Our Team


Joshua Pierce

After starting my career in the standard parts of Wall Street (Salomon Smith Barney and the Riverside Company), I went to work in charter schools (Edison Schools) and found a calling.  Building sustainable education businesses around effective outcomes models is what I've spent 12 years doing.  Over time that evolved to doing more in and around higher education, in particular in the areas of how colleges can better address today's learner through technology as well as how people can or can't pay for the credentials they need to improve their lives.  I started Socratic Ventures in 2010 to work with bona fide education entrepreneurs and to help them construct sustainable, scalable businesses to effect lasting change in the world.   

Harvard Business School
Texas A&M


Randall Macon

I spent the early years out of college working in startups focusing on the intersection of art and technology. In the early 2000, I led the development of LeapFrog Toys Internet-connected adaptive learning product line. That experience opened up an amazing opportunity to lead the creation and launch of the the LIVESTRONG brand and educational platform for cancer survivors. Over the years I have had the privilege of developing innovation products for a broad spectrum of education companies from the K-12 space to a one of a kind mentoring platform for a nationally ranked MBA program in entrepreneurship. Socratic Ventures is truly a unique organization that is driving scalable impact in the education space unlike any other.

Baylor University