise appropriately. If you are excellent, the partner should receive excellent outcomes, and your compensation should be excellent, also.

Best advice …
Be a reflective practitioner. I received this advice with a nonprofit I started, and it continues to shape my vocational life. As a team, Seth and I are constantly evaluating the decisions we make so they clearly align with our vision.



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