At Ivy Coach, we work with students from all around the world but we are, at our core, a deeply proud American business. It’s why we work with veterans and members of our military each and every year on a pro bono basis to help these brave men and women earn admission to the highly selective colleges of their dreams. It’s why we lift our collective voice in support of colleges that serve as trailblazers in the fight for LGBT equality. It’s why we are critical of admissions policies pertaining to the children of donors, since donors who make tax deductible gifts to college endowments should not be receiving benefits in return — like improved odds of admission for their children. It’s why we stand with the right of undocumented American young people to earn admission and pursue their educations at America’s most elite universities. It’s why we’ve got the backs of Asian American students and parents who rightly believe they face discrimination in the highly selective college admissions process.
These are values we espouse at our business. They are values we have always espoused. We are a business that was started about a quarter of a century ago by a high school counselor on Long Island who saw a need for expert admissions advice, for personalized attention that school counselors so often either don’t have the time, knowledge, or both to provide their students. The business, started by a woman during a time in which it was largely men who founded companies, would grow from a moonlighting side gig into the premier private college counseling firm in the world but we retain the values and personal attention of a small family business. These values that helped Ivy Coach become an American entrepreneurial success story remain our creed to this day.
And that is why we wish to echo again today two other seminal American values we hold and faithfully cherish: (1) the rights afforded to us in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the freedom of speech and of the press and (2) the rights afforded to us in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, the right for authors to have the exclusive right to their respective writings. We write with the indelible image of Gold Star father Khizr Kahn’s firm grip on our United States Constitution, and all that it represents, held before him, fixed in the banks of our conscience.
We create a whole lot of content on highly selective college admissions here at Ivy Coach. And we quite often catch folks who use our content without our authorization, claiming it as their own. May this post serve as a warning signal to these folks that (1) we will protect our intellectual property and spare no expense to do so and (2) we will exercise our rights afforded to us in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution by making examples of folks who publish our intellectual property, claiming it as their own.
At Ivy Coach, we believe in capitalism. We believe in a free market. But we believe in a fair free market. To publish our intellectual property without our authorization is an affront to the free market and it is thus, in our opinion, distinctly anti-American.