With the idea that learning doesn’t have to end when you graduate from college, Malcolm Ong and Michael Karnjanaprakorn started up Skillshare, a platform where anyone can be a teacher and students of any age and caliber can participate.
For 15 percent of the cost of a class, which generally runs about $20 to $25 a student, Skillshare hosts classes as diverse as coding for beginners to needlepoint to getting around San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood.
The New York-based founders met while working at two different startups. But before long, they noted each other’s joint desire to witness a world where just getting into school wasn’t the end goal — learning would be. So the two embarked on a mission to sign up just one teacher and then five teachers and then ten. Today, the site has hosted thousands of classes across the U.S. and signed up many more students.
Plus, Skillshare has managed to raise more than $3.6 million in venture capital from the likes of Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital, the Founder Collective, SV Angel, Collaborative Fund, TechStars’ David Tisch, among others.
The startup’s founders tell us what it’s like to start and manage such a fast-growth company along with how they hope to achieve their big vision.
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