You don’t begin with a manifesto and a top-heavy board of advisors

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Pano Kanelos has left his post as president of St. John’s College in Annapolis (the Great Books school) to build the University of Austin, dedicated to the fearless pursuit of truth.

Arnold Kling wishes them luck, but he doesn’t think that this is how start-ups work:

You don’t begin with a manifesto and a top-heavy board of advisors. You begin with a few very energetic founders trying to put together a prototype. I say get some proof-of-concept work done, then go after endorsements. Yes, it’s hard to do “proof-of-concept” if your mental model is to be a better version of Harvard. But that means you should have a different mental model.


  1. Harry Jones says:

    It’s not so much a start up as a rebellion with a business model.

  2. Contaminated NEET says:

    It’s not a start up or a rebellion. It’s a grift.

  3. Wang Wei Lin says:

    It will be woke. It will fail.

  4. Harry Jones says:

    My understanding is it’s supposed to be a reaction to woke. If it goes woke, I will conclude that NEET was right all along.

  5. bomag says:

    Looks like a quaint attempt to salvage higher ed.

    Is the thing salvageable? Besides sports, it seems mainly a way to channel high achieving women into careers that delay childbearing; and this is vigorously defended.

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